Huawei: Many models will soon no longer receive updates

The new flagship of the P40 series will of course continue to be supplied with updates.

The new flagship of the P40 series will of course continue to be supplied with updates.

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Software updates on smartphones not only ensure that the latest apps always run on the cell phone and bugs are eliminated, they are also essential for security: the longer no software update has been carried out, the higher the chance of becoming a victim Hacker attack, data theft or becoming malware.

Like many of its competitors, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei does not provide its smartphones with security updates endlessly – but usually only three years after the purchase date. Even if these update cycles are not set in stone, Huawei users should look around for a new model after around three years. Or they have to do without security updates.

Huawei distinguishes its products, which are still supplied with updates, into two categories:

  • The latest devices like the Huawei P30, the Mate 30 or the Honor 20, which are updated with security updates every month.
  • The slightly older models such as the Huawei P30 lite, the Mate 20 lite or the Honor 9i, which only receive updates every three months.

Here is the full overview that Huawei provides:

Current monthly security updates

Huawei P series: P30 Pro, P30

Huawei Mate series: Mate 30, Mate 30 pro, Mate 20 X, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 RS

Honor series: Honor 20, Honor 20 PRO, Honor View20, Honor 10, Honor 10 lite

Current quarterly security updates

Huawei P-series: P30 lite, P20 lite, P Smart 2019, P9 lite mini, P smart Pro

Huawei Mate series: Mate 20 Lite, Mate 10 Lite

Huawei Y-series: Y9 Prime 2019, Y9 2019, Y9 2018, Y6 2019, Y6 Pro 2019, Y6 2018, Y5 2019, Y5 2018, Y5 Prime 2018, Y5 Lite, Y5 Lite 2018, Y3 2018, Y MAX, Huawei Y9s , Huawei Y6s

Honor series: Honor 20i, Honor 10i, Honor 10 Lite, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i, Honor Play, Honor 8A, Honor 8X, Honor 8S, Honor 8C, Honor 9X, Honor 7S, Honor 7A

Huawei Nova range: Nova 5T, Nova 4, Nova 3, Nova 3e, Nova Lite 3, Nova 3i

Tablets: M5 (8.4 inches and 10.8 inches), M5 Pro, T5 (10.1 inches), M5 lite (10.1 inches and 8.0 inches)

IMPORTANT: The list is continuously updated by Huawei (as of May 27th). If your device no longer appears in the list after an update, it does not necessarily mean that the smartphone will definitely not receive any updates.

In addition, newer devices of the P40 series are not yet listed. The P20 (Pro) is also no longer included in the latest version of the list, but it can be assumed that the P20 and P20 Pro models will continue to receive security updates. Also no longer in the list and the Mate 10 Pro is still supported.


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