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Huawei’s new flagship smartphone — the Honor 20 Pro — was launched this week even as Donald Trump issued an executive order banning US companies like Google and Microsoft from doing any trade with the firm.
However, despite Huawei’s Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro launhin to rave reviews and reception, the smartphone may fail to launch after all.
According to WinFuture, indications are that Honor failed to get their flagship certified via Google before Trump’s ban and their subsequent launch. This means that the phone can’t be seld outside of China with the Google Play Store installed.
In other words, this phone is dead on arrival.
Carriers and resellers may also be resisting the launch of this phone as carriers worldwide have begun dropping Huawei phones and the trade-in value of Huawei and Honor phones has crashed with the flagship P20 Pro now fetching the same pricing as the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Even with the 90-day reprieve, a new smartphone launch from Huawei or Honor doesn’t seem likely to succeed as long as the ban remains in place.