The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro were released in March 2019 to a positive reception. The P30 Pro specifically was heralded for being a heavyweight within the smartphone industry for its photography capabilities, and some experts argued that the P30 Pro’s lenses had a superior low-light performance to the Google Pixel 3’s coveted Night Sight. The P30 Pro’s periscope lens is considered by many to be exceptional, as users testing the zoom function found that the P30 could produce photos of an excellent quality even at 32x zoom. The battery life also stands out, as the P30 Pro came with a 4,200mAh battery- larger than most of the competition in 2019.
Because of Huawei’s strong presence in the smartphone industry in 2019, many of us are now wondering what the next move for the tech giant will be, despite a turbulent year politically. So, what can we expect from the upcoming Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Lite? Huawei’s next flagship devices are due to be released on Thursday the 26th of March at an event in Paris, but many of the devices’ specifications have already been leaked, so we have some answers already.
The most powerful phone of the three will be the Huawei P40 Pro. It is likely to have the most impressive specifications and therefore the highest price. The phone in the middle is the Huawei P40, which will be much like the Huawei P30 in that it will not have the more advanced specifications of the Pro and therefore will be more reasonably priced (although higher than your average mid-range device). Lastly, there is the Huawei P40 Lite. This is the model which will be the least powerful and the most rudimentary of the three, designed with budget-conscious consumers in mind at the cheapest price. It is rumoured that this device will be very similar to the Huawei Nova 6 SE which was released at the end of 2019.
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The P30 began at £699 and the P30 Pro began at £899. These were £100 more than the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro which came out the year before in 2018. If Huawei follows the same pricing pattern, then the prices of the P40 and P40 Pro will start at £799 and £999 respectively. The Huawei P40 Lite on the other hand has been reported to cost around £260 for 6GB and 128GB. This is a steal for consumers looking for a cheap device with many of the modern features that we have come to expect from the latest smartphones.
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While the Huawei P40 will not have access to any of the Google apps or services, it will be running Android 10 preinstalled as its platform, with Huawei’s EMUI 10 user interface. This is Huawei’s most recent software update.
For those wondering if Huawei ban has been lifted, we have bad news. As it stands following the United States’ trade ban on Huawei in May 2019, any Huawei phones released after this time were not granted access to any of Google’s apps. The first of Huawei’s smartphone range to undergo this was the Huawei Mate 30 series, and the Huawei P40 series is the next group of devices to follow. This ban unfortunately has not been fully lifted yet, so you will need to be aware of this if you are thinking of buying one of the recent Huawei models. The services that the P40 series will have instead is Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which may be suitable for some users, but for others could be extremely frustrating as there are some apps missing that are considered to be essential, such as YouTube and Google Maps.
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It is unclear how Huawei and the United States’ relationship will develop in the future, but for now it seems unlikely that Huawei will be able to access Google’s apps or services. Huawei have stated that an open Android ecosystem would be the ‘first choice’ for the company, however they have also created HarmonyOS, which is their new operating system (OS). This OS has already been installed on certain products in China, but it is not yet available in the UK. You will have to wait a while longer to see this OS on devices sold in the UK.
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