An unusually early launch announcement, according to Gizchina, Richard Yu announced to French press during at an interview that the new Huawei P40 series will launch in Paris at the end of March, similar to previous years

Normally that wouldn't be particularly newsworthy at this point, it is more stating the obvious. This year though, Huawei is still embroiled in trouble with the US trade deal so as it currently stands, the phone will launch with Android 10 and the EMUI interface, but without Google services.

More interesting, Richard Yu promises that the smartphone will be distributed via all the conventional distribution channels. Including operators and resellers.

Currently, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has seen a limited release in the western markets due to the issues with Google(though it is selling like hotcakes in China).

It could be that Huawei has accepted that these issues are not going away anytime soon, so they must forge ahead without Google.

Yu states that the P40 and P40 Pro will benefit from a design “never seen” with better photo quality, better performance and better autonomy.

The P series has always been the flagship phone from Huawei that focusses on the camera, while the Mate series is the first to feature the latest chipset such as the Kirin 990 5G. The Huawei P30 Pro remains my favourite phone of the year for, its camera quality is outstanding, so I look forward to seeing what they can do with the P40 Pro.

So far, various rumours indicate the up and coming phone will have graphene battery technology and a punch-hole front-facing camera

The phone will definitely have the Kirin 990 chipset, but it will be interesting to see if they release the Pro model a 4G and 5G options. Most other flagship phones for 2020 will be 5G only due to the requirements of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.