The sub-Sahara African finals of the Huawei Global ICT Competition, under the theme of “Connection, Glory, Future”, kicked off on September 10, with an online opening ceremony. It is believed to be the biggest event of its kind in Africa covering 14 countries and attracting over 50,000 students.
Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2019-2020 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges.
Launched in the region just five years ago, the Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa.
During the opening ceremony attended by industry partners, UNESCO and students, Huawei Southern Africa VP, Liao Yong, highlighted the significance of connectivity in the era of social distancing.
According to Yong, “The digital divide is actually widening under the new normal caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As people migrate more work and study online, the digitally disadvantaged people are hit harder.”
In a latest UNESCO webinar, digital infrastructure was identified among the most prominent challenges facing higher education in Africa.
“Holding the online version of ICT competition during the pandemic has a unique value, it shows that Huawei, as a pioneer in building African digital infrastructure, also takes its talent strategy very seriously. It encompasses three aspects; digital upskilling ICT professionals, encouraging and enabling ICT students, and promote ICT literacy among ordinary people,” Yong added.
Huawei has invested heavily in preparation for this event, holding 300 campus roadshows, in 14 sub-Sahara African countries, with a total of 50,000 students participating. The competition-related training helped over 300 students receive job offers.
The training has been of great significance for the students.
A student from Nigeria, Atabol Hamza Adenoi, said: “I began the race for the Huawei ICT competition in August 2019 while observing my internship at Ahmadu Bello University (Abu), Zaria.
“I was trained ahead of the competition’s exam and shortly after, I was granted the opportunity to do an internship at the Huawei Nigeria headquarters in Abuja.”
Also speaking during the opening ceremony, Acting Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education, Ydo Yao, applauded Huawei for playing an exemplary role to support initiatives that create, innovate and deliver ICT skills for the continent.
In Africa, the partnership between UNESCO and Huawei has been fruitful with many successful projects, such as DigiTruck and Huawei ICT Academy under the auspices of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative TECH4ALL.
With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei said it hoped to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023. The aim is to bridge the ICT talent gap, advance the digital transformation of industries, and bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected and intelligent world.
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With aim to boost Information and Communication Technology (ICT) talent pipeline and support the Digital India vision, Huawei ICT Academy has opened its General ICT Courses to provide free online training in courses on industry leading technologies for Indian from all walks of life to learn new skills and hone existing skills. Courses covering the basics in latest ICT technologies like 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, network communications, big data are now available free-of-cost to students, academics or anyone interested in enhancing their ICT knowledge.
“Looking to bridge the gap between talent supply and demand in the digital era, we at Huawei are continually leveraging our technologies, knowledge, experience, and successful practices developed over years of operations in the ICT industry to cultivate more high-quality ICT talent. In response to the government’s call for skilling, we open our general level ITC courses to anyone wanting to get a better understanding of emerging technologies, or to upgrade their current skills. Our aim is to build the education, industry and public talent ecosystems, to enhance talent capabilities and create an interest in ICT, especially amongst the student community as they are on the crux of deciding upon a career path,” Akash Mathur, vice president, Huawei India said.
Enrolment for the General courses is open to all interested graduates, non-graduates and professionals irrespective of their study majors. Potential trainees can log onto the ‘Huawei ICT Academy Course Catalogue’ site and register for desired courses, with each course comprising of multiple self-study modules spanning 2-4 lessons per course.
Huawei has been working to Boost the ICT skills of students in schools, colleges and universities through multiple programs such as Seeds for the Future, ICT Academy and ICT Competition. Launched in India in 2015, the Huawei ICT Academy is a non-profit education program that focuses on two issues — provide training and learning solutions to meet the needs of the ICT sector, and to create a talent ecosystem for the ICT sector.
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Three Nigerian students are set to win the sums of N1 Million, N700,000 and N500,000 respectively in the ongoing 2021 Huawei global ICT competition ending on November 7.
