New Huawei Mate Pro comes with four cameras but no Google apps

Huawei Mate

Huawei has unveiled its latest range of smartphones - the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro - but despite using the Android operating system, the phones do not have YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail or Google's Play Store.

This is due to the ongoing US ban which has prevented many companies from providing Huawei with their latest tech and affected its position as the world's second bestselling smartphone brand, behind Samsung.

Instead of the usual apps, Huawei has pre-loaded apps of its own. Huawei has also said that apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram will be avaiable via its own store, the Huawei App Gallery. There will also be a way to "side-load" Google's apps onto the handsets and staff at the Huawei phone store can also help to install Google's apps but the phones may not run as smoothly as normal.

The new phones are being billed as the world's first "second generation" 5G handsets, promising greater power efficiency and thus longer battery life than other models on the market, as well as the potential for faster internet speeds.

Huawei claims they can download data 50 percent faster than the Samsung Note 10+ and 25 times faster than the fastest 4G phones (depending on the network providing strong enough signal).

The Huawei Mate Pro also comes with four cameras. These include:

  • a 40 megapixel (MP) "super-sensing" camera with a larger-than-normal sensor for a handset, which lets more light be captured and thus benefits low-light photography
  • an 8MP camera with a 3x optical zoom, which means users can close in on a subject without compromising resolution
  • a 40MP "cine camera", which is dedicated to video use. It has a wider-ratio sensor than the others, to match the widescreen format videos are normally watched in. The firm also claims that the sensor provides the best low-light video sensitivity and slowest slow-motion effect of any handset, delivering up to 7,680 frames per second
  • a 3D depth-sensing camera, which provides data that can be used to apply a more realistic blur-effect to still photos and video backgrounds, helping subjects stand out

The smaller standard model features the same "super-sensing" camera, as well as a 16MP wide-angle version and an 8MP telephoto component for portraits.

At the launch even in Munich, Germany, Huawei's consumer devices chief, Richard you said "Today you know because of the US ban, this phone cannot pre-install the GMS [Google Mobile Services] core. It forced us to use the HMS [Huawei Mobile Services] core."

"The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone. Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering an unrivalled user experience. The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the HUAWEI Mate 30 series is the ultimate expression of what's possible."

Yu also mentioned that the Chinese firm had set aside $1 billion (£801 million) to encourage developers to make their apps compatible and that  more than 45,000 apps were already integrated.

"The hardware is very impressive and differentiating [and] caters to Huawei's strengths. But it's not enough to offset the lack of Google services aside from a few die-hard [customers] who have the patience to side-load and tolerate possible issues. Maybe they're just trying to ride it out in the hope that they eventually get access to those Google services later," Yu added.

Huawei Mate

Huawei Mate

Huawei Mate

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