Huawei still awaiting on greenlight to resume usage of Google Play services

Last week, a surprise announcement made by US President Donald Trump revealed that Huawei would once again be allowed to do business with US companies. This is great news for Huawei as it means that the future of their consumer products should be back to normal, but it looks like we might not be quite there yet.
According to a report from Reuters, it looks like Huawei is still awaiting on the greenlight from the US Department of Commerce on whether or not they can resume their usage of Google Play services, which is a critical part of Android. According to Tim Danks, Huawei vice president of risk management and partner relationsL
“We acknowledge President Trump’s comments related to Huawei over the weekend and will wait for guidance from the Department of Commerce but have nothing further to add at this time.”
For those unfamiliar, the ban that was placed on Huawei effectively cut them off from doing business with Google, which in turn meant that the company could no longer license Google Play services. Now that Huawei can do business with US companies again, Google included, in theory, it should mean that they should have no issues with accessing Google Play moving forwards.
At the same time, we should note that Huawei isn’t completely off the hook yet. This is because the company is still technically on the US Entity List. The only difference is that US companies will now have an easier time applying for permission to work with Huawei, but only in matters that do not involve products that could affect national security.
Source: Reuters

Alleged Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak reveals new camera cutout

Huawei is expected to launch the Mate 30 handsets later this year and now thanks to a leaked photo shared on Slashleaks, we have an idea of what to expect in terms of its camera design where it looks like Huawei could be adopting a circular cutout for its cameras.
This is somewhat significant because if you remember, Huawei was one of the first companies to adopt a square camera module on the back of their phones, like with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, so it is interesting to see them depart from such a design in favor of a circular cutout.

It is possible that Huawei might be trying to set themselves apart from both Apple and Google, both of whom are tipped to also sport square camera modules on the back. At this point in time, it is unclear what kind of cameras we might be able to expect from the Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, the rumors are claiming that the Mate 30 Pro could come with a 6.7-inch 90Hz display. It is also rumored to be powered by Huawei’s Kirin 985 chipset and also sport the HiSilicon Balong 5000 modem, meaning that the handset will support 5G connectivity.
Recently, a surprising reversal by US President Donald Trump has allowed Huawei to once again do business with US companies. Huawei will still remain on te US government’s Entity List, but the reversal means that it will be easier for US companies to apply for permission to do business with Huawei and vice versa.
Source: PhoneArena

DEAL: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now enjoying a 23% discount

Launched in 2018, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was one of the most-talked-about smartphones ever. This was namely due to the fact that it came with a pretty impressive camera system that gave more established companies, such as Samsung, a run for their money. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the cheapest phone either, at least until now.
For those who are interested in owning the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the handset’s price has been cut to an all-time low of $689. Given that the handset was launched with a price of $899, this means that you’ll be saving yourself about $200 for what was an excellently-reviewed handset.
We should point out that the model offered is the international variant of the phone in emerald green with 128GB of storage. This means that the phone does not have warranty in the US, and that it is only compatible with GSM networks, so those of you on Sprint or Verizon will be out of luck, but if you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, you should not have any issues using it. So if you’d like to get your hands on the phone at a bargain price, head on over to Amazon’s website.
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The Huawei P30 Pro’s cameras put the iPhone and Galaxy S10+ to shame

For the past few years, Huawei has been working hard to make sure its flagship devices remain competitive with Samsung and Apple. The design, performance and camera capabilities of Huawei’s Mate and P-series smartphones did the job, but last year Huawei kicked things into overdrive with the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.
At yesterday’s unveiling of the new Huawei P30 series, the company showed no sign of slowing down, especially on the camera front. While the P30’s cameras offer a huge step up over last year’s P20, the P30 Pro is the device to get if you’re looking for the ultimate camera experience on a smartphone. Huawei even boasted that the new device will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography.” 
Right out of the gate, the Huawei P30 Pro beats the competition simply with the number of camera sensors its features on the back of the phone. Huawei has crammed in a total of four sensors, one of which features a periscope-style 5X telephoto lens. The main camera is equipped with a 40MP sensor with an incredible f/1.6 lens. A second 20MP sensor is then paired with a 16mm ultra-wide lens and the third 8MP sensor sports a 125mm 55 telephoto, f/3.4 periscope lens.  The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images which Huawei claims can accurately map a subject’s hair so that it doesn’t blur into the background. 
While that may seem like a lot, Huawei also decided to change the sensor technology as well. Rather than opting for the traditional RGGB sub- Pixel array that nearly all camera sensors use, the Huawei P30 camera sensors use an RYYB sub-pixel layout. The reason for the change is that this configuration allows each pixel to capture 40% more light. On top of that, the sensor on the P30 Pro is also capable of ISO 409,600, allowing the phone to capture images with as little as 1 LUX of light.
Rather than simply giving us the specs and calling it a day, Huawei decided to show off what the cameras on the Huawei P30 Pro are capable of.

