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Huawei’s answer to the Galaxy S11 will have a never-before-seen design

Published Dec 18th, 2019 7:16PM EST
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The Galaxy S11 might be one of the most anticipated phones of 2020, but it’s not the only flagship expected to launch in the first half of 2020. As in previous years, Huawei will unveil a brand new high-end handset in March: The Huawei P40, with the P40 Pro likely being the top of the line version of the series.

Huawei already confirmed that the P40 will be unveiled in March in Paris, France. However, you shouldn’t get too excited about a phone you might not be able to buy in the first place. Not only is the P40 Pro unlikely to hit US stores, but the phone might not even run Google apps, as was the case with the Mate 30.

Huawei told French reporters in China that the P40 series will be launched next March in France, per FrAndroid. The news came directly from Huawei’s Richard Yu during an interview with the press.

The exact launch date hasn’t been divulged, but Yu did say that the P40 phones will come with a never-before-seen design, improved photo quality, better performance, and better battery life. The phone will run Android 10 with EMUI on top, the exec said, not Huawei’s new HarmonyOS universal operating system. But the phone isn’t likely to have any of Google’s popular apps, including Maps, YouTube, and Gmail. Instead, the phone will likely be powered by the Huawei Mobile Services suite the company introduced this fall.

Yu also said that the phone will ship through regular distribution channels, including electronics retailers and mobile carriers. The price of the handset hasn’t been disclosed, obviously. The Galaxy S11, meanwhile, is set to be unveiled in mid-February and hit stores in early March.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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