Reckon you can live without Google? If so, a Huawei P40 could be the handset for you.
The flagship phones from the Chinese manufacturer are on a par with comparable models from Apple and Samsung.
But Huawei has been blacklisted by the US and is banned from doing business with any organisation that operates there. This means Huawei phones can’t run Google Mobile Services and don’t have the Google Play Store.
As a result, Huawei users in the UK can’t use popular Google apps such as Gmail and Maps, as well as third-party apps that need Google’s Play Services infrastructure to work.
Instead, users have to use Huawei’s proprietary app store, or download app files from the internet and sideload them onto their devices.
Huawei P40 specs
The Huawei P40 range first hit the shelves in 2020 and followed the P30. The range includes the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+.
The base handset, the P40, features a 6.1” OLED display with a 1080 x 2340 resolution and pixel density of 422 pixels per inch. The 5G phone comes with either 128 or 256GB of internal memory plus a slot for an external memory card of up to 256GB.
For photography, the Huawei P40 has a 50 megapixel (MP) main lens by Leica, a 16MP ultrawide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. On the front, the handset has a 32MP selfie camera.
Crunching the numbers within the device is an eight-core CPU consisting of two 2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 cores, two 2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 cores and four 1.95 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. Buyers have the option of 6 or 8GB worth of RAM.
The handset comes in a choice of Silver Frost, Black or Blush Gold, has an IP53 rating for protection from small spills and supports wireless charging.
How to compare mobile deals
Despite the Huawei P40 range’s limitations regarding apps, there are still some competitive deals available from Virgin Media, Vodafone, iD Mobile, and EE.
You can calculate the total cost of a mobile phone deal by multiplying the monthly cost by the number of months, adding on the upfront fee, and subtracting any cashback amount.
This will give you the total contract cost to compare with other contracts of the same length.