The winners will also get a chance to be awarded internship opportunities, get free Huawei devices including laptops and smart devises as well as Huawei Certification vouchers. One of the vital part of the competition is a roadshow – an avenue to intimate the students about the ICT Competition as well as the ICT Academy program.
“The Huawei ICT Competition is a competitive ICT talent exchange event developed by Huawei for University and College students globally to promote the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and support the integration of industry and education. Nigerian students have participated in this competition since 2018, with over 40,000 Nigerian students registering for the competition cumulatively since 2018. Nigerian students reached the 3rd position in the Global final in 2018-2019.
“In the 2019-2020 competition, students from Ahmadu Bello University, University of Port Harcourt and University of Ibadan clinched 2 of the grand prizes in the Cloud and Network Track,” Mr Kenneth Ogwe, the ICT Talent Ecosystem manager said in a statement issued at the end of the awareness road show.
“This is part of Huawei’s CSR programs under which the company is unrelenting in investing heavily in nurturing local ICT talent to compete equally with counterparts from across the globe. This is in addition to growing the local ICT talent ecosystem, strengthening capacity building and increasing people’s digital competence.” he said.
“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Huawei Nigeria did not relent in its efforts in ensuring Nigerian students register under its Authorized Information and Network Academy and get thoroughly trained in core ICT skills. Trainings and classes are online based, engaging hundreds of students across the country on their computer screens from the comfort of their homes.
“Over 15,000 Nigerian students have been trained for free under the Huawei ICT Academy program on subjects such as Networks, Cloud Computing and Big Data. This program also provides Nigerian students with access to globally recognized career certificates at three levels; Huawei Certified ICT Associate, Professional and Expert (HCIA, HCIP and HCIE),” Mr. Ogwe said.
The competition affords students the opportunity for talent building in the ICT Talent Ecosystem. Students are given the platform to enhance their ICT knowledge, practical and application skills, stimulate their innovation skills and creativity and acquire a globally acceptable certification.
During the competition, students choose between the Network and the Cloud track. Under the Network track students compete in networking technologies including Routing and Switching, Security and WLAN while the Cloud Track features newer technologies such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cloud Service, Storage and Artificial Intelligence.
Huawei has so far partnered with over 110 institutions across the country, providing training to more than 5,000 students annually. In 2021, Huawei extended its partnership to over 20 universities across the country to provide training on emerging technologies.
“The Huawei ICT Competition has become an opportunity for students in related fields to connect and compete with fellow students in the country and globally, learn the latest technologies and also get an opportunity to win prizes. Most especially, it allows them to bridge the gap between theoretical study and practical industry experience,” he added.
The registration for the ICT Competition commenced in July and ends on the 7th of November. The students will sit for the Preliminary exam slated for the November 8th, 2021 thereafter followed by the National Final by the end of November 2021.
Driving the need for this investment is the increasingly rapid pace of digital transformation worldwide - a trend that chafes against the World Bank's talent deficit forecast of 10 million people to 2027.
More than 170 countries have announced digital strategies, and digital transformation is seen as the key to improving GDP and productivity. It is a key focus for industries including ICT, finance, manufacturing and agriculture.
The talent shortage is most pronounced in Asia but is also a concern internationally for the ICT community, governments, employers and workers. According to the International Labor Organization, the "lack of skilled labor will constrain future growth and job creation in the sector, but with the right policies in place, the digital economy could make a significant contribution to advancing decent work and inclusive economic growth at global, regional and national levels."
Adding to the issue is a gap in the education of ICT professionals that means their skills don't meet industry standards. This has resulted in a lack of talent to fill roles and placed pressure on the existing workforce. A Gartner report further explains IT executives view the shortage as "the most significant adoption barrier to 64% of emerging technologies, compared to just 4% in 2020. A lack of talent availability was cited far more often than other barriers this year, such as implementation cost (29%) or security risk (7%)."
At the forefront of digital transformation, Huawei understands delivery standards are only as good as the talent executing and that the requisite staff numbers are voluminous.
