Huawei is set to announce a new foldable phone later this month called the Huawei P50 Pocket, according to a notice on the company’s official Weibo account. Unlike previous Mate X folders, which fold from a tablet-sized device to a smartphone, the P50 Pocket has a clamshell design that can be folded to the size of a smartphone. It’s a design similar to Samsung’s Z Flip devices or Motorola Razr.
ONE Harpers Bazaar China photoshoot of the P50 Pocket released on Weibo makes it look like a stylish little foldable. It appears to have a similar dual-ring camera bump to the Huawei P50, but its bottom ring has been reused to act as a small external monitor that appears to be able to display messages or act as a camera viewfinder . Engadget China notes that the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security, and available colors include silver and gold.
Of course, Huawei is no stranger to foldable devices, and has previously released the Mate X, Mate XS and Mate X2. But these use a collapsible form factor that some have compared to a hot dog bun. In contrast, the new P50 Pocket seems to use what has been called a hamburger design.
Huawei’s post only mentions a Chinese launch, and it is unclear if or when the P50 Pocket can see a global release. However, we can wait a bit. Huawei has not yet offered its latest flagship smartphone, the P50, outside China since its launch in July, and the company is still subject to US sanctions that both limit its ability to purchase hardware components and mean it can not pre-install Google’s apps and services on its phones.