Huawei started their comparison with images captured in a dark room with a mother and daughter. The images from the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Apple iPhone Xs Max turned out dark as you’d expect, but thanks to the new sensors and the ISO capabilities of the P30 Pro, Huawei’s phone delivers an image which looks like it was captured during the day.

Huawei even showed off images of the night sky over Africa. The images captured by the Apple and Samsung phones were completely black, but the one from the Huawei P30 Pro highlighted a tree, the hills in the background, the gradient sky and quite a few stars. This example was skewed a bit in Huawei’s favor since the shutter time was 0.85 seconds on its device versus 0.25 on the other two phones.

In true Huawei fashion, the comparisons then shifted dramatically in the company favor with shots like these which showed a 1/4-second exposure from the iPhone, a 10-second exposure from the Galaxy S10+ and 30-second exposures from the P30 and P30 Pro.
At this point, Huawei’s CEO took a jab at Samsung, noting that “the Galaxy phone cannot see the galaxy. But with the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, you can see the galaxy.”

Huawei then shifted its focus to the 5X telephoto lens of the phone, showing side-by-side comparisons with its main competitors. This image here is from a sight chart which was photographed from across the room. When zoomed in, the image from the Huawei P30 Pro is the only one that retains enough details to reveal the small letters on the chart.

Driving the point home, Huawei then highlighted an image of the moon. The iPhone came in dead last, simply showing a white blob in the sky. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ fared better, revealing a lot more detail than the iPhone, but Huawei’s device (which is capable of 50X digital zoom) delivered an astounding image incredible detail.
While on-stage comparisons like these are never truly fair, it’s clear that the new sensors that Huawei is using in the P30 and P30 Pro have a leg up on the competition.

Huawei’s next innovation is a pair of smart glasses

Many years ago, Google attempted to take on the wearable space with Google Glass. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite take, although it seems that Google Glass might have actually found a second lease on life in the enterprise sector. Now it seems that Huawei wants to pick up where Google left off with their own pair of smart glasses.
Following the announcement of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, the Chinese company took the wraps off a pair of smart glasses. We’re not sure what these glasses will be called, but they were made in collaboration with Korean eyewear company Gentle Monster. The glasses themselves look pretty plain and simple, but that’s kind of the point.
One of the problems with Google Glass is that it was too “out there”, and the fact that it had a built-in camera raised some privacy concerns. These are things that Huawei and Gentle Monster have done away with, where the glasses look normal, lacks a camera, but still manages to pack smart features like the ability to answer a call by tapping on the frame of the glasses.
There will also be built-in speakers and a microphone, and it can also charge wirelessly, such as putting it on top of Huawei’s phones. It is unclear as to what other features there might be, but the company will be sharing more information this coming July where the smart glasses will be launched in full, so check back with us then for more updates.

The future is now! Together with Gentle Monster we have joined forces to take your wearable intelligence to the next level with #HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER EYEWEAR.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) March 26, 2019

Source: Huawei

Huawei P30 Pro trolled by Xiaomi after it poked fun at Apple

Never ones to miss a marketing opportunity, both Huawei and Xiaomi are having fun on social media to promote its own products at the expense of the other. It all started when Huawei responded to Apple’s event yesterday in preparation for its Huawei P30 Pro launch today and is now getting a taste of its own medicine as Xiaomi respond.
Following Apple’s event yesterday where the company announced a bunch of new services, including the new Apple Credit Card and News+ subscription, Huawei used the opportunity to bring focus on its upcoming event. The company sent the below tweet thanking Apple for its pre-show, but the Huawei P30 Pro launch would be the main event.

