Huawei had originally announced its new flagship line of smartphones, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, back in September at a big event in Munich, Germany. The chinese technology giant then also communicated pricing for its new top-of-the-line phones (starting at 799.- Euro) but never actually announced a launch date for european markets. This led to rumors among news outlets about the handset being indefinitely delayed – partly also due to the situation with the US-China trade dispute leaving new Huawei phones without preinstalled Google services.
Now it seems we’re getting the Mate 30 sooner than expected: According to our own well-informed sources based in China, Huawei seems to be gearing up to launch the Mate 30 and Mate 30 pro in Europe starting Mid-November, possibly on November 15th.
List of countries to be confirmed yet
A complete list of included countries hasn’t been released yet but according to our contact we can expect «the usual suspects» – meaning countries often involved in the first wave of Huawei launches. Which would mean that the Mate 30 Series will launch mid-November in the following countries: Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland.
Could it even be possible that Huawei‘s own foldable phone, the Mate X, might be launched around the same time? Both models are already available in China’s domestic market and the Mate X especially is overdue in Europe by now, especially seeing that competitor Samsung has already launched its foldable Galaxy Fold a few weeks ago on the old continent.
Shipping on Android 10, but no Google Apps
What else do we know about the Mate 30 Series from Huawei? For one, it is confirmed that the devices will be shipping with Android 10 as OS and a preloaded HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) Suite instead of the more traditional GMS (Google Mobile Services). Which means you’re not getting Google Maps, the Chrome Browser or other Google Apps straight out of the box.
«Techgarage» will be setting up a user’s guide on how to make the best out of a «Google-less» Huawei Mate 30. When we first tested the device in September, we came away very impressed with the phone. However, we found the lack of Google apps rather disturbing.
Pricing of the Huawei Mate 30 (Pro) in Europe
Nothing seems to have changed on the price front, though: So we’re expecting the Huawei Mate 30 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage to cost 799 Euro. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be a bit more expensive, starting at 1099 Euro for 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. If you’re opting for the 5G-variant of that phone, expect to be paying an additional 100 Euro, bringing the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G to a total of 1199 Euro.