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Huawei Launches 5G-Ready Mate 30 Smartphone Series in China

By Zhao Runhua / Sep 27, 2019 12:52 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

A slew of Chinese smartphone-makers have been releasing 5G-compatible handsets into the domestic market, and Huawei has been busier than most.

The telecoms giant launched its latest flagship Mate 30 smartphone series for the China market on Thursday, as the company seeks to build on its 5G product offerings after unveiling its Mate 20 handsets earlier.

Equipped with Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 990 chipset, the Mate 30 series supports both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) networks for 5G. The technology will allow devices to automatically detect both 4G and 5G networks and switch to the latter as it becomes more widely available. At the moment, only a few Chinese cities provide limited mobile 5G networks.

Due to rumbling trade tensions between China and the United States, Huawei was unable to pre-install some Google services on its Mate 30 devices. However, it is unlikely that mainland Chinese users will lament the lack of Google-backed functions as the American search giant is largely blocked from operating in the country.

At the product launch, Huawei compared Mate 30 with Apple’s newly released iPhone 11, claiming that several functions of the Mate 30, including camera and battery life, outperform its American competitor. The Mate 30 previously attracted strong domestic interest for featuring camera technology produced by German brand Leica, which is highly popular in China.

The Mate 30 range is priced from 3,999 yuan ($561) to more than 10,000 yuan and was first unveiled in Germany earlier this year. China-based customers can now place orders for the phones, with deliveries to occur before Oct. 25. The company will also begin selling the phones in the Asia-Pacific region and Russia in October, a spokesman said.

Contact reporter Zhao Runhua (runhuazhao@caixin.com)

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