Honor 50 Pro first experience: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G debut, with 100 million pixels and 100W charging

The Honor 50 series officially appeared in the public eye at the Qualcomm Technology and Cooperation Summit on May 21.

Honor CEO Zhao Ming announced that the Honor 50 series, which will debut in June, will debut the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G platform, and Honor's subsequent flagship Magic will also be equipped with Qualcomm's flagship mobile platform.

At this time, it was only 5 months before the "new" Honor V40 was released. At the same time, the establishment of the Honor 50 series is estimated to be in January of the beginning of the year.

At the Qualcomm Summit, Zhao Ming stated that "In less than 6 months, Honor and Qualcomm engineers have worked together to solve countless problems." Such intense collaboration is to quickly bring the Honor 50 series to the market.

Compared with the past, the Honor 50 series did not continue the strategy of medium cup, large cup and super large cup, but only launched the Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro. The core specifications are also relatively similar. This strategy is somewhat similar to another 50 series product. .

On the whole, the positioning of the new Honor 50 series is clearer. It does not need a digital series to cover the mid-range and flagship markets. Instead, it focuses on the positioning of "high-end products", and the all-round flagship will be handed over to the next Magic series.

After clarifying the positioning, the Honor 50 Pro has become clear and definite in terms of product strength.

The first Snapdragon 778G in the whole system

Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, from the model point of view, some of its specifications are slightly lower than Snapdragon 780G.

In terms of parameters, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G uses TSMC’s 6nm process, while 780G is Samsung’s 5nm process.

The Snapdragon 778G CPU uses the same configuration as the 780G with 1 super-large core A78 2.4GHz, 3 large core A78 2.2GHz, and 4 small core A55 1.9GHz. The GPU uses Adreno 642L. I don't know the meaning of the suffix L for the time being, but I guess it is a down-frequency version of Adreno 642.

As for other features, such as ISP, NPU, and connection performance are similar to 780G, it is worth noting that the X53 5G baseband on the 778G has reached 3.7Gbps in peak download speed, but it is better than 780G. Within the scope of Qualcomm's 7 series, Snapdragon 778G and Snapdragon 780G are now Qualcomm's high-end chips.

Like the 778G processor model, the overall theoretical performance is actually closer to that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G. The biggest difference is actually the process. In pure theory, 5nm has better performance release than 6nm, but in terms of the overall strength of the product, this negligible advantage can easily be affected by other configurations. Therefore, it still depends on the overall performance of the product.

From the point of view of some running points, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, which was launched by the Honor 50 Pro, is probably between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and 865. In theory, it is fully qualified for the current popular mobile games, but it actually limits its performance. It is from the game official.

Take "Peace Elite" as an example. Honor 50 Pro is not supported by official high frame rate devices. By default, only "Smooth" + "Limit" and anti-aliasing can be turned on. You don't need to open PerfDog to view the curve. From the actual experience, it is difficult to detect frame drop and freeze. Even if it is a multi-person driving melee, it is still very stable.

More importantly, the temperature control performance of the Honor 50 Pro is very good. Even in the hot summer of Guangzhou, the temperature of the fuselage is not much different from the body temperature. This credit should be given to the dual VC liquid cooling and heat dissipation in the machine. Three-dimensional heat dissipation system composed of high thermal conductivity graphene.

Take "Ace Warrior" which can achieve the highest image quality and highest frame rate as an example. The performance of Honor 50 Pro is not much different from some flagship products. It can maintain the stable frame rate of the picture, and the body is still "warm and moist". The heat source of the fuselage is not concentrated, scattered all over the back.

However, compared to the performance of the game, the Honor 50 Pro is not as good as the frame rate and temperature control performance in terms of video and audio. In the horizontal state, the palm of the hand is easier to block the speaker, which affects the loudspeaker effect. If you rely heavily on "listening" If you want to distinguish the position, it is recommended to wear headphones for better performance.

With the blessing of Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, Honor 50 Pro can provide a sufficiently excellent experience whether it is a high-load game scene or in daily use, especially the temperature control of the body, suitable for hot summer days.

Eye-catching “dual mirror design''

With the increase in mobile phone cameras, the design of back camera modules has become the "second face" of smartphones. Different ways of arrangement, lines, division, etc. of the cameras will form different design elements.

The "camera" design of the Honor 50 Pro is just like that, and it has become the "biggest highlight", or "unique".

According to Honor’s sharing, the “dual mirror design” was inspired by Rollei’s double-reflex cameras. Whether it looks good or not is a subjective factor, but from an objective point of view, if you look at “Mahjong” for a long time, this “dual mirror” is on the contrary It's a bit good-looking.

Similar to the different functions of the double-reverse upper and lower lenses, the same is true for the camera on the back of the Honor 50 Pro. The upper lens group in the camera module is the main camera with 100 million pixels, while the lower lens group contains 8 million pixels of ultra-wide angle and 2 million pixels. Macro, 2-megapixel depth-of-field camera and an LED fill light.

