Huawei will launch the Mate 30 Pro in the UK without Google apps later this month
Huawei announced its Mate 30 series of smartphones at the end of last year. They bring breakthrough improvements and developments such as a waterfall display in the case of the Mate 30 Pro, all of which set the phones apart from a crowd of phones that, for the most part, all look the same. But there is one incredibly big issue with these phones, as well as with all of Huawei’s latest phones: They don’t include Google Mobile Services. This isn’t a deliberate decision by the company, though. Because of U.S. trade sanctions, Google isn’t allowed to enter into new Android licensing agreements with Huawei. That’s why the phone has yet to see a major global release outside of a handful of countries in Asia. But it seems that Huawei will be pulling ahead with a Western launch anyway since the Mate 30 Pro will now be launching in the UK later this month.
British users interested in this device should know that it won’t carry Google apps when it launches in the UK, which might be a deal-breaker for some people more than others. For those who don’t mind the lack of Google apps, you get all the bells and whistles that come with the Chinese version, including the flagship-grade HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor, the award-winning Leica quad rear camera setup, face unlocking, the waterfall “Horizon” display, and much more. The device also comes with Android 10 out of the box with EMUI 10’s skin on top and Huawei’s AppGallery as the app store alternative to Google Play, as well as Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to replace most Google services. Although the phone doesn’t come with Google Mobile Services out-of-the-box, it may still be possible to sideload the applications, albeit in a rather convoluted matter. We won’t go into detail here, but there are tutorials on the net that involve restoring a backup from a Mate 30 Pro that had previously used a (now-shuttered) GMS Installer.
The device will retail for £899 and it will be available exclusively through Carphone Warehouse in the Space Silver variant. Users who buy the device will also receive a Huawei Watch GT 2 and a pair of Huawei FreeBuds 3 free with their purchase. Pre-registrations are opening today, and the device is expected to ship starting on February 20th.
|Specification||Huawei Mate 30 Pro|
|Operating System||EMUI 10
Based on Android 10
2400 x 1176
|Processor||Huawei Kirin 990|
|Expandable Storage||NM Card (up to 256GB)|
|Security||In-screen fingerprint sensor
|Connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz and 5GHz
|Charging||40W Huawei SuperCharge
27W Huawei Wireless SuperCharge
|Dimensions||158.1mm x 73.1mm x 8.8mm|