If you have followed the travails of Huawei in the hands of the US government all through 2019, you must know by now that the Chinese smartphone maker no longer has access to new Google Services licences for its new smartphone models. And so, it isn’t exactly news to hear that the company’s 2020 flagships, Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro, will launch without Google apps and services.
What is going to be newsworthy is how well those models will sell in the market despite this handicap. Not that it will be a surprise either. After all, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which was released in 2019 without Google services, has sold in truckloads. The P40 and P40 Pro are expected to be runaway successes too.
The Mate 30 Pro stands out with a unique design and the most fantastic smartphone camera of 2019. Huawei intends to continue with that strategy. Richard Yu, the Huawei consumer group CEO, has been reported as saying that the P40 and P40 Pro series will feature a “never-before-seen” design, even better photography, and boosted artificial intelligence.
In Yorubaland, we say that if a man does not have money, he must have mouth (be gifted in speech). The application here is that a phone that lacks Google Mobile services in 2020 must have something else that is super compelling.
There is still the question of how well Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro will sell outside of China. The company plans to launch them in France in March 2020. Europe is a good choice for the launch, as North America is dead to anything without Google. Europeans still have a reservation about the privacy invasion that goes on by Google services and others like it. There are many Europeans who are not yet caught in the net. Still, Huawei has a hard task ahead even on this old continent.
In China, however, the P40 duo will be runaway hits. China’s massive population helps. It also helps that there are more millionaires and billionaires in China than in any other country on the earth. Add to that the legendary patriotism of the Chinese and it is easy to see why the P40 and P40 Pro will have no trouble selling well there.
Plus, the lack of Google services and apps have never been a bother for the Chinese.
Huawei P40 series did well in the market on 2019. The Mate 30 series have done very well too, Google be damned. It will be a big shocker if the Huawei P40 series do not give us a repeat performance in 2020.