And a circle of design elements "similar to Cartier ring" is used around the main camera, and the color of the "ring" is similar to the body, especially the Honor 50 Pro with the "Mo Yuqing" color scheme, which is not obtrusive. It does not grab the show, increases the degree of recognition, and also enhances the sense of design.

Honor 50 Pro has four colors: first snow crystal, summer amber, black jade green and bright black. Among them, the shiny style of "Chuxue Crystal" is popular with offline consumer groups, while the rest of the colors are more neutral and calm.

Taking the color scheme of "Mo Yuqing" in hand, the back cover shows a light-to-dark green from left to right, and a blue halo emerges under different light. How to say it looks a bit deep It's also a bit mysterious.

In addition, green is also a popular color in the spring and summer of 2021. Whether it is watches, clothing or satchels, the entire fashion circle is already green. Whether it's the shining "Crystal" color scheme or the green color of "Mo Yuqing", the Honor 50 Pro can be regarded as firmly keeping up with consumer preferences and fashion trends.

From the point of view of positioning, Honor's digital series has been changing in the direction of "trend doctrine". LOGO Design, colorful and gradual AG process back cover, and then to today's "Crystal Crystal" and chasing the trend color of the year, let Honor's digital series Increasingly focus on aesthetic design.

Back to the front of the Honor 50 Pro, it basically continues the previous design elements of Honor, but with many improvements in details, the existence of the "super curved screen" is more harmonious.

The curvature of the curved screen is adjusted to 75°, the black edges of the screen are narrowed, the glass edges are polished 2.5D, and the short sides of the middle frame are adjusted to make the head and tail borders of the phone more symmetrical. Such detailed improvements make the visual balance of the Honor 50 Pro more balanced, the hand feel has also improved a lot, and the transition between the curved screen and the middle frame is softer.

The Honor 50 Pro is equipped with a 2676×1236 resolution OLED flexible screen, which supports the DCI-P3 color gamut while also supporting 1.07 billion color displays.

In addition, this screen supports dynamic adjustment of the refresh rate. After the function is turned on, it can be reduced to 30Hz in the AOD state, and it will be switched to 60Hz in the static display. When returning to the daily sliding and game scenes, the firepower will be fully turned on to 120Hz. .

Such dynamic adjustment according to the scene is to save power as much as possible while ensuring the user experience. In the actual experience, I deliberately turned on and off the dynamic adjustment separately, in order to feel the change of frame rate and the difference in battery life.

But maybe the experience time is too short. There is no obvious difference between frame rate changes and battery life, so now I have turned on the global 120Hz refresh rate.

Overall, the Honor 50 Pro does not break the design style of the previous Honor Digital series, but adds some new features to this style. The new "dual mirror design", more delicate and soft curved screen transitions, and color matching and craftsmanship in line with current trends make the aesthetics of Honor 50 Pro more in line with current season trends and consumer preferences.

You can use three lenses to shoot Vlog together

The Honor 50 Pro has a total of 6 cameras on the front and rear, with dual cameras on the front and four cameras on the rear.

One of the front dual cameras is a 12-megapixel camera for video, with a viewing angle of 100°, equivalent to an 18mm focal length, and it is also the current mainstream Vlog wide-angle focal length. The other is a conventional 32-megapixel selfie camera with a narrowed viewing angle of 90°.

The two front cameras support AI automatic switching, which can automatically call lenses of different widths to shoot according to the number of people in the lens. By default, a 32-megapixel lens is used, and when the number of people in the lens reaches more than 3 people, it will switch to a 12-megapixel lens with a 100° angle of view to accommodate more subjects.

On the rear camera, the main camera has a size of 1/1.52 inches, and the full-pixel output is 100 million pixels. The nine-in-one mode will be used in the daily state, and the single pixel size will be increased to 2.1μm, which can bring better physics High-level blur and picture purity. The ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel lens has a viewing angle of 112° and a single pixel size of 1.12μm. The other two are 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth-of-field lenses, they are mainly featured images.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G SoC with Honor 50 Pro supports three ISPs to work at the same time, which means that three cameras can be used for recording at the same time. Based on this feature, Honor then designed the multi-channel video architecture to provide a "one-stop Vlog" video shooting experience on the Honor 50 Pro.

▲ The front and rear cameras can record together with one button to switch to dual rear different focal length recording.

In the past, when other products were shooting Vlog videos, it was often necessary to pause the recording and then switch when switching the viewing angle (especially the front and rear viewing angles). In addition to interrupting the idea, it also needed to pass the post-production process when the film was finally released. Adjust the timeline and embed videos with different perspectives. The three-camera simultaneous recording of the Honor 50 Pro solves this pain point.

▲ In the multi-lens video recording, the corresponding video template is also provided for reference in order to enhance the texture of Vlog.

At the same time, based on the function of multi-camera and simultaneous recording, Honor 50 Pro provides many video modes. When shooting Vlog, it is intended to try to solve the material effects in the early shooting and reduce the adjustments in the later period.

Among them, the two modes of "fast slow motion resume" and "single and dual camera resume" are exclusive functions of the Honor 50 series, and they are also the first recording modes supported on smartphones. They mean that video shifting can be solved in the early stage of shooting (audio will also be shifted at the same time), and the video of different perspectives can be presented in a piece of material, which can greatly reduce the workload in the later stage.

