Huawei is a famous mobile phone manufacturer in China. The company became well-known worldwide in 2018 after its P20 Pro was released. Storming the mobile industry with a device that combines premium designs and great cameras all in one. Overtaking other China brands such as Xiaomi and Oppo and rising as the third most famous brand in Singapore second only to Apple and Samsung.
Huawei offers a plethora of phone models that consumers can purchase at different price points. They cover all types of needs from premium expensive phones to budget-friendly phones. The most famous models within Huawei’s pocket is the Huawei MediaPad, Huawei Enjoy, Huawei Mate, Huawei P, Huawei Y, and Huawei Nova series.
Huawei MediaPad is Huawei’s take to venture into the realm of tablets to compete with iPads and Samsung Tabs. Meanwhile, the Enjoy, Y, and Nova series are mobile phones that Huawei manufactured which are aimed to cover consumers who want to purchase a budget device at a lower price point that works well. Moreover, the P-series and the Mate-series are Huawei’s most expensive lineup and most powerful flagships with higher purchase prices.
Due to a recent US ban trade, newer Huawei devices – any devices after Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, will no longer support Google Apps such as Youtube, Google Maps, and also the updates also made unavailable. This was a heavy blow as Huawei lost many potential customers who wanted to purchase their devices before.
Despite the isolation, Huawei is still holding on. The company introduced its own App store – known as the “APP GALLERY” – which is aimed to replace the Google Play Store. Although, the number of apps available on the App Gallery is incomparable to that of Google’s Play store. This is due to a lack of developers actually uploading their apps to the gallery. However, the App Gallery is constantly updating and upgrading.
The lack of Google services will be a big hole for Huawei to fill to make its consumer continue to buy its Huawei mobile phone. The App Gallery may seem like an alternative but the amount of Apps on there is significantly low. Consumers are unconsciously made to be dependent on Google’s services and it will be hard to convince these users to buy it’s new and upcoming phones.
Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro ( launched March 2020 ) is Huawei’s latest most powerful flagship. As with all its P-series predecessor, the P40 and P40 Pro is equipped with significant latest camera power.
The latest P40 houses a flat, 6.1-inch Full HD display on the front. The selfie camera is a dual-camera setup that sits at the top left of the screen. The back of the P40 is made of glass that gives out a ceramic touch feeling. The phone has a unique touch to it when holding in your hand as not many flagships opt for a ceramic design. You also get a triple-camera setup on the back. The rear camera array houses a 50MP wide shooter, an 8MP telephoto sensor that is currently best in the market, and a 16MP ultra-wide shooter. Huawei has always used an RYYB sensor on their devices and its the same RYYB sensor for the P40 but the sensor size is bigger – even bigger than that on the S20 Ultra. The camera also uses the Pixel Binning technology in their post-processing algorithm which enables the P40 to produce great images that rivals that of other flagships. The P40 runs on Android 10, but without Google services. If you are super dependent on Google’s services such as GMAIL, YouTube, Google Maps, and so on, you will find this phone difficult to buy. Otherwise, Huawei does have its own App Gallery to replace the Google Play Store but not every app will be available on the App Gallery. The P40 carries a 3800mAh battery which is used to power the Kirin 990 5G running.
Meanwhile, the new P40 Pro is known as the “Best looking phones” by Huawei. It has a 6.58-inch QHD display which features what Huawei calls “Quad-curve Overflow Display” which literally means curve glass is used on the four sides. This design gives the P40 Pro a unique look but the display is curved only on the left and right side. You will find a thin bezel on the top and bottom of the screen. Besides a bigger screen, P40 Pro also features a smoother screen refresh at 90Hz compared to its sibling – the P40. The camera array on the back of the P40 Pro is a huge bump. It consists of a 50MP wide shooter, a whopping 40MP ultrawide shooter, and a 12MP telephoto lens that supports 5X optical zoom that equates to about digital 50X zoom. There’s also a TOF ( Time Of Flight ) camera installed alongside the camera array. The selfie camera is using a 32MP single wide shooter coupled with an IR depth sensor that’s used mostly for face unlocking and shooting in portrait mode. Similar to the P40, P40 Pro also runs on Android 10 and without Google’s services – that means no Gmail, no Youtube, and no Google Maps. The Huawei P40 Pro has a 4200mAh battery that powers the Kirin 990 5G chipset. One of the best features of the P40 series is the XD Fusion Engine that is using AI to optimize the photo you took which Huawei claimed to be able to remove reflection when you shoot through glass and remove a photobombing friend or stranger when you are taking a shot.
While Huawei’s P-series is focused on delivering the best photo-centric setups, its Mate-series are focusing on delivering powerful hardware to its video-centric consumer. Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro ( launched in September 2019 ) is Huawei’s latest mobile phones for the Mate-series.
Putting the software issues aside for the moment, the mate 30 series is jam-packed with a lot of powerful technologies within one phone. The Mate 30 has a huge 6.62-inch OLED FHD display with a waterfall notch where the selfie camera resides. On the back, you will find the so-called “washing machine” rear camera array which consists of a triple-camera setup. The cameras on the Mate 30 consist of a 40MP main, 16MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom which translates to a 30X digital zoom. The Mate 30 also doesn’t have the 7680FPS super slow-mo video feature which we get on the Pro model. The Mate 30 runs on Android 10 overlayed with Huawei’s EMUI10. Under the hood, you get the Kirin 990 chipset paired with a healthy 8GB of RAM which allows you smooth App transition and multitask. The phone also carries a 4200mAh battery which Huawei claims to be able to stay healthy for a day after a full charge. Huawei Mate 30 is a good choice if you want to buy a viable Huawei mobile phone with great specs at a cheaper price than the Pro variant.
The Mate 30 Pro, on the other hand, has a smaller display that sits at 6.53-inch which uses an OLED screen with an edge-to-edge curved display. Both the front and the back glasses are protected with Gorilla 6 glasses. One significant difference between the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro is the Mate 30 has a headphone jack while the Pro model relinquished the headphone jack. The camera on the Mate 30 Pro features a 40MP wide camera, a 40MP ultrawide angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens that supports 3X optical zoom. There is also a TOF sensor included in the camera array. The Mate 30 Pro rear camera has features OIS ( Optical Image Stabilization ) across the wide and telephoto lens when shooting videos. There’s also the 7680fps slow-motion capture at 720p which is a fun feature to have. The selfie camera is a single 32MP shooter. Mate 30 Pro carries a 4500mAh battery coupled with a 40W Supercharge technologies which Huawei claimed to be able to go from a flat battery to full within one hour.
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