Friday, September 20, 2019


Huawei, after Samsung the largest manufacturer of smart phones, introduced the next versions of their phones in Munich, however, with a large question mark.  Because the company has been blacklisted by the US government for the unsupported claim that the company’s products could be used for spy operations by the Chinese government, the new phones had to be introduced without any support from Google, meaning no pre-installed Google apps and no Google Play store. Huawei has promised to pump $1 billion into its own app ecosystem called Huawei Mobile Services, which already boasts over 45,000 apps.

However, the company hopes that the four Leica lenses will at least convince some potential customers in Europe to give them a try.  The fact that the prices for the phones were given only in euros seems to indicate that units will be introduced only in Europe (and, of course, China).

The less expensive Mate 30 features a main camera with 40MP and a f/1.8 aperture, a 16MP ultra-wide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a stabilized telephoto camera with 8MP resolution and an f/2.4 aperture, and a laser sensor for focusing. The top model Mate 30 Pro increases the aperture of the main camera to f/1.6, changes the unstabilized 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide cam for a stabilized 40MP ultra-wide with f/1.8 aperture, and changes the laser sensor for a 3D depth sensing sensor.

Huawei claims that the two cameras offer low light capabilities far beyond that of any of their competitors.  Add to that a maximum sensitivity of ISO 409600 and super slow motion of 7680fps at 720p and 960fps slow motion at FullHD 1080p. Additional features include 12-hour long 4K timelapses, real-time bokeh effects with video, and regular old 4K/60p as well.

Finally, the Mate 30 will offer 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for €800 while the Mate 30 Pro will start at €1,100 for 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 4G, or €1,200 for the same model with 5G.

Huawei consumer electronics boss Richard Yu said the Mate-30 smartphones outperform Apple or Samsung rivals in a number of areas, such as the speed of 5G data service or battery performance. The Mate 30 offers, according to Huawei a 4200 mAh battery, the Mate 30 Pro offers 4500 mAh.

A night image of a mountain landscape was demonstrated to show the low light capabilities of the cameras.  In comparison, the same scene taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was simply a black square.

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