The Mate 30 Pro was unveiled back in September at a glitzy event in Munich. But despite all the pomp and pageantry, there was a glaring omission – the handset’s lack of Google apps and services. Huawei is unable to leverage the Google Play Store, Google’s own Android updates, and a bunch of other perks that you’ll find on just about every other Android smartphone on the market right now. The blackout is due to an ongoing US trade ban.
Given how reliant most Android smartphone owners are on their favourite Play Store apps, books, movies – as well as Google-developed apps like Gmail, Google Maps and more, the Chinese tech giant has been somewhat hesitant to roll the flagship out globally. That said, we’ve seen the handset wash up on European shores with limited releases in Spain, Italy and France. Portugal is the latest country to receive the Mate 30 Pro and just like other European nations before it, Huawei is trying to entice customers into buying the Google-less smartphone with a tantalising free gift.
If you pick-up a Mate 30 Pro in Portugal you’ll be treated to a €300 voucher that’ll let you pick up other Huawei goodies like the firm’s FreeBuds 3 wireless headphones and Watch GT 2 for instance. The voucher will be valid for 15 days after a Mate 30 Pro has been purchased.
Anyone in Portugal who is eager to pick up the Mate 30 Pro is required to register on Huawei’s website by January 31. After such time buyers will be asked to pick up the smartphone from either Huawei’s official store or online via Phone House, according to Huawei Central.
The Mate 30 Pro’s expanded rollout will certainly ignite hope the device may soon arrive in the UK. When the Chinese tech giant launched the Mate 30 Pro back in September, it confirmed to Express.co.uk the device would be made available to Britons on all major carriers. It’s just unclear when this could happen.
The Mate 30 Pro’s lack of Google apps and services certainly hamstring a device that’s otherwise sublime in terms of pure hardware. The Chinese handset comes with a beautiful 6.5-inch display that totes a waterfall style design that elegantly melds into the phone’s aluminium chassis. Essentially, the Mate 30 Pro’s screen is more curvaceous than the likes of the Galaxy S10, making it look more futuristic and striking.
At the top of the Mate 30 Pro’s display, you’ll find a selfie camera and an array of facial scanning technologies that are used to provide secure 3D unlocking. The new system also has a few nifty tricks up its sleeve, such as the ability to detect if someone is peering over your shoulder and block certain app content accordingly until any prying eyes have distanced themselves.
Of course, Huawei has also fitted the Mate 30 Pro with a souped-up camera system that’s comprised of a 40-megapixel primary, 40-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 8-megapixel telephoto and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. In addition to taking stellar photos, the Mate 30 Pro is also capable of recording slow-motion video at a ridiculous 7680-frames-per-second.
Express.co.uk had the chance to go hands-on with the Mate 30 Pro following its reveal, you can find our full thoughts here.
Although the Mate 30 Pro still hasn’t released in many Western markets, it’s not going to be long before Huawei unveils its next flagship – the P40 Pro.
Last month Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu told French media the firm’s new P40 series would be unveiled at an event in Paris towards the end of March. Yu also confirmed the handset would arrive running Android 10 with Huawei’s EMUI skin on top.
Early P40 Pro rumours have suggested the handset could sport a new rectangular camera system and tote a whopping 10x optical zoom. You can read about the latest P40 Pro leaks here.