Huawei unveils P40 smartphones in online event

March 27, 2020 15:07
Huawei is optimistic about the prospects of its new P40 series phones despite the coronavirus pandemic and lack of Google support. Photo: Reuters

Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies on Wednesday unveiled its new flagship smartphones even as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, showed off the P40 phones that come in three models: the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+.

The phones have triple, quad and penta-camera configurations and "overflow” displays that curve over all four edges of the devices, Reuters reports. 

Yu said the P40 series set the bar higher again in camera technology, with the largest camera sensor on a smartphone, up to 10 times optical zoom and advanced artificial intelligence.

“I hope the P40 series still can sell very, very well globally," Reuters quoted him as saying during an online presentation.

Coronavirus is under control in China and Huawei’s manufacturing is back up to speed, the executive said.

“The situation is good; more and more people go back to work and the shopping mall,” Yu said. “Every government can learn from China."

Unlike last year's models, the P40 phones, however, lack Google services due to a US trade ban.  YouTube, Google Maps and Play Store apps, as well as Google Assistant, will be missing.

Yu claimed that a growing number of developers are contributing to Huawei’s own ecosystem.

“Most of the most popular apps will be integrated with the HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) core and will be in the AppGallery,” he said. “That is improving very, very quickly.”

Even so, the executive said that Huawei still wants to continue to partner Google.

The P40 and P40 Pro will be available from April 7 in Europe priced at 799 euros and 999 euros respectively, while the P40 Pro+ will follow a couple of months later priced at 1,399 euros.

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