Thanks for the warm up, now on to the main event… #RewriteTheRules #HuaweiP30#AppleEvent
— Huawei Mobile IE (@HuaweiMobileIE) March 25, 2019

As the saying goes, if you can’t take it, don’t dish it, as Xiaomi is now poking fun at the Huawei P30 Pro.

— Xiaomi UK (@XiaomiUK) March 26, 2019

While it’s like comparing apples and oranges since the P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 7nm 980, while Xiaomi uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 for its flagships, you can’t knock the effort.
The Huawei P30 Pro was launched today with a heavy focus on the camera setup and 5x optical zoom capabilities. Be sure to read our comparison on how it stacks up against the competition.

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro unveiled: usher in a new era of smartphone photography

At a launch event in Paris, Huawei officially pulled back the curtain to unveil the new Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, two new flagship devices which are poised to give Huawei an even stronger foothold in the smartphone space. While the devices share the same basic design and most internal components, the Huawei P30 Pro packs in a larger display, battery and camera technologies which make it a more appealing option for those who want the best of the best.

We’ll start things off with the design of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Both phones feature glass on the front and back with a metal frame sandwiched between them. Rather than cutting out a hole in their OLED displays, the P30 and the P30 Pro both feature centered notches which only measure 6.6mm across, making them smaller than most smartphone notches we’ve seen to date. Huawei has also eliminated the speaker at the top of the phone, replacing it with new acoustic display technology which allows the display to vibrate to create sound just like LG has done with the new G8.
Unlike last year’s P20, the new P30 smartphones don’t feature a fingerprint sensor on the back. Like the Huawei Mate 20 devices, the new P30 handsets features an in-display fingerprint sensor, but the technology is actually 30% faster than the sensor Huawei used previously.
Externally, the distinguishing feature which sets these two smartphones apart is the size of their displays. The Huawei P30 comes with a 6.1-inch (2304 x 1080) OLED panel with support for HDR while the P30 Pro has a 6.4-inch curved OLED panel with the same resolution and feature set.
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On the inside, there are a few features which distinguish the P30 from the P30 Pro. Both phones are powered by the new Kirin 980 SoC, but the base model only comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the P30 Pro will have 8GB of RAM and storage options which range from 128GB all the way up to 512GB. While that may not be as much RAM as what you can get from the top-tier Samsung Galaxy S10 or OnePlus devices, Huawei has optimized the software o nits phones to allow for instant app launching for the 15 apps that you use the most.
Huawei is also including dual SIM support with its new NM card for expandable storage. This new card format made its debut last year alongside the Mate 20 Pro, but it’s still quite hard to find retailers which sell it.
On the power side, the smaller P30 is equipped with a 3,650 mAh battery while the larger P30 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh cell. The devices ship with a 40W charger in the box and also support 15W fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Rule-breaking photography
Huawei claims that the new P30 and P30 Pro will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography” with their new camera systems. Rather than use the same sensors all the other smartphone manufacturers are using, the company has switched to a new RYYB sensor which provides 40% more light intake than the traditional RGGB Pixel layout. Huawei is also shattering the previous ISO record that it set with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, allowing the P30 and P30 Pro to reach 204,800 and 409,600 ISO respectively.
These two features combined allow the phones to capture images with as little as 1 lux of light when most other smartphones can barely manage to capture an image at 5 lux. This means you can capture images of the starts and even the Milky Way with a 1-second exposure. or in a dark room with no lights on without using a flash.

The Huawei P30 is equipped with three camera sensors on the back: a 40MP main sensor which is paired with a 27mm, f/1.8 lens, an 8MP sensor with an 80mm telephoto (3x), f/2.4 lens and a third camera which is comprised of a 16MP sensor and 17mm ultrawide, f/2.2 lens. Up front, the P30 is equipped with a 32MP camera.
The P30 Pro has an upgraded quad-camera system. The main 40MP sensor is the same as that on the P30, but the lens is upgraded to f/1.6 to allow more light to be captured. The ultrawide lens is a little wider at 16mm and the sensor captures 20MP images and the telephoto camera features a periscope system which is made up of an 8MP sensor and 125mm (5X), f3.4 lens).  With the 5x zoom and the combination of the new sensor features, you can even zoom into the moon and capture incredible images which show off incredible details of the moon’s surface, something that’s impossible to do on any other smartphone. The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images, but the sensor can also be used to calculate the volume of objects and even comes with AR Core integration. The front-facing camera on the P30 Pro is the same as what you get on the regular P30.

