Huawei may have been granted another leeway to support its existing devices but that extension doesn’t cover new ones, not even the Huawei Mate 30 series of yesteryear. This situation has ironically generated no small amount of curiosity over Huawei’s next move and as the outspoken consumer business head Richard Yu already spilled some of the beans around the Huawei P40. Suffice it to say, it will be a very different experience from other Android phones and yet could look too familiar for Samsung fans.
At Huawei’s MWC live stream, Yu confirmed that the Huawei P40 will launch by the end of March 2020. It has in recent years held its own event away from the flood of news at MWC in February and IFA in September. Furthermore, he also reassured that the phone will be available through regular retail and carrier channels.
It’s probably no secret that it won’t come with Google Play Store but Yu revealed that the company’s Huawei Mobile Services would be ready by then, as we’ve seen on the Y7p device introduced earlier this month. This is Huawei’s stand-in replacement for the apps and services that Google offers on certified Android devices. It remains to be seen if Android app developers need to do extra work to support Huawei’s counterpart and if they’re willing to do the work given Huawei’s precarious situation.
The Huawei exec boasts that the phone will have a never before seen design but the most recent leaks seems to contradict that claim.
The Huawei P40 and P40 are expected to carry the company’s latest Kirin 990 processor and have four and five cameras, respectively. Those cameras will most likely carry the brand to the top of photography reviews yet again but those might do little to improve the phones’ chances in the market outside of China. We’re excited again.
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