The announcement of Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will take place this Thursday in Munich, Germany. A launch is expected soon after, but a new report suggests that the launch could go unnoticed in most of Europe.
Huawei Mate 30 series may not be available in Europe
Google revealed at the end of August that Huawei Mate 30 Pro could not be shipped with YouTube, Gmail, Play Store or any other Google app due to the US trade ban introduced in May. Huawei confirmed this development days later in an interview and suggested applying it to all devices of the Mate 30 brand, not just the flagship Pro variant.
The important change that makes the premium device useless for many European and international customers based in China due to lack of access to Google services. Solutions are possible, but Huawei is unlikely to be able to announce them legally. For this reason, the company would have made some important changes to its launch plans.
Insider information indicates that Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 Lite and Mate 30 Porsche Design will not be available for purchase in the markets of Huawei groups in “Central Europe”. This region is generally where most of Huawei’s European sales take place and includes the likes of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. According to the source, Huawei believes that few customers will buy their €1,000 smartphones without access to Google apps and is fully aware of the impact it will have, hence the lack of launch plans.
Mate 30 Pro to offer some of the best hardware
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro should debut with a huge 6.8-inch cascade OLED screen combined with thin frames and a wide notch. The latter must include a 32-megapixel camera for selfies, an unspecified trigger and a 3D facial recognition system capable of competing with the alternatives of iPhone 11 and Pixel 4.
To accompany this there will be a completely redesigned rear that includes a huge circular camera module. Reportedly, this houses a 40-megapixel main sensor, a 40-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x zoom support and a dedicated time of flight sensor to enhance bokeh images.
The new Kirin 990 5G will power Mate 30 Pro and must be accompanied by a minimum of 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. However, there are variants with up to 512 GB of storage space. In all cases, this will be extended through the format of the nanoSD card instead of the universally accepted microSD card. Finally, a 4,500 mAh battery should be part of the package. This should support a 40 W SuperCharge fast charge and a 27W SuperWirelessCharge load. Another supposedly present feature is an in-display fingerprint scanner.
What does all this mean for Huawei?
As suggested by previous reports, the inability to pre-install Google apps on smartphones may force Huawei to replace Android with Harmony OS, officially released last month. This means that next year Huawei P40 and P40 Pro could be the first flagship devices of the company to be launched with their own operating system
In addition to this, development is also an important setback for the Huawei smartphone business. The Chinese brand had previously announced its intention to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer for the fourth quarter of 2019 or at the latest the first quarter of 2020. But with the gradual decline in smartphone brand shipments, it is unlikely that this happens in the short term. In fact, the company could eventually finish third behind Apple if the iPhone 11 works better than expected.
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