The leading global ICT company also knows the importance of nurturing talent. They've been doing so since launching their ICT Academy in 2013. Huawei ICT Academy program now trains more than 150,000 students annually in collaboration with around 2,000 universities and colleges in over 100 countries. Huawei also partners with top institutions such as Tsinghua University in China and Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia to equip both students and teachers with knowledge and skills that are relevant to the industry's needs. From innovation training camp to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the Huawei Talent platform (which includes webinars and exams), various offerings have been developed during the academic-industry collaboration.
Coursework and practical training prepare students with current state qualifications in disciplines such as routing and switching, storage, cloud, WLAN, cloud computing, and big data as well as next generation technologies including IoT, big data and cloud computing.
Huawei's strategy is built on a holistic view that addresses the skilled labor shortage, the education gap, and the needs of ICT professionals.
It is a three-pronged approach Huawei calls the Three Trees model of talent development and which comprises three key areas:
More than 2000 Huawei ICT Academies have been set up, and over 17,000 students have passed Huawei's certifications.
Partnerships with colleges and universities, education authorities, and international education organizations are tailored to:
Huawei's end to end talent development solution has been built hand in hand with government and industry bodies to facilitate career path development for individuals and promote digital transformation. Graduates emerge industry ready, equipped with hard and soft skills in:
In spite of advancements during COVID-19, the digital divide remains a global source of social inequality. According to UNICEF, 87% of young people in rich countries have internet coverage compared to 6% in low income nations. As part of its mission to bridge this gap and promote sustainable social development, Huawei provides a talent development system through 120 authorized learning partners. Each year, 85,000 trainees are Huawei certified to help upskill the public in digital technology. More than 17,000 have entered global job market as Huawei Certified ICT Expert (HCIE) since the commencement of the certification system.
UNESCO is just one success story in the ICT talent ecosystem. "UNESCO is committed to making digital technology a tool for progress in all its fields of competence," says Firmin Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations of UNESCO. "Thanks to its partnerships with industry leaders such as Huawei, the organization is working toward linking educational institutions with private partners."
Launched in 2015, Huawei's annual ICT competitions are an integral part of the talent cultivation lifecycle, providing aspiring ICT professionals with exposure to industry best practices and trends. ICT Academy students who complete their training and go to internships are eligible to participate in the ICT competitions where the brightest minds compete to create innovative digital applications and products.
Huawei also offers its Seeds for the Future program to STEM students, who go to the company's Chinese headquarters to study leading-edge ICT technology in a cross-cultural setting.
Emmanuel Lucas Chaula, an ICT professional in his homeland of Tanzania and part-time Huawei ICT Academy instructor, is a beneficiary of Huawei's mission to foster a breeding ground of talent. Four years ago, as a student, he participated in Huawei ICT competition. He attended training sessions and learned about new technologies. He won the first prize in the Southern Africa region and later Outstanding Performance in the global final.
After the Competition, Emanuel joined Huawei's free Train the Trainer Program. He now teaches others about Huawei's technologies, and helps students acquire the ICT skills to succeed.
Huawei will continue building this ICT talent ecosystem with a target of training more than 1 million ICT professionals and experts by 2024, working with governments, industry organizations, and universities to develop a global future-ready workforce that creates new value for the industry.
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(MENAFN- Golin Mena) As part of Huawei’s commitment to empowering developers in the region, the tech giant successfully concluded the latest mobile app training event in Saudi Arabia for over 200 developers. The Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) app development training aligns with Huawei’s ongoing efforts to support developers in the country and provide comprehensive app development training resources.
The training, which took place at the Crowne Plaza RDC, Riyadh, attracted developers from various backgrounds and experiences. It was an introductory course which will be followed by five in-depth independent-study courses. The attendees were guided through the various steps required to become a developer in the HMS Ecosystem, as well as the open capabilities of the HMS Core and the most commonly used HMS Kits, including but not limited to the Map, Location, Ads and IAP Kits. Participants were also given the opportunity to join the global HMS community through an intro to the Huawei Developer Groups and Huawei Student Ambassador programmes.
