Recently, there have been reports that Huawei’s upcoming flagship will be called Huawei P20 instead of P11 after Alpha Telecom’s CEO Rami Hazan reportedly claimed the existence of the P20 series during one of last year’s Mate 10 launch event.
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However, a quick dip into some of the countries Intellectual Property Offices may seem to suggest otherwise. For the past few years, Huawei has been consistently filing the trademark rights of their new smartphones a couple of years ahead of their official announcement as seen in the cases of the P9 and P10. Right now, the P11 moniker had also been registered in the IPO of the company’s major markets including US, UK, Taiwan and Hong Kong to name a few. This is definitely a good hint that the Chinese company may be preparing to use the P11 moniker in its latest flagship.
While its true that the P20 moniker had been registered in the US IPO last year, but the US seems to be the only country where the Chinese company had registered for the trademark which raises a red flag on the possibility that the upcoming P10 successor to carry the P20 moniker. Think about that, if Huawei had planned to use the P20 moniker in their new flagship – then it would make perfect sense for them to trademark the P20 instead of the P11 moniker.