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    Huawei Mate 30 Series – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    Huawei has been making its mark in the major league industry since its inception. It has given a tough competition to any brand whether it be a flagship or a mid-range device. With the success of the Huawei P30 series in the first quarter of 2019, everyone was looking forward to the launch of the Mate 30 series. But later the U.S. government added Huawei to trade blacklist which has made things difficult for the company now. But Huawei has been making its own changes for a while now. They announced their own HarmonyOS that is faster than Google’s Fuchsia. And with the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 launch in September, there’s a lot of stuff to talk about. Let’s get to it. 

    The Blacklisting

    Putting it simply, the Chinese manufacturer has been suspected by the American Government for leaking information. The U.S. government was worried that Huawei devices are not safe for their country and can leak information to the Chinese government, putting a threat to national security. Hence on the 15th of May 2019, the Trump Administration via executive orders added Huawei to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List. This meant that now Huawei cannot perform business with any U.S. based companies. Since Google is a U.S. based company and Huawei gets its Operating system authorized by them, now they can’t use it as they have been blacklisted.

     

    Huawei smartphones won’t be able to get Google Play Services

    Later on the 29th of June 2019, a partial ban was uplifted by Trump. This means that the company can continue to purchase equipment which will not concern national security. But this does not ensure that the company will be able to use Google’s Android to power its devices. The Commercial Department stated that those companies who want to deal with Huawei can continue with it as long as it does not involve risk to national security. Later the department received 130 license applications to sell goods and services to Huawei, which were all denied. With Huawei occupying a vast portion of users in the US, this is a lose-lose situation that Trump created. 

    Bubye Google?

    The chinese company has proclaimed to launch its Huawei Mate 30 series on the 19th of September 2019 in Munich, Germany. The company has not got a green flag to use Google Play services. This means that the device will come with an open-source Android-based system which won’t violet U.S. decisions, but the devices will not be licensed to use Google Play services, like Google Play, Google Maps, and all other Google Apps which actually complete an Android smartphone. People on the internet talking about Huawei launching its Harmony OS with the upcoming flagship but Vincent Pang, Senior VP, and Board of Directors at Huawei made a statement that went like, “Our new phones will still be based on Android…We want to maintain one standard, one ecosystem, one technology.”

    Let’s Talk Specs

    One salutary thing is that Huawei develops its own chipsets. It uses Hi-Silicon Kirin chipset SOC under the hood for their devices. This time Huawei Mate 30 series will be powered by Kirin 990 chipset which will be launched on the 6th of September. The device will be having a quad-camera setup with Leica optics and along with a notch which will house the selfie camera and hardware for Face unlock.

    Given Below is the leaked specifications of Huawei Mate 30 Pro

    ProcessorHi-Silicon Kirin Octa-Core Processor 990
    Display6.71″ Quad HD+ Display with a notch and 90Hz refresh rate
    CameraQuadruple Leica rear camera
    Super wide-angle, Telephoto lens and 3D ToF, 5X optical zoom and 50X digital zoom
    Battery 4000mAh Battery with fast charging at 55W and wireless charging at 25W
    Fingerprint scanner and IP ratingFingerprint sensor under the screen with IP68 rating
    Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie with EMUI 10(no pre-installed Google apps)
    Storage Variants6/128GB or 8/256GB RAM/ROM, with support for storage expansion

    Bottomline

    It is and will be feared that a device without Google Play Services will be purchased by someone. So, we have to wait and watch what will be the result after the launch, will U.S. Government lift the ban before the device is launched or the device will be launched with a risk factor included. Huawei has been a killer with their flagships, but before going on a hunt for other smartphones, Mate 30 smartphones have to survive. With plenty of questions and doubts in the Huawei aficionados’ brains, we just pondered over a few, and hope to have answered some. For more tech news, subscribe to Tech Includes and follow us on our social media channels to stay in touch.

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