‘I would like to extend my gratitude to Huawei for their initiatives towards homegrown mobile app developers. The local mobile app development scene is emerging on daily basis and is in need of support from technology providers like Huawei who leads supporting developers in KSA,’ said Adel Al-Harbi, a technology consultant and one of the speakers at the conference.
‘At Huawei, our goal is to empower regional app developers to build a more digitally connected world with innovative solutions. With a young and tech-savvy population, we believe that Saudi Arabia is well placed to innovate and create unique experiences for millions of online users on mobile platforms. These training sessions are part of our ongoing efforts to realize this goal and create a robust ecosystem of developers. We are committed to empowering developers in the MEA region with the right tools and knowledge to positively influence their careers,’ said Lu Geng, Vice President of the Middle East and Africa, Huawei Global Partnerships & Eco-Development, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
Participants who complete the five in-depth courses and pass the exam will receive a Huawei Developer Certificate. For those who were not able to attend, all courses will be conducted here. For more information, join the KSA Huawei Developer Community and register as a Huawei Developer.
The successful training event kicked off a busy season for the region's developers, as the 2022 edition of Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) has launched on 24 June 2022. Huawei’s leading global competition will attract talented developers from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to create seamless, smart, and innovative digital experiences with significant prize money for the best applications while exploring the future of digital intelligence.
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A retired Canada Border Services Agency regional director denied ordering staff not to create records that could be subject to public information requests in connection with the detention and arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver Airport in December 2018.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (CN) — A retired Canada Border Services Agency regional director denied ordering staff not to create records that could be subject to public information requests in connection with the detention and arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver Airport in December 2018.
Meng is fighting extradition to the United States to face an indictment in New York on fraud charges related to a 2013 meeting in Hong Kong in which U.S. authorities say she misled an HSBC executive about Huawei’s dealings in Iran through a subsidiary which the U.S. says was a violation of its sanctions on Iran.
Roslyn MacVicar, the former regional director general for the border agency who retired this past march, testified Friday in the ongoing extradition hearings and Meng’s subsequent claims of abuse of process by Canadian border guards and law enforcement.
Under questioning from Meng’s lawyer Mona Duckett, MacVicar said she never told staff to avoid taking notes and creating additional records in connection with the case out of fear of being subject to Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy Act.
A border agency chief had testified earlier about a direction given to gather information about the events, but not create more records, with Duckett suggesting that MacVicar handed down the order out of “fear of them being disclosable.” Duckett also suggested the direction was to avoid documenting that the border agency had mistakenly handed over passcodes to electronic devices taken from Meng during her immigration and customs exam.
“I would never say that. I did not say that and it’s inconsistent with anything I’ve ever said in my capacity as a public servant. I can’t comment on how somebody heard something that I said, but I would not have said that,” MacVicar testified.
Duckett noted the passcodes had nothing to do with the extradition warrant, and the issue was a sticking point since it was an “illegality” and breach of Meng’s privacy. Moreover, she highlighted how no records of the breach exist within the agency, probing MacVicar about when she found out about the breach, which she characterized as a “significant issue.”
“There’s not a single piece of paper within the CBSA that documents that those passcodes were given over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, are you aware of that?” Duckett asked. “Do you know of a single piece of paper that exists?”
“I am not,” MacVicar replied. “I don’t.”
“Did you create one? You knew about this problem?” Duckett pressed.
“I did not,” MacVicar answered. “I don’t know when I was aware of that.”
“You were aware before you retired, right?” Duckett said.
“Correct, but I don’t know when. I can’t comment on when,” MacVicar replied.
Earlier Friday, the court heard from the border agency’s passenger operations chief Nicole Goodman, who faced a grilling from Duckett over her lack of notes surrounding the events of Meng’s eventual arrest. Goodman told the court that, in hindsight, she wishes she had taken notes to parse out the timelines, though at the time she believed Meng’s exam was “routine.”
