Huawei Mobile South Africa expecting to launch P40 and P40 Pro locally in May

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Earlier today Huawei officially unveiled its new P40 series of flagship phones via a live streamed press conference, but to be fair it took a bit of a backseat to South Africa’s impending 21-day lockdown.

Naturally this has had an impact on when Huawei Mobile South Africa plans to launch the device locally, which is why we spoke to CTO, Akhram Mohamed, regarding the expected pricing and availability of the P40 and P40 Pro.

Mohamed has told us that Huawei plans to make both devices available in the country in mid-May, but a precise date is now known at this stage. The CTO was able to be a bit more particular with price, with the P40 estimated to retail for R16 999 and the slightly better specced P40 Pro costing more at R20 999.

These are of course recommended prices, and could change when mid-May rolls around. The same goes for the launch date, which could be shifted should the government choose to extend the lockdown and some other sort of national disaster declaration is made.

When asked about the P40 Pro+, Mohamed said that it is indeed set to arrive in South Africa, but in limited quantities. Globally Huawei has advised that the P40 Pro+ will be available from June onwards, and the CTO tells us that South Africans can likely expect in July sometime.

Joining the P40 Pro+ will be the new Sound X Speaker. No details on pricing for it yet, but the smart functionality that will be delivered by Huawei’s new digital assistant, Celia, will not be present initially. This as Huawei tries to localise it, Mohamed explained to us.

Sticking with Celia, it will not be available on the P40 series when it lands locally either, but is expected to receive an OTA update to add that smart functionality at some point in the year.

With this being the first flagship P series that Huawei has launched sans Google Mobile Services, it should prove interesting to see what the consumer reaction will be.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.