Huawei Mate 30 series: Impressive new tricks, no Google apps

MANILA, Philippines – Huawei unveiled their new flagship Mate 30 phones on Thursday, September 19, at an event in Munich, Germany, livestreamed worldwide. 

The phones drew some legitimate applause from the live audience, with the crowd cheering a couple of new features and not just politely clapping, as can sometimes be seen at these flagship launches regardless of brand. 

Here are some of those features:

These were some of the moments that the audience genuinely cheered for. 

Huawei also claimed to have faster and better 5G capabilities than its primary competition at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The announcements also came with the expected set of performance and camera improvements, highlighted by the new Kirin 990 chipset, better close-up shots, and improved low light photography. 

CHOICES. The Mate 30 Pro's colors and material choices are shown at the Mate 30 event, Thursday, September 19. Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube

CHOICES. The Mate 30 Pro's colors and material choices are shown at the Mate 30 event, Thursday, September 19.

Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube

The Mate 30 will retail for 799 euros. The Pro will retail for 1,099 euros, while a 5G version of the Pro will go for 1,199 euros. A high-end version, the RS, will retail for 2,095 euros. 

Huawei also announced the Watch GT 2 smartwatch, and the Vision 4K TV, and presented the FreeBuds 3 true-wireless earphones, originally announced at the IFA 2019 conference in August.

HUAWEI PRODUCTS. Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube

HUAWEI PRODUCTS.

Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube

As for the Google issues? Huawei discussed it briefly at the very end of the one-and-a-half-hour presentation, saying that in lieu of Google Mobile Services, the Mate 30 phones will be using its very own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). 

Currently, there are 45,000 apps operating under HMS, Huawei said. The company mentioned briefly that there are currently one million global developers for HMS, and they are actively supporting the ecosystem to grow it. Some of these initiatives include an incentive program for developers, and a $1-billion investment fund for marketing, development support, and user growth. 

The Mate 30 phones will ship with the EMUI 10 user interface, which is based on Android 10, but as mentioned, will not be shipping with Google apps. Instead, users will use the Huawei App Gallery to download apps. 

The absence of these Google apps was all but expected, but the event announcements made it official. No details yet on Philippine pricing and availability. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.

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