At the HarmonyOS launch event on June 2, Huawei presented its upcoming flagship, giving us our first look at the Huawei P50. A few days later, images of the Honor 50 leaked and, as you can see, they are largely analogous.

These images are from GSMArena, and show the rear of the Honor 50 and 50 Pro (well, we take GSMArena for that, because both renderings are identical except for the color). It’s not clear what the source of these renders is, so take them with a grain of salt.

The official Huawei P50 image and the unofficial render of the Honor 50 both show an analogous design. The rear cameras are all housed in two large vertical circles, with the Honor 50 series featuring one large lens in the upper circle and two in the lower circle, and the Huawei showing three lenses in the upper circle and one in the lower circle (although some speculate that this is the P50 Pro +, with fewer cameras in the standard models).

It’s hard to deny that there are strong similarities between the smartphones depicted in these images, and it’s quite bizarre, as one would have thought that Huawei and Honor would never get back together.

Honor was a sub-brand of Huawei, until December 2020, when it was sold to a Chinese conglomerate. The Honor 50 series is expected to be the company’s first flagship since it started going it alone.

Post-rupture specifications

Before the split, Honor and Huawei often offered fairly similar products (although often with some differences). At the time, it would have been understandable that these two smartphones had the same design. Now that’s a little weird.

Maybe vertical circles are the future of smartphone design, and Huawei and Honor are using it at the same time is just a coincidence.

Hopefully when we know more about these smartphones there will be some bigger differences between them.