Huawei, on Thursday, held a press conference in Munich where they announced the release of their new flagship phones, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. However, there is a major problem. These phones will not be coming with any Google apps or services and there is no official way to install them.
This is due to the Trump government banning companies like Google to do any businesses with Huawei, due to spying allegations. This is a big blow to the company as their phones will have a limited market in Europe and the rest of the world.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the successor to the previous Huawei flagship – the Mate 20 Pro and has improved quite a lot. It has a flexible OLED panel which is bent at an 88-degree angle which makes for a beautiful display. The volume controls are now embedded into the software instead of physical buttons. Huawei has also developed a way to ignore palm touches on the display so that there aren’t any accidental touches.
The camera module on the phone is manufactured by Leica and provides excellent image quality. There is fast charging support with reverse charging too. The phone comes in both 4G as well as 5G variants in the Chinese markets. The software running on the phone is a modded version of Android called EMUI. However, there are no Google Services or Apps with the software and there is no way to install them. This means that the phone doesn’t have the Google Play Store to download apps from. Apart from the software, the phone looks good with a quadruple-camera setup and IP68 waterproofing as well as dust resistance.
Huawei Mate 30
Along with the flagship Huawei Mate 30 Pro, the Chinese telecommunications company also released their mid-range Huawei Mate 30. The Huawei Mate 30 retains most of the good features of the Mate 30 Pro but makes some sacrifices to keep the price low. The Mate 30 has a regular display instead of the waterfall display on the Mate 30 Pro. The back of the phone looks identical with a circular camera arrangement. The Mate 30 is also IP68 water-resistant like the Mate 30 Pro.
The camera housing at the back encloses a 16 MP ultra-wide lens, a 40 MP super sensing lens, an 8 MP telephoto lens, as well as a focus-assist laser for quick autofocus. All the cameras are manufactured and designed by the camera manufacturer Leica and offer excellent performance. The front-facing camera is a 24MP camera and is enclosed in a notch.
Both Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30 are phones with features that make them one of the best smartphones released this year, but the software is a letdown. Without Google apps and services, there is a little scope of this phone surviving outside the Chinese markets.