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The Huawei Mate 30 Series Launched Without Google Apps


While most of the talk before the announcement centred on the US ban and the exclusion of Google services, the Chinese manufacturer focused on the power of the new hardware packed into the Huawei Mate 30 series.

Huawei Consumer Group CEO Richard Yu took to the stage at the event in Munich promising that the Mate 30 would be technologically superior with a peerless camera system with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro running on the new Kirin 990 5G processor.

Most powerful phone of 2019?

Huawei-owned company HiSilicon manufactures the Kirin 990 5G processor. The new flagship chip boasts 10.3 billion transistors across an area about the size of a fingernail and includes a GPU, a dedicated neural processing unit and naturally a 5G modem.

Huawei has included a dedicated neural processing unit on its flagships for some time. It allows their handsets to run machine learning processes offline without leeching any power from the CPU.

According to Yu, in tests on the China Mobile Network the Mate 30 Pro was able to hit 1.5Gbi/s download speeds on the 5G network. The Mate 30 Pro is the world’s first, second-generation 5G smartphone featuring 14 antennas for 5G.

Huawei Mate 30 display

The Mate 30 Pro will ship with a 6.5 inch OLED screen that curves over the side of the bezel. Huawei is calling this an 88-degree ultra curve form.

Huawei will have in-screen controls for things like volume on the curve; as well as offering virtual L and R buttons similar to the Asus ROG phone for gaming.

A 4500mAh battery supports the powerful CPU and large screen. The phone will have TÜV Rheinland certified wired, and wireless Huawei SuperCharge technology is enabling 27W and 40W charging.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera is ahead of its time

The Mate 30 Pro camera will feature a four-camera system. The quad-camera setup consists of a 40-megapixel camera, a 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a time of flight sensor similar to that of the P30 pro which helps add depth to images.

The result is that the Mate 30 Pro has inferior optical zoom as compared to the P30 Pro. However, the Mate 30 offers three times optical zoom to the P30 Pro’s 5x optical zoom.

Apple announced slow-motion video for the iPhone 11. Huawei included slow motion video up to a ridiculous 7680 frames per second.

Sadly, no Google apps

While we’ll have wait to see how the new Kirin 990 5G processor stands up to real-life testing. It’s not inconceivable that Huawei could release the most powerful smartphone of 2019.

Sadly despite this, its success will ultimately come down to how the company is able to deal with the lack of Google-licensed apps.

At this point, Hauwei still seems a long way away from convincing us that they are going to be able to ship the Mate 30 Pro with a suite of software to replace the applications that have become the core of the Android experience.

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