The new Huawei Mate 30 Pro is truly an impressive device, but there is the elephant in the room that we must address first.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not come with Google Android. As GadgetGuy Val Quinn reported from IFA Future Huawei Phones will still run Android (sort of). In simple terms, it runs an Android Open Source Project fork of Android that does not have access to any Google Mobile services, apps, Play Store, security updates, or future versions of Android.
That also means any apps or content you have purchased from Google Play are lost.
The future of Google Android 9 or 10 on the Huawei Mate 30
Pro and later Huawei phones rests solely with US President Donald Trump. We do
not dare venture what or when the outcome may be.
Buyers must realise that their favourite apps – banking, dating, maps, transport etc., will not be on Huawei’s AppGallery (claimed 45K apps) although Huawei is apparently offering developers a part of a US$1 billion pool to port popular apps over and has added a wish-list feature to determine must-have apps. The catch 22 here is that any US developed app cannot appear due to the US Huawei black ban so scratch 90+% of apps in Google Play.
Huawei also says users can use its web browser to access
most services or root its Android handset and sideload Google apps. Good luck in
convincing Joe and Jane Average to do this (and it is not easy either). Rooting
will also stop Huawei from updating the OS and security patches.
Remember what killed the extraordinarily good Nokia Windows
Phone? Lack of apps. We wish Huawei al the best, and at least we have done our
duty in advising you of this issue.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro launch – what we know
First, this is all from a pre-briefing, and we will update
it when we can. The launch is 19.09.19 at 2 PM CEST Munich (that is 10 PM our
time) – you can watch it here
Second, this device is about the camera. Forget that is s a
phone running the Kirin
990 which is one of the most powerful smartphone SoCs in 2019 enabling more
powerful AI and post-processing photography. There will likely be a 4G and 5G
Quad rear camera
Lecia Cine Cam lens
RYYB (red, yellow, yellow, blue) sensor (similar to that used on the P30 Pro)
3X optical, 5X hybrid, 30X digital zoom (no periscope lens like the P30 Pro)
6.7-inch 3120 x 1440, 513ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, DCI-P3 and HDR10
88° curved edge screen OLED and Gorilla Glass 6
Kirin 990 – Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) – note that there are different specifications for the 4G and 5G versions
Mali G76 MP16
8/256GB UFS 3.0
Proprietary NM card up to 256GB using second sim (hybrid) slot and OTG support
BT 5.0 with SBC and aptX HD
USB-C Type 1 ‘SuperCharge 2.0’ 40W fast charger – 70% in 30 minutes
Qi wireless 27W charger
5W Reverse wireless charging
Earpiece and down-firing stereo speaker
No 3.5mm jack
Open Source Android
EMUI 10 (called a Younger/Fashion look)
Huawei mobile app store
Under glass fingerprint sensor and 3D Face ID
And nothing ‘Google’ but a suite of Huawei apps to replace this functionality
Pricing and availability – Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Mate 30 Pro is coming here in Black and Space Silver, but there are no announcements about prices or retailers/carriers yet.
GadgetGuys’s take – Huawei Mate 30 Pro is impressive
This improves on every aspect of the flagship P30 Pro. In some cases, it is refinement, in some much-needed changes, e.g., to the wireless, reverse and USB charging wattages, and in some a quantum leap – the camera looks quite cutting-edge.
A nice feature is no side buttons – replaced by touch-sensitive edges and virtual left and right ‘keys’ for gaming.
We wish Huawei well and hope the US Entity List ban issue resolves