“At the time when this exam was taking place, to me it’s just another exam and to me it’s routine. This aftermath, to me, is extraordinary that I’m testifying on a national security exam because I deal with them all the time,” Goodman testified. “This is like a regular practice for me, or for my team or my operation because we have thousands of people that come in daily and we screen all those people, so would I wish I had notes now? Absolutely, but at the time I never would’ve envisioned that I would be here.”
Duckett asked: “But in the aftermath of this high-profile case when everyone’s asking questions, that’s when you’re told not to create notes, right?”
Goodman said no one said anything about notes specifically.
“It was more creating additional records because I had never taken any notes up until that time anyway,” she testified. “I was relying on my emails, but I will concede that it would’ve been beneficial for myself to have that time, absolutely.”
Duckett asked Goodman whether not creating records was an attempt to “recast the true facts of what happened.”
“Any questions that were ever asked of me I provided truthful and accurate information,” Goodman answered. “So I can’t speak to this and I don’t know if anything was recast because everything that I provided to my senior officials and to the Department of Justice is truthful and accurate, everything that I can recall.”
She added she believed everything was done in good faith “and executed as we knew best.”
But she did acknowledge the sharing of Meng’s passwords outside the border agency was “inappropriate,” and said it was “daunting” to face questions from superiors in Ottawa in the aftermath of Meng’s arrest
The hearing resumes Monday.
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A team from Lebanon has won the second prize in the Practice Competition, among other global winners during the Global Finals of Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 in Shenzhen, China. The ICT Competition's sixth edition attracted 150,000 students from more than 2000 universities in 85 countries and regions worldwide, competing in three categories: Practice, Innovation and Industry.
The Practice Competition includes the Network and Cloud Tracks, which examine students' theoretical knowledge and hands-on ICT skills as well as their ability to work in a team. Participants are ranked according to their scores in theoretical and lab exams.
The winning team was led by their tutor Gaby Abou Haidar from the American University of Science & Technology (AUST), with Alain Nohra, also from AUST, and Mohammad Dabaja from the Lebanese University.
Peter Wells, Chief of UNESCO's Section for Higher Education, spoke at the event via a video link, praising the competition's ability to provide students worldwide free access to educational courses and study materials as part of their preparation for the competition. He expressed hope that UNESCO and Huawei will continue working together to Boost the digital skills and technological literacy of global talent, promote balanced and equitable development across regions, and bridge the global digital divide.
Aiden Li, CEO, Huawei Lebanon, said, "We congratulate the Lebanese team for winning the second prize at the Practice Competition. The team's invention reinforces Huawei's position that technology remains a potent tool to effect positive change and spur socio-economic growth. We will continue working with our industry and academic partners to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world."
This year's participants were also the first to compete in a new series of Women In Tech Awards which have been designed to honor the outstanding talent displayed by the young women contestants in the Competition. Huawei has been committed to supporting women with more opportunities and access to the education and training needed to Boost their ICT skills and promote gender equality across the industry.
Huawei hosts the ICT Competition annually to provide students with a platform to compete and exchange ideas, enhance their ICT knowledge and practical skills, and foster their capabilities to innovate by using new technologies and platforms. After making it through the national and regional competitions, the teams faced off in the largest global finals yet.
The Huawei ICT Competition is one of several CSR initiatives by Huawei to nurture talent for Middle East youth. Together with the Huawei ICT Academy, the Huawei Innovation Competition, Seeds for the Future program, joint university labs, and other initiatives, thousands of young people in the region benefit from an advanced skills development pipeline every year, equipping them with the necessary skills to lead digital transformation and development efforts within their country.
Doha: When the Topic of flagship laptops is brought up, some of the things that might cross your mind are probable jaw-dropping design, outstanding performance, visionary capabilities, right? Essentially, a flagship laptop should stand out in every aspect with high-end specifications and features that enhance the overall user experience.
