Huawei’s big recycling is not over yet. Forbidden to use Google Mobile Services and in a shortage of chips, the Chinese giant has marketed a P40 4G at home. A more financially accessible version of its flagship of 2020.
There are the announcements with great fanfare and the outings on the sly. While waiting for the ambitious P50s scheduled for April 2021, Huawei has quietly released a new version of the P40 in China. A single element distinguishes it from the model that we tested during the first containment in 2020: it is not 5G compatible and is satisfied with 4G connectivity. For the rest, it is strictly the same phone.
5G modems reserved for the P50?
This mobile was spotted on the Chinese e-commerce store JD.com where it is still listed. Surprisingly, this release could well confirm a rumor circulating around the Chinese juggernaut. Unable to order new 5G chips, Huawei would reserve its stock for its flagships. Thus, releasing a 4G version of the P40 would make it possible to offer restocking without selling its modems compatible with the new generation of telecoms.
But the US embargo on Huawei declared in May 2019 does not only penalize the hardware of its mobiles. The software is also called into question with the ban on using Google Mobile Services (GMS). The Mate 30 Pro, P40, P40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro, orphans of this crucial software toolbox, fail to offer an application universe at the height of the competition under Android. Huawei therefore takes care of its latest compatible mobiles. On February 26, the P30 and P30 Pro, however marketed in March 2019 under EMUI 9.1, received the EMUI 11 update. A saving software monitoring for the last two flagships of Chinese equipped with GMS.
As a reminder, the P40 offers excellent battery life, a very good screen, good photos and a powerful Kirin 990 processor. If it included supermarkets, there is no doubt that this smartphone would have been greeted with pride of place in our buying guides. Unfortunately, this is not the case and we cannot advise it as it is.