Huawei’s P40 will most likely not launch with Google Play Services on board. While it will be lacking certain software features and services, it is still expected to pack impressive hardware, although we’re sure that there are some who will probably be a bit put off by the lack of Google services on the phone.
The good news is that if you think you can live without using Google’s services, Huawei could actually be planning on lowering the price of the handset. According to the rumors, Huawei is said to potentially price the P40 cheaper than its predecessor, where the base model could be priced starting at 599 euros (around $650).
To give you some context, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which was the first Huawei handset not to sport Google’s services, was priced starting at $900, so if the rumors are true about the P40 being priced at $650, it does represent a good amount of savings. Perhaps Huawei is hoping that users will overlook the fact that the phone will lack certain features, and that maybe the difference in price is enough to make them forget or ignore it.
Either way, take it with a grain of salt for now and don’t get your hopes up just yet. MWC is around the corner and hopefully Huawei will have more details to share then.