Apple iPhone v P20 Pro
Huawei’s P20 Pro continues to be a supremely good phone that was easily one of the best devices of 2018.
With this flagship impressing technology experts across the globe it beat all of its rivals, including Apple’s iPhone, to win the best smartphone of the year.
Despite it being over a year old there’s still plenty to like about the P20 Pro especially as it’s recently been reduced in price to under £500.
For your money, you get a 6.1-inch display, huge 4,000mAh battery and a triple rear camera that can shoot a range of images with an improved zoom and wide-angle lens both included.
Despite all of these features and awards it’s not all good news for the P20 Pro with the Apple iPhone now gaining one huge advantage over this device.
Trade-in values for the P20 Pro have plummeted in recent weeks with Huawei’s 2018 flagship now worth a fraction of its original price.
In fact, sites such MusicMagie are now offering just £50 for the P20 Pro.
Compare that to Apple’s iPhone and you can see why the US technology firm has such a massive advantage,
An iPhone 6s (launched in 2015) is currently worth £80 despite being three years older than the P20 Pro.
If you own an iPhone 8 (launched in 2017) you can currently get over £270 if you trade it in.
And it’s not just Apple devices that have an advantage over their Chinese rival with Samsung and Google phones also worth much more than the P20 Pro.
Apple iPhone v P20 Pro
HERE’S WHAT PHONES ARE WORTH ACCORDING TO MUSIC MAGPIE
Huawei P20 Pro (launched March 2018) WORTH £50
Apple iPhone 6s (launched September 2015) WORTH £80
Apple iPhone 7 (launched September 2016) WORTH £130
Apple iPhone 8 (launched September 2017) WORTH £273
Apple iPhone X (launched September March 2017) WORTH £430
Samsung Galaxy S8 (launched April 2017) WORTH £160
Samsung Galaxy S9 (launched March 2018) WORTH £230
Google Pixel 2 (launched October 2017) WORTH £140
Google Pixel 3 (launched November 2018) WORTH £300
The P20 Pro is worth just £50
So why have Huawei prices taken such a tumble?
Firstly, prices for the P20 Pro began to drop once the new P30 Pro was launched in March.
This latest flagship brings numerous improvements to the brand including an embedded fingerprint scanner, more power and wireless charging.
However, that may not be the biggest reason that prices have been sent crashing.
Late last month Google announced that it is being forced to suspend Huawei’s Android licence.
This was in response to the Trump administration adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist.
The iPhone has held its value far better than its rivals
Speaking about the new ban, a Google spokesperson said: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications.
“For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
Although Huawei has confirmed it will keep updating current software on devices it seems unlikely that phones, such as the P20 Pro, will receive any major Android upgrades in the future and that could be hugely disappointing for users.
Google recently revealed its new Android Q operating system which is expected to be released later this year.
But the new ban could mean Huawei users will now be stuck with the current Android 9 Pie OS and won’t ever get to see the new features on offer with Q.
This shock news seems to have created a rush of people trying to get rid of their phones.
Website musicMagpie said it saw Huawei trade-ins increase by 154 per cent following the news that Huawei’s use of Android is being restricted by Google
In fact, The Huawei P20 was the third most traded-in phone of the day at the tech site – this was ahead of popular devices such as the Samsung S8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.
“The trade-in value of the Huawei P20 Pro has dropped dramatically this week following Google’s announcement,” said Jon Miller, MD of Electronics at MusicMagpie.
“Although the company’s statement is clear that all current handsets will retain their access to the Play Store and customers will continue to be able to update their apps, consumer confidence has disappeared and right now, there is a lot of uncertainty in the market.”
The P20 Pro has lost a huge percentage of its value
It’s unclear if prices will return to a higher level, or if the Google ban will be reversed, but in response to the news, Huawei said: “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world.
“As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
“Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally.
“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”