The Huawei Mate 30 Pro might not be sold in Europe
Huawei's Mate 30 series might not be available in Europe
Google revealed in late August that Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro wouldn’t be able to ship with YouTube, Gmail, Play Store, or any other Google apps for that matter due to the US trade ban that was introduced in May. Huawei confirmed this development days later in an interview and suggested it applied to all Mate 30-branded devices, not just the flagship Pro variant.
The rather important change renders the premium device useless to many European and international customers based out of China due to the lack of access to Google’s services. Workarounds are possible, but it’s unlikely Huawei will be able to legally advertise them. Because of this, the company has reportedly made some important adjustments to its launch plans.
The Mate 30 Pro will offer some of the best hardwareThe Huawei Mate 30 Pro is expected to debut with a huge 6.8-inch waterfall OLED display paired with slim bezels and a wide notch. The latter should include a 32-megapixel selfie camera, an unspecified wide-angle shooter, and a 3D facial recognition system that’ll rival the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 alternatives.
Accompanying all of this will be a completely redesigned rear which includes a huge circular camera module. This reportedly houses a 40-megapixel main sensor, a 40-megapixel cine camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with support for 3x zoom, and a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor for improved bokeh imagery.
What this all means for Huawei moving forwardAs previous reports have suggested, the inability to pre-install Google apps on smartphones may force Huawei to replace Android with Harmony OS that was officially unveiled last month. This means next year’s Huawei P40 and P40 Pro could be the company’s first flagships devices to launch with its own operating system
Aside from this, the development also represents a major setback for Huawei’s smartphone business. The Chinese brand had previously announced plans to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer by the fourth quarter of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020 at the latest. But with the brand’s smartphone shipments gradually declining, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. In fact, the company could eventually drop down into third place behind Apple if the iPhone 11 performs better than expected.