As Google, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, and many other companies have already been forced to cut ties with Huawei over the course of the past few days due to the ongoing trade wars between the US Ministry of Trade and the tech manufacturer from China, uncertainty about the future of their Huawei-branded smartphones also grows amidst users of those devices.
As «PhoneArena» reports, this uncertainty leads to unsettled owners of Huawei phones to either cancel their preorders, return their newly bought devices or outright sell them off.
Spanish newspaper «El Pais» is coming forward with an estimate that: «… Huawei’s sales in department stores and specialized chains such as El Corte Inglés or Mediamarkt have fallen between 50% and 70% since Sunday, the day the crisis became known. And the returns on Amazon surpass 15,000 units. Huawei Spain has not yet given any official response to the crisis.»
Huawei Flagships: Sharp decline in Resale value
At the same time, the value of Huawei flagship phones such as the Huawei P3o Pro seems to have declined sharply on trade-in websites. As «Forbes» notes, a cross-platform comparison of trade-in-markets all around the UK has seen an overall spike of Huawei phones on offer, combined with a drop in prices of up to 90%.
So why is everyone rushing to sell off their Huawei phone? We can only attribute this to FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) with one of the most pressing questions certainly being: Are Huawei smartphones still going to receive Android updates in the future?
To counter the FUD , here’s Techgarage’s Take:
Should I sell my Huawei phone now?
First of all, here’s what Huawei itself has to say about the situation surrounding current phones on the market:
«(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». And adding «we are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world.»
So far, we know that under the current situation, and after the end of the 90-day grace period in August, it will be very difficult for Huawei to offer timely Android software updates for their devices. This is bad, because usually, you’ll want to have your phone always running on the newest update – which usually not only brings advanced features, but also leads to safer devices. However, adoption of software updates among Android users is notoriously bad with many current devices still being at or around two year old OS versions. So even if everyone pretends to be always applying the newest updates – we wouldn’t bet on it being the most pressing topic for many users.
Reasons for NOT selling your Huawei right now
In our opinion, once the dust has settled, once President Trump has met Xi Jinping in Japan in June and once Huawei can give us more insight on how support for their current devices will look, we’ll have a clearer picture of what the future actually holds for our Huawei Mate 20 Pros and P30 Pros. If you sell now, you’ll lock in a loss as confidence in the brand is currently low and so are prices for resale, as mentioned before.
We could imagine things evening out in the next three months. In the meantime, nothing will change for Huawei users anyway: Google Services and Updates are secured for the time being, the phones are still up-to-date and function just fine. Just try to enjoy this fact (while it lasts, we’re tempted to say). We at Techgarage will hold onto our Huawei phones for now and will keep our readers updated with the roadmap going forward.