This is what Huawei did with its newly released Huawei MateBook X Pro: It comes with a new, unique and minimalist design highlighted by a 3.1K Real Colour FullView Display and an ultra-slim magnesium alloy body. Its robust performance has been boosted thanks to the EvoTM certified 12th Gen Intel Core processor in addition to the futuristic Super Device features which re-define the smart flagship laptop experience, allowing the Huawei MateBook X Pro to set itself as the new benchmark in that segment.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro also represents a new aesthetic benchmark debuting with new colourways of Ink Blue and the signature Space Gray to cater to the needs of different consumers. The Ultimate Elegant High-Performance Flagship laptop Huawei MateBook X Pro will be available in Qatar on August 11 with pre-orders starting on July 28 at a price starting at QR6399 with gifts worth QR1296 from Huawei’s online platforms as well as certified retailers
3.1K Real Colour FullView Display + Ultra-Slim Magnesium Alloy Body
The new Huawei MateBook X Pro features a 14.2-inch screen with 3.1K (3120 x 2080) high resolution and 264 PPI. The screen does not show graininess when viewed from a normal reading distance. The new Huawei MateBook X Pro features a 14.2-inch Huawei Real Colour FullView Display that supports precision 10-point high-sampling-rate touch control. It maintains Huawei’s advantages in the display field in four dimensions, being clear, smooth, authentic and comfortable. Huawei has introduced more industry-leading breakthroughs including Universal Colour Consistency and professional anti-reflection, making Huawei’s professional display a benchmark in the industry. In addition to a refresh rate of up-to 90 Hz1 browsing files, glancing pop-up comments in videos, playing games and more will all look and feel smooth. A laptop with excellent colour gamut performance will be important for professionals who need accurate colour reproduction during retouching and colour correction.
Mind-Blowing Performance with a 12th Intel i7 CPU, EVO certified!
Huawei MateBook X Pro features a powerful 12th Gen Intel Core processor in a lightweight body, powered by the advanced Intel 7 process and Core i7-1260P. More importantly, a new performance hybrid architecture is adopted for the new processor. It consists of four Performance-cores and eight Efficient-cores, which add up to 12 cores and 16 threads.
Visionary Super Device Features
The Huawei MateBook X Pro take multi-device collaboration to a whole new level, thanks to Super Device7, bringing super productivity with a cohesive multi-device experience. It lets you effortlessly connect to other Huawei devices nearby and collaborate between them all. Simply place your Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2, mice, keyboards, speakers and printers close to the Huawei MateBook X Pro, and the laptop will automatically discover them and provide a prompt for quick and easy pairing8.
In addition, with smartphones like the newly launched Huawei Mate Xs 2 and tablets like the new Huawei MatePad Pro, it is even more useful. Once you have wirelessly connected your phone, you will see its UI (User Interface) appear on your laptop screen, so you can operate it as if your smartphone and laptop are one device. You can access and edit your files, use and manage up to three phone app windows simultaneously, take video or audio calls from your phone through your MateBook, and even use your mouse and keyboard to control your smartphone. In Mirror Mode, the laptop screen is projected onto the tablet, with both devices showing the same content: the tablet can benefit from the laptop’s incredible performance; while the laptop can access the tablet’s stylus, making drawing even easier.
Huawei Free Touch9 Enhances the User-Friendly Experience
The new Huawei MateBook X Pro’s is also equipped with a force sensor to detect pressure. The touchpad responds to your tap instantly – no matter where you tap. The unique touchpad design greatly enlarges the control area of the multi-gesture touchpad, bringing a wider touchpad area for free and unrestrained experience, improving accuracy, and avoiding accidental touch. Even without a mouse, users can unleash their inspiration freely with the laptop.
AI Camera10: Airtight privacy protection and immersive conferencing
As hybrid work has become our new normal, AI Camera helps users handle various video conferences and online classes with great ease and comfort. The Huawei MateBook X Pro comes with a HD camera on the top narrow bezel, which integrates the AI Camera features11 to support the video effects of Beauty, Virtual Background, FollowCam, and Eye Contact. It supports any video software.
Huawei SuperCharge and Multiple Ports
The Huawei MateBook X Pro features a 60Wh (rated capacity) super large battery and a compact 90W charger supporting SuperCharge. It can be used to charge computers, phones, and tablets, making it a perfect companion during a trip. The laptop is equipped with a 3.5 mm earphone jack and two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side.
