Up until this point, Huawei has focused on book-style foldables with its Mate X line but it's finally time to meet its first horizontally-hinged handset, named the Huawei P50 Pocket.

The Chinese company already offered up what could be considered the most powerful and premium foldable currently out there – in the Mate X2 – which is the third entry in its lineage. However, similarly to Samsung's Z Fold and Z Flip dual foldable strategy, the P50 Pocket takes a fashion-forward approach, without skimping on standout hardware.

When does the Huawei P50 Pocket launch?

Huawei officially unveiled the P50 Pocket in China on 23 December 2021. Originally thought to be a Chinese exclusive, the phone subsequently hit pre-order in Asia-Pacific markets – including Malaysia – on 12 January 2022.

Huawei Germany's Twitter account then confirmed that both the Huawei P50 Pro and the P50 Pocket will both be making their way to Europe on 26 January 2022.

How much is the Huawei P50 Pocket?

In China, the P50 Pocket went on sale on the same day that it launched; starting at CNY¥8,988 (approximately £1,040/€1,245/US$1,415/INR₹105,000/AU$1,950) for the standard model, while the Premium Edition clocks in at CNY¥10,988 (approximately £1,275/€1,525/US$1,730/INR₹128,365/AU$2,380).

Equivalent Malaysia pricing turned out much the same too, starting at RM 5,999 (and RM 7,299 for the Premium Edition).

The most prominent competitors to the Pocket are, of course, Motorola's revived Razr and Samsung's ever-improving Galaxy Z Flip family.

At launch, the Razr 5G sported an RRP of £1,399/€1,499/US$1,399/CNY¥12,499, while the original Z Flip was similarly steep, at £1,300/€1,500/US$1,380/CNY¥11,999. Samsung has worked hard to refine the hardware and cost of its foldable clamshell, with 2021's Z Flip 3 clocking in at a markedly more palatable £949/€1,049/US$999/CNY¥7,599.

As such, even the base model is priced, not in the same fashion as the Z Flip 3 – working to democratise foldable phone technology amongst consumers – but as a premium, design-led entry in Huawei's foldable lineup.

What are the Huawei P50 Pocket specs?

Ahead of launch, the best images of the P50 Pocket came, strangely enough, from the Chinese edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine, which held a photoshoot with the phone and shared the shots on Weibo.

P50 Pocket Harper's Bazaar

The version depicted above is the P50 Pocket Premium Edition, which sports a textured and polished gold finish, designed in collaboration with haute couture designer Iris Van Herpen.

Aside from the distinct bling, the other key difference between this and the standard model – with its white diamond-shaped "3D micro-sculpture design" – is the inclusion of 12GB of RAM instead of 8GB and 512GB of storage in place of 256GB.

Beyond that (and price), both phone sport a similar external hardware layout and identical internals, with two circular elements on the outer face: one plays host to the Pocket's main triple "Ultra Spectrum Camera Matrix", while the other features a circular 1.04in touch cover display that, like the Razr and Z Flip before it, shows things like the time, notifications and can operate as a camera viewfinder.

That unusual rear camera setup is led by a 40Mp "True-Chroma" sensor, alongside a 13Mp 120° ultrawide sensor and a 32Mp "Ultra Spectrum Camera", which – paired with the arrangement's "10-channel multi-spectrum sensor" and "ultra spectrum illuminator" – can capture and display wavelengths of light beyond the range of natural human vision, by way of a Fluorescence mode.

This system also facilitates a sunscreen mode, which can highlight where sunscreen has and hasn't been applied to your face more clearly; an unexpected but nonetheless helpful inclusion.

Here's the full Huawei P50 Pocket spec sheet, based on the device being released in China:

  • Folding 6.9in 21:9 Full HD+ OLED display
    • 120Hz refresh rate
    • 1440Hz high-frequency PWM dimming
    • 300Hz touch sampling rate
    • 442ppi pixel density
  • Circular 1.04in 340x340 60Hz OLED cover display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G SoC
  • 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 256GB or 512GB storage
  • Rear cameras:
    • 40Mp f/1.8 "True Chroma" primary camera
    • 13Mp f/2.2 120° ultrawide camera
    • 32Mp f/1.8 "Ultra Spectrum" camera
    • "10-Channel Multi-Spectrum Sensor"
    • Laser autofocus
  • 10.7Mp f/2.2 hole-punch selfie camera
  • EMUI 12
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Face unlock
  • USB-C
  • Dual-SIM
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 40W fast charging
  • 190 grams
  • 170mm (unfolded)/87.3mm (folded) x 75.5mm x 7.2mm (unfolded)/15.2mm (folded)
  • Colours: White, Premium Gold

Should further availability information regarding the P50 Pocket's release outside of China emerge, we'll be sure to update this feature accordingly, so check back soon.