There are a lot of rumours around Huawei bringing back its P series of smartphones to the Indian market. And its no more a rumour as Huawei has created a new webpage on its Indian store and confirmed both the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro smartphones would reach Indian shores ‘Soon.’ However, Huawei did not post any timeline of the launch though. During the event in Paris, Huawei has confirmed to the Indian media that both the phones will launch in the country in the second half of April. The last Huawei P series smartphone to launch in India was the Huawei P9, and that was back in August 2016. Recently, Huawei has sold the same P9 smartphone at an all-time low price of Rs 14,999, maybe to clear the existing stock.
The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro smartphones were launched a couple of days ago, alongside the Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 and Huawei Mate RS smartphones. The Mate RS smartphone may never launch in India, thanks to its super expensive price tag, but the P20 and P20 Pro smartphones could gain some attention in the flagship smartphone market in India. The Huawei P20 is priced aggressively at 649 Euro (approx. Rs 52,000), but in the Indian market, the phone will be priced even more aggressively, maybe at Rs 39,999.
However, the Huawei P20 Pro is an expensive buy at 900 Euro (approx. Rs 72,000). The phone goes against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Apple iPhone X in the flagship department, but it packs a punch when it comes to features, especially the camera features. But it would be interesting to see how Huawei prices it in the Indian market. Huawei surely has grabbed some attention with its Honor range of devices in the Indian market, but the software is something which is letting down its phones. EMUI has been criticised across the globe for its sluggish performance.
The Huawei P20 Pro smartphone packs triple camera setup to the back- a 40MP primary sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP telephoto lens. The device offers 19 AI scene modes, and Huawei has spoken a lot about the cameras on the P20 Pro at the launch event. The standard P20 settles down with a dual camera setup to the back. Both the phones, however, pack a 24MP selfie camera.
The Huawei P20 series will go against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 duo, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S (possibly launching in India next month), OnePlus 6 (rumoured to launch next month) and other flagship devices available in the market. That said, Huawei has made its intentions clear for the Indian market in 2018, and there’s a possibility that it might bring its budget and mid-range devices to the market as well. Already, Honor is doing a decent job in the Indian market, but with both Huawei and Honor, the company might change its fortunes in the world’ second largest smartphone market.