Four Mics for powerful sound pickup capabilities
The Huawei MateBook X Pro features a quad-mic setup that is placed along the edges of the laptop. Together, they support voice pick-up from sources up to five meters12 away from the device. In addition, during a call, even if the device of the other party does not support noise reduction, the Receive signal AI noise reduction algorithm can also perform noise reduction on the voice of the other party.
TWENTY-SIXTEEN will forever be remembered as the year when Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar and Stranger Things introduced many of us to binge-watching (and gave us Winona Ryder back). That same year, we also found Dory, had an all-female Ghostbusters, and realized both Batman and Superman’s moms were named Martha. Lastly, it was the year that got everyone out and walking about hunting for Pokemons. Oh, and we also got two Ds that were elected President—Donald and Duterte.
In the tech industry, Google released the Pixel, Samsung had the S7, and Apple the iPhone 7, but the news that got everyone talking was the partnership between Huawei and Leica—the meeting of a then-upstart smartphone company and a legacy camera brand, a collaboration that will eventually revolutionize the smartphone camera.
I was fortunate enough to win a Huawei P9 Plus during its launch and it remains one of my all-time favorites because several of the photos I took with it became part of an exhibit. It was also the phone that convinced a lot of my friends to switch to Huawei because of Leica.
Fast-forward six years later and, just like Duterte’s term, the partnership between the two companies also came to an end leaving the Huawei P50 series the last device from that collaboration.
I never got the chance to review the Huawei P50 Pro, but thankfully, they released the standard version a few months after, and I have been using the P50 for the past month.
So how does it live up to the Huawei x Leica legacy? Is it a fitting finale to one of the most memorable partnerships in tech, or has it become a bitter product like a jilted lover after a bad breakup?
FROM CULT TO LEGENDARY
Huawei’s pursuit of artistry and beautiful imagery is the driving force behind the legendary P Series. The Huawei P50 introduces a Dual-Matrix Camera design, elegantly combining the worlds of form and function in a double ring, double camera setup that pays tribute to a classic. The large two-ring camera module is iconic with the layout housing its rear cameras, accented with a gold trim that adds some subtle flair. Available in Cocoa Gold and Golden Black, both colorways of the Huawei P50 showcase the beauty of order with this stunning design feature, making the Huawei P50 stand out from the crowd.
After a somewhat bulky P40, the P50 returns to a silky sleek style measuring just 7.92mm thick and weighing 181g making it compact enough to hold comfortably. The glass back of the black variant has a highly reflective coating, though, making it a dust and fingerprint magnet. The Huawei P50 does have an IP68 rating, so you don’t need to worry about any spills and accidental splashes.
The P50 sports an aluminum frame with the volume and power buttons on one side, mics and a speaker on top, and the USB-C port, SIM tray and loudspeaker at the bottom. The sound from the stereo speakers is loud and clear with just enough bass to keep you happy.
It has a gorgeous 6.5-inch flexible flat OLED screen with a 3D unbounded micro-curve, which has been individually tuned to show true-to-life colors. The HDR display supports the full P3 color gamut, 1.07 billion colors, and Huawei’s True-Chroma display technology, meaning it can accurately display color when recording or watching.
For fast and fluid viewing, the display has a 90Hz refresh rate, which gives you an overall smoother browsing experience, while the 300Hz touch sampling rate provides a faster display response time. Its screen can automatically adjust brightness according to ambient light. Notably, the 1440 Hz PWM dimming technology protects the display and reduces strobe effects in dark light, preventing eye fatigue.
LAST DANCE WITH LEICA
THE P9 Series signaled the beginning of the dual camera phone era, while the P20, P30 and P40 Series pushed the boundaries, rewriting the rules of smartphone photography with an increasing number of intricate lenses, ultra-sensitive sensors and periscope optical zoom capabilities.
