Where you can buy the Huawei P40 Lite cash or on contract

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Despite the ongoing pandemic and a trade war between China and the US resulting in an embargo on Huawei, the P40 Lite is Huawei’s second Google-less smartphone in South Africa. The first was the Huawei Nova 5T, which was released in December. Now we’ve got the P40 Lite which, as part of the company’s new P40 lineup, is its newest budget-friendly device.

This mid-ranger sports a four-camera array on the back and an edge-to-edge LCD display up front. But until Huawei figures out how to give its users a fully capable AppGallery and other Google replacements, it’s going to be a hard sell. 

That said, the Huawei P40 Lite’s hardware is extremely capable, and the camera is absolutely outstanding even by flagship terms. But without Google support, the whole experience seems a bit off for anyone invested in the Google ecosystem. Look past those niggles though, and you’ve got yourself some impressive tech. It’s available from Huawei’s online store for R6,500, from Cellucity for R7,000 and from Takealot for R7,500 (this is the dual-SIM model). 

It’s also the first device in the P40 range to be available in SA, via contracts at major mobile networks. Let’s look at the contract options currently available in South Africa for thew device. 

Network Contract Price Extras
Telkom FreeMe 1.5GB R400 x 24
Cell C Pinnacle 1GB TopUp R320 x 24
Cell C Pinnacle 2GB TopUp R400 x 24 20GB once-off
Vodacom Prepaid Contract R370 x 24 20 GB once-off

 

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13 Comments

    • Bought this phone due to great reviews. None of the reviews explained in detail the negatives.
      No Google Maps
      No Google Play Store
      All previous apps installed on last phone (that was stolen) will not load, register, work or open. This is an expensive phone / camera option. My most used app was Google Maps

      • LOL there are three carriers in China, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, using TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, and CDMA2000 networks, respectively.
        google they don`t use

  1. It blows one’s mind how the world is turning a blind eye to Communist China for many decades now. This Communist state has similar atrocious human rights abuse records to North Korea, but still the world is not prepared to appose them, except for Donald TRUMP’S America. Anyone supporting China by buying any goods from them, even a simple cellphone is blind to the horrors against China’s own people and are an supporting human rights abuses, Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Im confused on which 1 to buy between huawei p40 lite nd samsung a51.. This google thing is just confusing

  2. I bought the p40 lite fone, you must download an app called Findorra, from the Huawei App gallery. This app is our “Google android playstore” equivalent.

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