Huawei Mate 30 & 30 Pro launched; Comes without the Google Play Store

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has unveiled its most-anticipated Mate 30 flagship devices in Munich on Thursday. The flagships, Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, and Mate 30 Pro 5G all boast powerful hardware and software. But there’s one glaring flaw in the software department.


Coming to the software, Huawei Mate series runs on Android 10 based on EMUI 10 but ships without a single Google app. Yes, no Google apps. But you might think any of the Google apps can be downloaded? Well, it also doesn’t ship with Google Play Store. You have the U.S. trade ban to thank for. The United States Commerce Department prevents Huawei from buying goods/services from companies in the U.S. So it means that Huawei wasn’t allowed to work with Google on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. According to Huawei, it isn’t exactly a roadblock. The Chinese manufacturer has its own App Gallery and Huawei Mobile Services platforms in China; they also plan to expand these services as replacements for the Google services to other countries.

Hardware Specifications

If you can digest that, the phones have amazing specifications that rival the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, and Google. The Mate 30 sports a 6.6 inches OLED display with 2340 x 1080 resolution. It is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 990 processor. It comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB base storage and to keep things ticking, there’s a 4,200mAh battery. The triple camera setup includes a 40MP SuperSensing sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle sensor. It does not have a fourth camera.

The Mate 30 Pro has a 6.7 inches OLED display with Quad-HD+ resolution. It is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 990 processor. It comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB of base storage, with 512GB as an option. There’s a 4,500mAh battery. The quad-camera setup includes a 40MP Cine Camera, another 40MP SuperSensing camera, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 3D depth-sensing camera.

Both the phones support fast wired charging, at 40W, wireless charging at 27W, and reverse wireless charger. The Huawei Mate 30 series sport Cosmic Purple, Space Silver, Emerald Green, and Black color options.


The Huawei Mate 30 is priced at $883 (approximately ₹62,000), the Mate 30 Pro will cost $1,215 (approximately ₹86,000) and the Mate 30 Pro 5G will cost $1315 (approximately ₹94,000). There’s also a Porsche-designed Huawei Mate 30 RS which costs $2,316 (approximately ₹1,65,000), that comes with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage.


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