Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as U.S. sanctions bite

Friday, 20 Sep, 2019

Launching the Mate 30 series in Munich, Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei Consumer Business Group, put emphasis largely on hardware features such as the cameras and battery, with scant detail about software. Both the Kirin 990 processor cores and the 5G modem chip are laid out with the most efficient process available at the moment - a second generation 7nm EUV lithography, just like the Exynos 9825.

As you may know by now, the USA government considers Huawei a security risk, and it's been front-and-center in the Trump administration's trade war with China.

This came into effect when Huawei was added to the US Department of Commerce's Entity List via executive order, thereby blacklisting the company from deals with US companies.

However, before we go any further there is a major issue that you need to be aware of: due to ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China, the Huawei ban enforced on Google means the Mate 30 series don't have access to the search giant's applications and services. The Mate 30 Pro has a main 40 megapixel shooter, a 40 megapixel ultrawide camera, an 8 megapixel telephoto one, and a depth sensor. And that offer access to smartphone content, to news from all over the world and much more. It is possible enterprising users may be able to load Google's app suite on to the phones, but the lack of out-of-box support could be a dealbreaker for many. The phones haven't leaked as badly as the Pixel 4, but we've known quite a bit about them before the launch. While the phone can shoot 60fps 4K as well as ultra slow-motion at a mind-blowing 7680 fps, it's also 40MP for high-quality photos. Despite lacking a dedicated periscope zoom camera, the company claims that its software extends the 3x optical telephoto zoom digitally, making it comparable or better than other flagship's capabilities in this regard. The smartphone features a 6.53-inch curved OLED display with a screen resolution of 2400×1176.

However, Huawei is also showing off some faster charging from power banks and auto chargers for the Mate 30 Series, up to 40W.

With IP68 water and dust resistance, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is protected from the elements, but it's also a sleek device, with a two gradient finish.

Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as U.S. sanctions bite
Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as U.S. sanctions bite

Huawei also has a luxury Porsche Design model for 2,095 euros. Huawei did not say when the new phones would be shipped in Europe. Huawei's app store doesn't have almost enough to compete.

Huawei has already had fast wireless and wired charging, and that returns with the Mate 30 Series. That option means that some apps may not work properly or run smoothly, say experts.

Holding the launch in Europe underlines the importance of the region's 500 million consumers to Huawei. But with 799 Euros set as the current cost - and no United Kingdom price yet whatsoever, we can't see how Huawei can sell this phone in Europe effectively.

The company has pledged to release the market's most powerful and tech-heavy 5G phone this year (the Mate 30 Pro 5G), with commentators questioning its success without potential Google Android support.

"Huawei has Apple soundly beaten when it comes to form factor design but even these beautiful-looking devices are going to struggle to see any volume without the Google ecosystem", analyst Richard Windsor said in a note before the launch.