Huawei has officially announced the P50 Pocket Premium Edition, a foldable clamshell-style smartphone that has a 1-inch circular external display for quick access to notifications and widgets.

The device is launched in China. But US sanctions (which means Huawei can’t use key technology like Google’s Android operating system) means the P50 Pocket Premium Edition will have no effect in the West.

The company teased the phone earlier this month with a photo session focusing on the P50 Pocket Premium Edition that appeared at Harper’s Bazaar China.

This version of the device was created in collaboration with Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. The device comes in a gold or silver color, and a 3D pattern on the outer surface.

When the phone is opened, a 6.9-inch OLED screen appears with a 21:9 ratio and a 120Hz refresh rate. The device weighs 190 grams and is only 7.2 millimeters thick. Huawei compared it to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which weighs 238 grams and is 7.65 millimeters thick.

The phone contains a Snapdragon 888 4G processor from Qualcomm, a 4000 mAh battery, and it works with the Harmony system from Huawei.

The main camera array of the P50 Pocket Premium Edition includes a 40-megapixel main sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 32-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens that Huawei says captures a greater range of colors.

There is a camera built into the main screen. But Huawei notes that the phone’s foldable design makes using the main camera more convenient for taking selfies, with a 1-inch cover screen that acts as a viewfinder.

Huawei launches the phone in China

The company positions the cover screen itself as a big part of the P50 Pocket Premium Edition’s allure. In addition to displaying notifications or the time, the screen can be used for widgets, allowing users to control music, follow instructions, and so on.

As a result, if you use your phone to navigate a new city, the cover screen shows step-by-step directions rather than forcing you to open the large 6.9-inch home screen to check your location.

The P50 Pocket Premium Edition also has a new hinge that does not leave a gap between screens when folded. This compares favorably with devices like the Galaxy Z Flip 3, which is another clamshell. But it includes a slight gap when folded.

The device also includes a face unlock feature across both the home screen and the cover screen. There is a side-mounted fingerprint unlock sensor, which comes in handy given that many people are still wearing masks during the pandemic.

The standard version of the phone was put up for sale in China with a capacity of 8/256 GB, for about $ 1,400. The premium version, with 12/512 GB, sells for about $1,700.

The standard version is available in black and white, while the premium version is available in silver or gold.

The clamshell design provides a more precise approach to foldable devices, said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group.

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