+ Saturday November 23rd, 2019

Perhaps its a case of the phone that some call “impossible to sell” becoming “harder to buy” in Australia, but the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be coming to Australia on 21 November .. but the way Huawei’s doing it is a little different.

Instead of just launching in the usual retailers, Huawei is asking customers to register their interest from today, before a limited number of handsets become available from a couple of retailers on November 21.

It’s also a return to the long lead times of yesteryear; the Mate 30 series was announced in mid September, making it a full two months (and a couple of days) between announcement and retail launch. As you read on, you’ll be able to understand why Huawei has been a little cautious introducing the Mate 30 Pro to the Australian market.

Whereas previous Huawei phones could be found with carriers, in JB HiFi, and other retailers here and there, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not be found in any of those places. Rather, it will be available from Huawei’s Experience Store (one of which is in Chatswood, NSW), from Mobileciti (in Parramatta, NSW and online) and from selected HappyTel stores (found in shopping centres, usually).

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Better yet, only “selected customers” can actually purchase the phone. Huawei has advised only 200 phones will go on sale, and customers have to go through a bit of a process to actually buy one:

  1. Register online for a chance to buy the phone, at https://www.huaweipromotions.com.au/mainpage
  2. Fill out details, including:
      • Where you want to buy it from
      • Confirming your understanding that Mate 30 doesn’t come with Google Services (twice, in fact)
      • A 200 words or less description of why you want to buy the Mate 30 Pro

     

     

  3. Wait and see if you’re one of the selected “winners”
  4. Make your purchase if so selected

This is a very marked, noticeable change from the Huawei P30 Pro retail launch earlier in the year, and you may be asking why.

Sadly, it’s because Huawei can’t licence Google’s apps and services anymore – due to that pesky trade embargo with the US – and so Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro runs the open source version of Android. This isn’t really an issue though – AOSP Android is fine, and works without issues.

What isn’t fine, and what does cause issues, is that Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro doesn’t have Google Mobile Services built in, which means – amongst other things – this:

  • No Google apps – so Gmail, Chrome, Drive, Calendar, and whatever other Google apps are not on board
  • No apps that use Google services – things like Uber which rely on the Google Maps API may or may not work, if you can even install them
  • There’s no Google Play Store, so most apps that you might want to use probably wont be available. Instead, you use Huawei’s App Gallery which has some popular apps, but definitely not all (or maybe even most)

The really tough sell? Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro will still retail for $1,599 – the same price as last year’s Mate 20 Pro (which did have all the Googley bits) – even though it has some real software differences that many users will find frustrating.

This is offset a little by the quality of the hardware. Huawei claims – and it appears, justifiably – that the Mate 30 Pro has one of the best smartphone camera systems available, a huge battery (at 4,500 mAh) and some AI-driven camera smarts.

How this will fly – if at all – with a consumer segment well accustomed to Google’s version of Android (with those Google services everyone uses daily) remains to be seen.

I’m cautiously optimistic that the Mate 30 Pro hardware experience will be great, but I can’t mince words – I’m really sceptical the software experience will match. We’ve asked Huawei for a review phone so we can give it the full run-down and let you know what it’s like.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Daniel
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Daniel

Huawei just needs to allow bootloader unlocking again like they did before July 2018 then you can fully install Google Services and bypass any safetynet checks with MagiskHide.

GrKTcB
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GrKTcB

Nice paperweight you have there Huawei…

No Google Services means no sale and no recommendation of the phone. Hopefully they’ll eventually work out a deal soon as this looks like the start of the end of Huawei outside of China.

Jamie
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Jamie

Wait and see if you’re one of the selected “winners”
That’s a good one Chris!
No-one, I repeat No one should buy this phone without Google Apps at this ridiculous price. Obviously the people over at Huawei are smoking the same stuff that Google were smoking when they designed and set the price of the Pixel 4.

PukeyLuke
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PukeyLuke

As you can buy an Australian stock, Huawei Mate 20 Pro for $649 from eBay’s mobileciti_estore with Huawei manufacturer warranty, and according to this article the Mate 20 Pro started at $1,599 last year also, then you can safely assume that this years Mate 30 Pro will plummet in price even quicker when there are no Google Apps to keep the potential buyers interested in buying this phone.
BTW I would never buy a phone that couldn’t access the app store, then all you do with it is make phone calls and take photos, you’d be living like a caveman!!

Shane
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Shane

You can install VMOS and GMS run like a charm

michael
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michael

How does it go for updates ?
i definitely would not buy it anyway , but just wondering.

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