Poll of the week: No 5G and without Google – Is Huawei still relevant?

Huawei is still trying to secure a spot on the smartphone market in 2022. But will this legendary cookie even taste good without Google and 5G? In our poll of the week, we want to know what you think of the former superstar on the smartphone market.

It was hard to miss that Huawei unveiled new smartphones last week. Of course, we at NextPit published an article about the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket, and my colleague Antoine Engels has already used the Pro model for a test. Besides websites with a technology focus, mainstream media like the US news channel CNBC have also reported about it.

Huawei’s new smartphones look fantastic, but they fall behind the competition when you take a closer look: Both the Pro model and the P50 Pocket come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, but Huawei had to replace the integrated 5G modem with an LTE modem. In addition, support for the Google Play Store is still missing and Harmony OS is not rolled out outside of China.

So, is the world reporting on Huawei because it is exciting to watch a former tech giant die, or are the new smartphones actually relevant as daily drivers. Not for resourceful tech journalists like me, but for you – the end users!

Question 1: P50 Pocket or Pro – which model would you buy?

Let’s start with the easiest question. We determine the market with our purchasing power and since not all of you may have between 1,199 and 1,599 dollars to spare for a new device, and of course, Huawei’s devices are only available on a limited number or markets, we’ll simply simulate the tech market cash register in this survey:

While the first question is quite personal, I would like to appeal to your professionalism once again. Many NextPit readers have been watching the smartphone market for quite a few years. So how do you see Huawei’s relevance apart from your personal preferences and financial plans?

Question 2: Is Huawei still relevant to the smartphone market?

Because when we ask about the relevance of a company, we have to add a few more variables. So it’s not about whether you like the current lineup, but rather whether Huawei still has a raison d’ĂȘtre in the markets in Europe and the Americas despite its major weaknesses. Even though Huawei is also weakening in China, let’s take the market there out of the equation for once.

If you answered “No” in the question above, I ask you to click on the next poll again. Because I find your reasons here much more exciting than the yes-no question. Is it a distrust of a company that (allegedly) works with the Chinese Communist Party, or do you find the obvious rebrands with “ex” daughter brand Honor silly?

In our weekly editorial meeting, we had another idea that we want to take up with a final question. Because sometimes we have the impression of living in a bubble. And it might just burst if we poke it with obvious surveys!

Question 3: Do you know anyone who recently bought a Huawei phone?

Besides the field test of going undercover and letting ourselves be advised in tech stores about Huawei phones, we would like to know if our doubts are purely professional. Of course, we have to criticize the fact that Google services are missing on Huawei phones – but do cell phone newcomers even care about that? And might some people prefer a familiar brand name to 5G?

With this last question, this survey should also end. My little market research on the topic of Huawei will hopefully meet with lively interest on the various NextPit domains. Because I’m really curious to see if we nerds at the community are still up to date when it comes to Huawei.

Feel free to write me your opinion about Huawei and the new devices in the comments. As usual, we will take up exciting comments in the evaluation. Thank you for your participation!

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