Last updated: September 13, 2022 at 15:39 UTC+02:00
Huawei launched the P50 Pocket foldable phone earlier this year as a competitor to the Galaxy Z Flip series. It went on sale at an exorbitant price of over $1,400, and didn’t appear to be enjoying much success, even though Samsung had almost no market share in China. Now, Huawei is reportedly getting ready to announce the first sequel to the P50 Pocket which happens to be cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Although the original Pocket P50 is not yet a year old, rumors have it that Huawei is all set to announce the “P50 Pocket New” soon. This time around, Huawei’s strategy seems to revolve around undercutting Samsung’s successful Z Flip series by a few hundred dollars. As a result, the Huawei P50 Pocket New featuring 256GB of internal storage will cost 4,999 Yuan ($721). The company also plans to sell a 512GB variant for $1,010.
The P50 Pocket New is cheaper, literally and figuratively
In a vacuum, a ~50% price drop for the sequel to the P50 Pocket sounds like tremendous progress in making foldable phones more affordable. However, while Samsung tries and manages to lower the launch price of its Galaxy Z Flip smartphone little by little every year without sacrificing the phone’s features, Huawei is just the opposite.
The Huawei P50 Pocket New will have downgraded internal components, so instead of the Snapdragon 888 (or later) chipset, the phone is reported to be using the Snapdragon 778 chipset. The latter SoC is used by several mid-range Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy A52s and Galaxy A73 5G. .
Additionally, a live photo spotted on TENAA last month – as well as the company’s own renders – reveals that the New Huawei P50 Pro ditches the cover display entirely. It’s not a circle or a rectangle; it simply doesn’t exist — it’s all in favor of a lower launch price, for better or for worse.
All things considered, Huawei’s upcoming P50 Pocket New will be a mid-range foldable phone that can’t compete with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 in terms of specs. On the bright side, it might persuade Samsung to consider releasing its own cheap flip phone priced below the Z Flip 4.
There are rumors that Samsung may be planning to launch a foldable Galaxy A device at some point in the future, but we haven’t heard much about this lately. Nevertheless, the foldable market is supposed to house 23 foldable phones by 2023, and the mid-range Galaxy Z Flip could be one of them.