Huawei has shelved plans to hold a launch event for its forthcoming flagship smartphones, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro. The decision has been taken due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that’s sweeping the globe. Almost 115,000 people worldwide have now contracted COVID-19, which has resulted in more than 4,000 deaths.
Instead, the next-generation flagship smartphone will be announced via a live stream. It’s unclear whether coronavirus will impact the release date of the handset – China halted production and shuttered a number of its biggest manufacturing facilities in order to stymie the spread of the virus. That decision has impacted a number of multi-national companies, including Apple, which has a shortage of replacement devices in its retail stores for those with problems with their iPhones.
Huawei previously announced plans to announce the P40 and P40 Pro in Paris on March 26, 2020. In France, there have been more than 1,400 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 30 people have died after contracting COVID-19.
A spokesperson for Huawei confirmed the decision to move the launch to an online-only stream, stating: “Due to growing public health concerns, the Huawei flagship product launch, originally scheduled to be held in Paris on 26 March, will now be delivered online.”
The move comes after MWC – the biggest smartphone tradeshow on the planet – was cancelled over the spread of coronavirus. Google has cancelled its annual developer conference, known as Google IO, in California due to the same public health concerns.
Huawei’s forthcoming P40 series is widely-expected to build on its predecessor, the P30. The latest whispers suggest we’ll see a 52MP main sensor from Sony, coupled with a 10x optical zoom and a 3x telephoto camera. With the P30 Pro, Huawei introduced a 5x optical camera and a 10x Hybrid zoom – which used artificial intelligence (AI) to sharpen any edges, reduce any motion blur. Moving to a 10x optical zoom, it’s possible we’ll see Huawei will use its AI to improve the quality of even closer shots.
That said, we can’t imagine the P40 Pro will be able to match the ridiculously impressive (albeit impossibly gimmicky) 100x Space Zoom found in the rear-camera set-up on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Ultra, which starts from £1,199 and launches on Friday.
Five different colour options and 5G support across the entire range also seems highly like for the Huawei P40 series, rumours suggest.
Thankfully, there’s not long to wait to find out how many of these rumours turn out to be true. Express.co.uk will be self-isolating and watching the event on YouTube and bring you the latest news on the handset on March 26, 2020.
Published at Thu, 12 Mar 2020 07:31:00 +0000