When shooting, Honor 50 Pro will call the front 12 million pixels, main camera 100 million pixels and 8 million pixels ultra-wide angle, these three cameras to complete the video recording. The streamlined video recording process is very suitable for outings. One piece of material is enough to cover many different perspectives.

However, for ordinary consumers, it may take some time to learn and adapt to the various functions of Honor 50 Pro "Multi-Mirror Video Recording". After all, this kind of function is rare in commercially available mobile phones, and Honor 50 Pro The functions and modes provided are also rich enough.

In still images, the configuration of the Honor 50 Pro's 100-megapixel main camera brings more possibilities. With a larger sensor area, the photos will have a more natural physical blur, and the single pixel size brought by the nine-in-one mode will also bring better purity to the photos.

▲ 100 million pixel proofs of Honor 50 Pro in backlight state.

In sufficient light conditions, turn on the high-pixel mode, it will retain enough rich details. But on the other hand, a 100-megapixel photo is close to 20MB in size, which puts a certain pressure on the network and memory, and the probability of daily call is not high. Therefore, putting the "high pixel" mode in the secondary menu is quite in line with daily usage habits.

▲ Honor 50 Pro main camera.

▲ Honor 50 Pro main camera with 2x zoom.

▲ In the evening when there is a light source outdoors, the photos obtained by Honor 50 Pro are very pure, and the AI ​​recognition is also very accurate, such as flowers, cars, and buildings can be identified for individual optimization.

▲ Even in the extreme low light environment, the Honor 50 Pro can restore the main body. In reality, the trailer is in a dark place, and only a trace of street lights in the distance comes through the gaps in the leaves.

The focus of the image upgrade of the Honor 50 Pro is in video shooting, more accurately Vlog theme shooting, using the Snapdragon 778G to support three ISP features, plus Honor’s own technology and understanding, choosing a new path for the Honor 50 series .

In the static image, Honor 50 Pro maintains the "omnipotent" characteristics of digital series products, and uses hundreds of millions of outsole main cameras. Innovating in video shooting and strengthening the main camera, both of which are facing consumers' real needs for mobile phone images.

Is the power of 100W super enough?

The ever-increasing charging power of today's smartphones has brought me a problem, "Whether to bring the mobile power when I go out, or the original charging head and cable?"

But when the charging power exceeds 100W, the above decision is quite simple. It is actually the most efficient choice to bring the original charging kit when you go out.

Honor 50 Pro supports 100W (20V 5A) power "super fast charge". According to the actual measurement, it can be charged to 90% in the first 20 minutes, and it takes 25 minutes to fully charge it. In the daily state, if the battery is charged for 10~15 minutes, it can recover almost half of the blood, and there is no anxiety about battery life. Even if you go out, you can just find a socket in the mall.

The fast charging solution of Honor 50 Pro is not a dual-cell and three-cell technology, but a "triple ear" technology, which realizes dual-channel charging on a single cell, plus 4:1 charge pump technology. , Improve charging power.

In addition, the Honor 50 Pro also supports 18W fast charging. If you go out to play, ordinary power banks can also quickly recharge.

Compared to the 100W super fast charge, the battery capacity of the Honor 50 Pro is only 4000mAh, which is not a dazzling number. But in the actual experience, the screen is on for about 4 hours a day, during which there are 1 hour of mobile games, 1 hour of online videos, and most of the rest are social apps. The Honor 50 Pro is enough for a day, about 20% to 20% Power.

In terms of experience, the battery life of the Honor 50 Pro is not much different from the flagship phones of 4500mAh that I have experienced. Don't forget that I did not turn on the dynamic refresh rate. If it is turned on, it may have better battery life.

Focusing and sinking Honor 50 series

The Honor 50 series is divided into Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro. Regardless of the specific volume, the core difference is only the charging power (Honor 50 is 66W) and the front camera (Honor 50 is a 32-megapixel single camera). They are all equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G SoC, the main camera is the same, and the screen core parameters are the same. In summary, they can be said to have similar characteristics.

The newly-launched Honor 50 series not only leans towards fashion and trend in design style, but also gradually "sinks" in its market positioning. However, the change in positioning does not mean that it will compromise on experience, just like it is equipped with. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC, although it is a 7-series high-end chip, has the experience and performance close to the flagship in terms of 5G, AI and imaging ISP.

From a horizontal perspective, the X53 5G baseband on Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G has a peak download speed of 3.7Gbps, which is the highest of all Snapdragon 7 series chips. Compared with the flagship chip of Snapdragon 888, the built-in Spectra 570L ISP of Snapdragon 778G supports three ISPs like Snapdragon 888.

The same is true for the Honor 50 series. Horizontally, it has a market positioning of around 2,000 yuan, a shiny design, and sufficient "performance." On the other hand, it has a flagship image configuration and high power. Charging experience.

On the whole, the Honor 50 series and Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G have similar positioning, and complement each other in experience, and have relatively prominent market competitiveness.

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