Huawei releases new P50 smartphone line without support for 5G

Huawei releases new P50 smartphone line without support for 5G

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has reportedly introduced its new line of P50 smartphones with no support for 5G internet. This launch comes as the Chinese tech giant fights the sanctions posed by the United States, as well as a global chip shortage.

Huawei is unveiling two models; the P50 model and a higher-end model P50 Pro. The P series of Huawei is primarily popular for its advanced camera technology and the P50 lineup further builds on this popularity with two circular camera units.

The main camera module of P50 has three lenses: a 40 MP monochrome lens, a 50 MP large sensor, and a 13-megapixel super-wide-angle lens. The second one uses a telephoto lens of 64 MP that is capable of an optical zoom of 3.5x. The company claims that users can zoom in around 200 times with this feature.

Neither of the models support a 5G network, but come with a Qualcomm-produced 4G chipset. This is indicative of how the company has been impacted by the trade restrictions imposed by former President of the United States Donald Trump.

In 2020, the U.S. administration revealed the curbs which mandated foreign manufacturers using American technology to obtain a license to sell semiconductors to the Chinese tech company. The Chief Executive Officer of Huawei’s consumer business group, Richard Yu, had forewarned that the company could exhaust its supply of advanced Kirin chips, that are manufactured by Taiwan-based company TSMC.

In the meantime, Huawei and other smartphone manufacturers have been severely impacted by the global shortage of semiconductors. This year, the chip supply is exhausted mainly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in factory closures and increased insistence on electronics. The Chinese tech firm has blamed the U.S. sanctions for this chip shortage.

Speaking about the new launch, Yu apparently commented that the smartphones will still maintain their superior performance, albeit with a minuscule, nearly negligible drop in speed.

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