Huawei’s next flagship phone, the P50, is set to launch on July 29, the company has announced. He wrote on his own Weibo page and told Huawei CEO Richard Yu (via Google translate) that the phone would mark the beginning of “a new era of mobile imaging”, suggesting that Huawei can once again make cameras the focus of its upcoming flagship.
The launch comes just over a year since Huawei announced the P40 series, but the launch of the P50 has been far from certain. U.S. sanctions on national security concerns have severely affected Huawei’s ability to produce its own Kirin chipset, and have cast doubt on its ability to release new flagship devices. “For reasons you all know, no launch date has been set,”
These chip challenges, combined with sanctions that mean Huawei can no longer pre-install Google’s apps and services on the devices, have eroded Huawei’s market share. Globally, it failed to rank among the top five smartphone providers in the second quarter of this year (after being the largest in the same quarter the year before), and even domestically in China, Oppo surpassed it to become the country’s most popular smartphone brand in January. . .