The Huawei P50 Pro could be launched later this month
It hasn’t been that long since Huawei took the lead when it came to shifting smartphones. In 2020, the Chinese tech company took the top spot in a number of smartphone sales, beating Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi in record shipments. However, things have now taken a dramatic turn for the P40 Pro manufacturer with a new report from analytics firm Canalys revealing Huawei’s rapid fall.
Things are going so badly for Huawei right now, not only has the company lost its top spot, but it is no longer in the top five when it comes to the biggest smartphone vendors. The latest statistics show that Samsung sold the most devices in the second quarter of 2021 and Xiaomi is racing to second place. Apple followed in third place, with Oppo and Vivo fourth and fifth respectively.
There’s no official news on what caused the dramatic decline, but the fact that Huawei handsets no longer ship with Google’s suite of apps or Play Store, along with a distinct lack of new phones released this year, could could be to blame. Huawei was banned from doing business with US companies in 2019, and while it can still run a stock version of Android, all of its new devices won’t be able to include apps like Gmail, Google Maps and the all-important Play Store.
Huawei has been busy fighting this problem with the launch of its own App Gallery store and the imminent release of a new operating system called HarmonyOS, which means it could cut its ties to Google and its Android platform entirely.
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And now it looks like fans are about to get their first glimpse of Huawei’s next-generation devices powered by HarmonyOS, with the company announcing its next big launch on July 29.
In a post on the Chinese social platform Weibo, CEO Richard Yu said his new phone will mark the beginning of “a new era of mobile imaging”.
A tweet was also posted that reads: “On July 29, we will unveil our latest products during the launch of new flagship products from HUAWEI. Stay tuned for more information.”
Leaked images have already revealed what the new P50 could look like with a radical rear camera system. Photos are displayed on huge disks that appear to be packed with an array of lenses and a flash.
Huawei is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of photography, with the company being one of the first to introduce telephoto lenses into its cameras, along with smart AI and night mode that can take pictures in total darkness.
We’ll have to wait and see what exactly Huawei is up to when it unveils all later this month, but the company will certainly hope that this upgrade will see it back at the top of the sales charts.
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