In what could be considered one of the most protracted phone launches in recent memory, Huawei has finally managed to bring its latest P series smartphones – specifically the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket – to a host of new markets internationally, as of 26 January 2022.

Huawei first unveiled the P50 series in July last year, with a China-only launch that brought local customers both the standard P50 and P50 Pro, while the foldable P50 Pocket didn't make its way to the Chinese market until late December 2021.

Huawei teased an international release for the series in October 2021 but it wasn't until mid-January 2022 that pre-orders opened in the first countries outside of China for both the Pro and Pocket (the base P50 remains a China-exclusive, for the time being).

Those who've been following along with the mobile industry over the past couple of years will know that for a variety of reasons – including a pandemic-challenged supply chain and global chip shortages – a myriad of big names in the mobile space (Samsung and Huawei among them) have been unable to get devices to market when they would have liked.

As such, elements of the P50 Pro's and Pocket's spec sheet may read more like early 2021 hardware, rather than 2022, but the company is still confident in its design engineering, performance and camera technologies to entice consumers, even in the face of these delays.

P50 Pro
Huawei's premium P50 Pro

The Huawei P50 Pro is the more conventional flagship, with an attractive candy bar form factor that encapsulates a 6.6in curved-edge 120Hz AMOLED display and a powerful rear quad-sensor setup, set into the phone's distinctive Dual Matrix Camera Design, while the P50 Pocket is Huawei's first clamshell-style foldable, looking to take on the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Both phones come powered by a 4G-only variant of Qualcomm's flagship 2021 mobile chip – the Snapdragon 888 – and pack in a base 8GB of RAM, while software is where these international versions deviate most prominently from their Chinese counterparts.

The primary software here is EMUI 12 (running atop Android 11) out the box and not HarmonyOS 2, which presents some difference in terms of both interaction and interconnectivity with other Huawei products.

Huawei P50 Pocket
The foldable P50 Pocket

While both phones already began pre-orders in some markets ahead of the formal 26 January release, Huawei is now officially committed to bringing the devices to "markets across Asia Pacific, The Middle East & Africa, Europe and Latin America," as part of what it's dubbed "phase one."

Pricing-wise, in European markets the 8GB RAM, 256GB SKU of the Huawei P50 Pro comes in at €1,199, while the Ceramic White P50 Pocket (again with 8GB RAM) costs €1,299. The foldable also has a textured, polished gold Premium Edition – designed by haute couture designer Iris Van Herpen and with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage – which costs €1,599.

Check out our dedicated Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei P50 Pocket features for greater detail on hardware, pricing and availability these phones are bringing to the table.