Huawei is set to announce a new foldable phone called the Huawei P50 Pocket later this month, according to a post on the company’s official Weibo account. Unlike the previous Mate X foldables, which can be folded from a tablet-sized device into a smartphone, the P50 Pocket has a clamshell design that folds out to the size of a smartphone. It’s a similar design to Samsung’s Z Flip devices or the Motorola Razr.
A Harper’s Bazaar China photoshoot of the P50 Pocket posted on Weibo makes it look like a stylish little folding one. It appears to have a similar dual-ring camera bump to the Huawei P50, but the bottom bezel has been repurposed to act as a small external display, which appears to be able to display notifications or act as a camera viewfinder. Engadget China notes that the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security and that the available colors are silver and gold.
Huawei is of course no stranger to foldable devices and previously released the Mate X, Mate XS and Mate X2. But these use a foldable form factor that some have compared to a hot dog bun. In contrast, the new P50 Pocket seems to be using what’s called a hamburger-style design.
Huawei’s message only mentions a Chinese launch and it’s unclear if and when the P50 Pocket could see a global release. But maybe we’ll wait a little longer. Huawei has yet to offer its latest flagship smartphone, the P50, outside of China after its July launch, and the company is still subject to US sanctions that both limit its ability to source hardware components and mean it won’t pre-order Google’s apps. can install and services on his phones.