On both phones, the main and telephoto sensors are equipped with AI-assisted OIS which will allow users to capture hand-held long exposure shots during the day or at night. Huawei is also leveraging the AI capabilities of its Kirin processor to improve image processing with its new AI HDR+ mode which delivers better exposure and color reproduction, even allowing you to capture images of subjects which are backlit by the sun. Huawei has made sure that the features is available on all the cameras on the two phones so that the images look as good as possible no matter which sensor you are using.
Pricing and availability
While Huawei P-series devices typically sold for a bit less than competing devices, the company appear to be bumping up the sticker price this year. The Huawei P30 will sell for 799 Euro (6GB RAM, 128GB storage) while the P30 Pro will start at 999 Euro with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The good news is that pre-orders for both devices have already started from Huawei, third-party retailers and service providers across Europe and Asia.
As expected, Huawei has not made any official announcement regarding availability of the two smartphones in the US, but you should be able to purchase them from third-party importers or even Amazon if you’re looking to use them on this side of the pond.

Here’s where to watch the Huawei P30 launch livestream

Huawei is hosting an event in Paris today to announce the new P30 series of flagships. The devices have been the focus of many leaks, one even coming from Huawei itself. Current rumors say that the P30 and P30 Pro will use Samsung-sourced 6.1-inch and 6.47-inch 1080p displays respectively along with a Kirin 980 processor, 6-8GB of RAM, and 128GB of base storage with more available for the P30 Pro.
The focus of these devices will be on the Leica camera setup, with both sharing a 40MP main sensor (with the Pro getting OIS). The P30 should get a 16MP wide angle camera and 8MP zoom camera with 5x hybrid zoom (this is likely the Mate 20 Pro’s 3x zoom lens). The P30 Pro steps up to a 20MP wide angle camera, 8MP zoom lens with 10x hybrid zoom, and a Time-of-Flight sensor.
We’ve also seen how the devices reportedly look, ruining most of the surprise of the official announcement. Nonetheless we hope Huawei has something in store for us, like potentially announcing a 10x hybrid zoom system. The Paris event begins at 9 AM Eastern or 6 AM Pacific and will be livestreamed to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Hit those links to be taken to the livestream shortly before it begins ad watch with us to see the P30 be released!

Huawei sues U.S. government, claiming equipment and services ban is unconstitutional

In the never-ending Huawei saga, the Chinese company has decided to file a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against the U.S. government for the latter’s ban on the sale of equipment or services to government entities. Huawei asserts that said ban is unconstitutional.
The suit itself is in regards to Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which, among other things, mandates that the U.S. government cannot use federal/grant funds or loans to purchase or otherwise obtain “covered telecommunications equipment or services.” Huawei is included in that. Read MoreHuawei sues U.S. government, claiming equipment and services ban is unconstitutional was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung fires back at Huawei, claims the Galaxy Fold’s design is better than the Mate X

Right now in the battle of the foldable phones, it’s pretty much a fight between Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, but last month in a report from Business Insider, Huawei took their first shot at Samsung by claiming that the Galaxy Fold’s design was “not good”.
Huawei told the publication that they had several prototypes in the works, one of which had a similar design to the Galaxy Fold. They found that such a design resulted in a phone that is too heavy and that they had to kill it off because it was “not good”. If you thought that Samsung would let that comment slide, they haven’t and have since responded in kind defending the design of the Galaxy Fold.
Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Samsung’s executive VP in charge of R&D, Eui-suk Chang, said that a design like the Mate X would make it more prone to damage due to the fact that the display is on the outside (and also because it uses a plastic screen).
“If you go with an outfold, you can close the device fully, but then the display is on the outside, which means it’s susceptible to all kinds of user errors. You might touch it by mistake or call someone by mistake. And if you drop it, the display is more susceptible to damage.”
That being said, it might still be too early to tell which design is the best as foldable phones are still brand new. Bryan Ma, vice president of devices research at IDC, believes that now is actually the perfect time for experimentation, where he feels that most of the designs probably won’t end up being successes, but they will still provide valuable lessons for companies as a result.
Source: Australian Financial Review (paywall; via MSPowerUser)