Huawei calls for 'open, available' tech as it readies P40 with 5G


Posted at Feb 25 2020 10:20 AM

Huawei calls for 'open, available' tech as it readies P40 with 5G 1
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group holds a Huawei Mate Xs foldable smartphone, as he talks to the audience on a big screen during Huawei stream product launch event in Barcelona, Spain Feb. 24, 2020. Nacho Doce, Reuters

MANILA -- Technology should be "open and available," the head of Huawei's device division said late Monday, as the Chinese tech giant announced a release date for its photography-focused line of premium smartphones.

The P40 series, which is expected to ship with multiple, Leica-engineered cameras, will go head-to-head with Samsung's Galaxy S20 series and Apple's iPhone 11 Pro line. It will be unveiled in Paris for the third straight year on March 26.

The 2020 P series phones will be the "world's most powerful 5G flagship smartphone," Huawei consumer business group head Richard Yu said in a global live stream, where he also debuted a refreshed Mate Xs foldable smartphone, the MatePad Pro tablet and the MateBook X Pro laptop.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra, with its near 7-inch screen, comes with a 5G option and the biggest update to Samsung's mobile photography yet, with up to 100x zoom. It's screen also refreshes at 120hz, double the current standard, making animations appear smoother.

"We believe technology should be open and available for everyone," Yu said. Huawei is committed to long-term partnerships with US companies like Google, he said.

Huawei's late 2019 flagship, the Mate 30 Pro, runs on open-source version of Google's mobile operating system, Android. However, it shipped without Google's suite of apps out of the box like Gmail, Maps and YouTube.

Shenzhen-based Huawei has strengthened its App Gallery as an alternative for Google's Play Store. Yu said App Gallery would soon rival the Play Store and Apple's App Store for iOS devices.