2019 was once a bit of a rollercoaster for Huawei. From the highs of the P30 Pro, which used to be universally well-received, to the lows of the unfair US trade ban, which prevents the organization from doing business with essential groups such as Google.
The ban is still in force, which basically capacity Huawei can not ship telephones with Google services and that is principal trouble for most of the western world which may not be given paying top whack for a flagship Android telephone barring YouTube, Gmail, Play Store and the relaxation of it. After all, it’s the handy apps which make a telephone useful to you… or not.
And this leaves us with alternatively combined feelings about the upcoming Huawei P40 – or P400 if Huawei decides to exchange matters around with the naming strategy.
It’s positive to be an awesome handset with modern points and better-than-ever cameras (we’ll get to the spec rumors – see below) but if you are stuck with Huawei’s app store and no Google services, then the handset itself is rather a moot point.
In any case, Huawei will launch the successor to its P30 flagship in March 2020. At least it truly is the phrase from Richard Yu in an interview with French media. There’s a small threat it will be unveiled at MWC, though, as Huawei has already sent out a save-the-date e-mail for a product briefing on 23 February in Barcelona.
We assume the P40 to be joined through Pro and Lite models, and in all likelihood additionally a 5G variant.
Here’s the current state of the rumors at a glance:
- P40 Pro will have a five-camera rear array with a 10x optical zoom PLUS two front selfie cameras
- P40 Pro could have 6.5in screen with 120Hz refresh rate
- Standard P40 model will have the three cameras of the P30 Pro
- Graphene battery tech will not make an appearance
- Will use Kirin 990 processor
When is the Huawei P40 coming out?
Huawei commonly opts to launch its flagship after MWC when its information won’t be lost in all the hype of the Galaxy S11, Xiaomi Mi 10, LG G9 and so forth. In 2019 we saw the employer unveil the P30 on 26 March, and it went on sale on 5 April. Expect something similar in 2020, now not least because it really is what Huawei’s CEO has stated will happen.
Following the P40, we assume Huawei to launch the Mate forty series in September or October 2020.
How a good deal will the Huawei P40 cost?
Pricing for the P30 family at launch began at £699/€799/US$599 for the widespread model and £899/€999/$899 for the Pro. This used to be a £100 bounce over their predecessors, which should mean we’ll see a £100 hike in 2020. Certainly assume to pay greater for a 5G version.
No Google offerings for P40
Huawei has published its Harmony (Hongmeng in China) OS, and it’s viable that Huawei’s 2020 flagship will run this as an alternative than Android. The organisation has additionally recently shown off its choice to the Google Play Store, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) 4.0, at a London event in an effort to persuade builders to write apps for its platform.
That can also only be real in China, though: the Mate 30 runs an open source model of Android 10 but without Google services preinstalled. Given that the employer appears set for a world launch of the P40, we count on it to go for this approach in a European / American model, albeit with greater polished Huawei services.
In theory, Huawei should persuade builders to make their apps reachable thru its own app store, however that is a lengthy shot the organization is unlikely to pull off – and truly not by the time the P40 launches.
It may no longer be known as the P40!
We’re much less certain on the reality that the P30 successor will be the P40, however. Huawei likes to hold us on our toes with the naming of its flagship telephone family.
After the P7 it dropped the ‘Ascend’ moniker, however persisted in numerical order with the P8 and P9. When the P-series hit double-digits it jumped straight from P10 to P20, and then in 2019 to the P30. In 2020 it follows that we are going to see a P40, even though the company has reportedly trademarked the names P300, P400 and P500, right up to P1000, so the subsequent Huawei flagship could alternatively be a P400.
Huawei P40 specification & format rumours
At IFA 2019 Huawei unveiled the Kirin 990, which is the chip that will truely energy the P40.
Appearing first in the 19 September launch of the Huawei Mate 30, the Kirin 990 SoC builds in a 5G modem. It additionally involves an eight-core CPU and a 16-core GPU, plus a triple-core NPU that is used for AI. The latter is expanded over that of the Kirin 980 with two big cores and one new tiny core that makes use of infrequently any power.
In design, things will remain mainly the same, however the screen notch may additionally well be ditched in favour of a punch-hole cutout or pop-up camera, and the edges are reportedly more squared.