The Huawei Mate 30 Pro might not be sold in Europe

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro might not be sold in Europe
The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro announcement is happening this Thursday in Munich, Germany. A release is expected to follow soon after but a new report by LetsGoDigital suggests the launch could go largely unnoticed across most of 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.

One insider claims the Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 Lite, and Mate 30 Porsche Design won’t be available to purchase in the markets Huawei groups under ‘Central Europe.’ This region is typically where most of Huawei’s European sales take place and includes the likes of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the UK. According to the source, Huawei believes few customers will buy its €1,000 smartphones without access to Google’s apps and is fully aware of the impact it’ll have, hence the lack of launch plans. 

The Mate 30 Pro will offer some of the best hardware

The 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. 

The newly announced Kirin 990 5G will power the Mate 30 Pro and should be accompanied by a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. However, variants with up to 512GB of storage are to be expected. In all cases, the latter will be expandable via the nanoSD card format rather than the universally accepted microSD card. Lastly, a 4,500mAh battery is expected to be part of the package. This should support 40W SuperCharge fast charging and 27W SuperWirelessCharge. Another feature reportedly present is an in-display fingerprint scanner.

What this all means for Huawei moving forward

As 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.

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Mate 30 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1176 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990, Octa-core, 2860 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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27 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

That is not true. Huawei is advertising the Mate 30 Pro heavily in Barcelona, where they are going to open a mega store. Check your sources.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Central Europe might not include spain

15. Mikele

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Is Spain Eastern or a Southern Europe?

26. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

What I mean is this phone will be sold throughout Europe. It was presented in Munich for a reason. Not to show it and don't sell it there. PhoneArena is always bashing other manufacturers that are not Apple. And that's a fact.

27. ryugathewolf87

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 07, 2018

Big disgrace, neither he knows where is Spain.

19. pimmelpeter

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2019

yes it does

2. Charlie2k

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Apple knew they was getting crushed by the competition and asked the US government for help. Double bad for the public.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The US will get their karma. That notwithstanding, the Mate 30 Pro will blow everything out the water.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

How old are you 12. They have every right not to want the Chinese government being able to having a back door into our interest

11. jiangqiushi

Posts: 25; Member since: May 28, 2019

@Phullofphil, so you acknowledge this is a political game......same can be said by any governments in the world.

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Have you read any tweets from that illustrious US president? He sounds much younger than 12.

4. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Huawei was not a threat for apple due to it’s ultra premium customer reach. It was more of a threat for android OEMs, most certainly google and it’s pixels. So you better consider Google as the villain here. Their ceo; was seen trying to please Trmp by saying things like he was supporting him in elections and will do so next time. Google wasn’t earning anything from Huawei by providing a free OS to them so it was doing more harm than benefit. Try to think in the right direction. Sometimes the criminal is the one you least suspect.

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

The threat is heawui and being a government run company with dangerous security

12. jiangqiushi

Posts: 25; Member since: May 28, 2019

any evidence? I only see a lot of evidences from Snowden that the us government is the one with dangerous security.

16. Mikele

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Same here

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That is the dumbest s**t I heard in a while. Apple has nothing to do with it. Weirdo

5. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

I wonder if Huawei top management got their iPhone 11 Pro Max pre order in? I imagine the CEO and CFO can’t wait for Friday to come.....lol

6. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

All these sanctions against Huawei have just makes their phones more exotic

14. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

And less likely to sell large numbers ;) Enjoy all those people who said they were going to buy the Mate 30 Pro Good Luck :D

17. Mikele

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Yeah, either on Android or Harmony OS.... Lol

22. pimmelpeter

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2019

thanks I will. Don't see how this would me back. Just root it and install the apps manually.

13. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Too bad it doesn't have Google apps. Oppo and Vivo might just be the next Huawei contender.

21. pimmelpeter

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2019

whatever, then just install GApps

20. pimmelpeter

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2019

What bulls**t article. So they present the phone in Germany, but don't sell it there? Come on use your brains.

23. 44alexsmith

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

No doubt Huawei makes great phones that rival every smartphone OEM to date. The problem is the Chinese government has a long history of hacking U.S. companies, universities etc and stealing intellectual property. So the threat is that if Huawei phones and 5G tech are permitted to proliferate the U. S., the tech could potentially be use as other attack vectors if the Chinese government decides to use Huawei as a pawn. I live in the US and I love Huawei phones. I am currently writing this message on my Huawei P30. However, I totally understand the U.S. government's stance based on past practices of the Chinese PLA Unit 61398. I honestly has some reservations about doing some stuff on my Huawei phone due to past announcements of Chinese hacking in the news. I am sorry Huawei is caught in the middle of this mess. Overtime, Huawei just has to show the world that their technology will never be leverage by the Chinese government for spying purposes and theft of intellectual property. Also, if the international community forbids countries from selling tech to countries like North Korea and Iran, Huawei needs to fall in line. Else, theg risk being in the predicament they find themselves in today with The West. Time will tell if Huawei' s hands are clean because whatever is done in darkness, eventually comes out into the light.

25. jiangqiushi

Posts: 25; Member since: May 28, 2019

Suspecting without evidence and preventing Huawei from selling anything in the US is one thing, but trying to kill Huawei by cutting off supply chain is another, it's a whole new level of dirty game played by the trump administrations to contain China

24. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

How come no android on it? Is this for real?

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