The P50 has a 50MP True-Chroma Main Camera (Color, f/1.8 aperture) + 13 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2 aperture) + 12 MP Telephoto Camera (f/3.4 aperture, OIS), and supports AF and up to 8192 x 6144 pixels.
This time the company introduces Huawei XD Optics, a solution that adds image processing capabilities to the optical imaging system, correcting optical differences and restoring the details in images. XD Optics unites the optical system, mechanical components, and electrical sensors to form a next-gen, hardware-software integrated imaging system that can generate an approximation of the raw input optical signal that is free from chromatic irregularities. The P50’s XD Fusion Pro incorporates the new True-Chroma Image Engine and Super HDR, which delivers spectacular detail, color, and dynamic range.
Notable additions include AIS Pro which vastly improves zoom stabilization, allowing easy capture of handheld photos and smoother transitions when zooming; focus tracking that tracks your subject in real time for more stable photos; telephoto portraits that allow you to take realistic and natural candid photos; and true-focus fast capture for action shots with minimal blur. Dual-View video now supports HD video recording on both the front camera and rear ultra-wide, and it’s also capable of 4K time-lapse for those dramatic videos.
As we’ve come to expect from Huawei over the years, the camera often sets a new standard, and the P50 has to be their best one yet. Details and exposure in good lighting are near flawless and you can easily take great photos in a snap. You will also notice just how snappy its focus is even on moving subjects. The P50 Pro quickly nabbed the top spot on the DXO mark soon after release, and you can expect the standard P50 to be just as good. If you like shots with colors that pop out, then you’ll love photos taken by P50. It also remains the king of low-light photography, and you don’t even have to switch to night mode to get better shots.
As for the front camera, the P50 makes taking “groufies” a lot easier with its 100-degree wide True-Chroma Front Camera. The color engine accurately captures high-impact makeup, while AI anti-distortion algorithms prevent distortion at the edges of your image.
All these combined, the hardware and software work to deliver images that faithfully reproduce what the eye can see, making the P50 still the top recommendation for the best smartphone camera. The partnership might have ended but with Huawei’s continuous innovations, I don’t think Leica’s departure will have an adverse effect when it comes to its cameras.
THE APP FACTOR
THE Huawei P50 runs on Harmony OS 2 with the latest EMUI 12.0.1 update, but don’t worry because it still works like any Android phone, sometimes even better with its UI design, animations, and Control Panel. It also leverages Huawei’s distributed technology to facilitate smart collaboration across various devices, including file management, cross-device MeeTime calls and smartwatch remote camera control, making it a central part of Huawei’s super device ecosystem.
What about the absence of Google Play Store? It actually has become even less of a problem this year, as Huawei’s AppGallery continues to Boost and now supports many of the popular apps from the Play Store. Then there’s also Petal Search to further help you find more apps easily. And for those who need those Google apps, there’s GSpace that lets you use Gmail, Google Maps, etc., with just a few extra taps.
The only thing I didn’t like are the multiple folders, which contain all sorts of suggested apps and games. They are not pre-installed but you do have to delete them one by one.
If you own other Huawei devices like a MateBook or MatePad, you can access other exclusive features of the Huawei ecosystem, such as Huawei Share and multi-device collaboration. Providing a seamless and intuitive user experience, EMUI 12 is complete with a full suite of smart features that make your digital life easy to navigate. With distributed file management, you can transform the Huawei P50 into a connected external storage unit for PC, with its own drive letter appearing in the resource manager tab, and you can easily access files saved on your smartphone on the PC.
For the battery, it has a 4,100mAh capacity, which can last you a day of regular use with data turned on. You also get 66W fast charging that can fully top up your battery in just a little over an hour.
Final word: Huawei remains an industry leader when it comes to smartphone cameras and the P50 series is proof of that. If your main consideration is camera, the standard P50 is a great alternative to the P50 Pro. You still get the same exquisite design, superb screen, powerful and reliable performance, and one of the best camera systems on a smartphone. It more than lives up to the Leica legacy and as that song goes, “Just when I thought our chance had passed, you go and save the best for last.”