Friday, May 7, 2021

Huawei P40 Price: Unreasonable or a Great Deal?

The Huawei P40 turned out to be a major test for the Chinese telecom giant that had to create an Android flagship phone without Google services. Huawei P40 price at launch was lower than other flagship phones while offering nearly identical hardware and performance. The only exception was the P40 Pro Plus which was the most expensive version and priced the same as regular flagship devices. As it turned out, the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus received positive reviews despite having a major disadvantage over other Android smartphones.

After just over one year since launch, the P40 lineup from Huawei still puts flagship smartphones to shame with its hardware, smooth UI, battery, display, and cameras.

At launch, Huawei released the Huawei P40 with a price tag of around $864/£699/€799. For that money, users would get a device with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. The Huawei P40 Pro had a launch price of $1,137/£899.99/€899 and had a larger screen and 8 GB of RAM but up to 512 GB of storage. The most expensive version was the Huawei P40 Plus which had a launch price tag of $1,642/£1299.99/€1,399 with the same 8 GB of RAM and started at 256 GB of internal storage or 512 GB. What made the Huawei P40 Pro Plus so special were its cameras as everything else was identical to the P40 Pro.

Is the price tag justified?

For many, the Huawei P40 price range was reasonable except for the Pro Plus that did not justify the price hike for better cameras. The other two smartphones offered great value for money. Equipped with the Kirin 990 5G chipset and Octa-core Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55 CPUs, the devices performed flawlessly with smooth animations, 90hz refresh rage displays, OLED screens, and highly competitive cameras for both the main and selfie camera. Their design is worth the flagship title with a curved screen and glass-covered back. The battery capacity on all three of them offers a full day of intense usage.

For early adopters, Huawei offered various bonuses at launch such as the Huawei Watch GT for free. After the launch, the price of the devices dropped and the free Huawei gear was removed from the offer. At the moment, the lower Huawei P40 price tag makes them very tempting devices. However, very few people these days buy their smartphones outright. Most carriers have the Huawei P40 smartphones on their offer and even have subscription packages that have the P40 for free.

A humble conclusion…

Huawei improved the quality of its smartphones over the years and gained a massive following. Sadly, due to political arguments, Google Services were cut off from Huawei. A political decision made in one country affected the entire globe as Huawei cannot offer Google Services at all for anyone. The P40 lineup was an experiment for the telecom giant as it boldly launched a phone that was crippled in terms of service but it allowed them to release their app store. The Huawei AppGallery had a slow start but it managed to provide a working alternative.

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