Huawei makes some of the best phones out there. Unfortunately, as long as the company’s effectively banned from doing business with U.S. companies, its phones will be next to useless for everyone outside of China. 

This, sadly, goes for the company’s next smartphone, the P40 Pro. According to Huawei CEO Richard Yu, (via Frandroid), the company will launch the phone at the end of next March — so, a month after the Mobile World Congress trade show, which takes place in late February — and it won’t have Google services on board. 

Huawei’s last flagship, the Mate 30 Pro, suffered the same fate. 

For users in China, this doesn’t matter. For most users elsewhere, it means the phone won’t come with Gmail, Maps, or even a Play Store, making it a pretty horrible user experience unless you resort to various hacks to install these, typically in a roundabout, horribly user-unfriendly manner. 

It’s a pity because the P40 Pro will likely be a good device, hardware-wise. Yu says it will have a “never seen” design, longer battery life, faster performance, and improved photo quality. Its predecessor, the Huawei P30 Pro (the last major phone launched by Huawei that had Google services onboard), was at the time one of the best smartphones you could buy, with an amazingly versatile and powerful camera. 

You also said the P40 Pro would have Android 10 onboard, as well as the company’s EMUI user interface. 

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