Huawei is rereleasing its flagship cellphone from final yr because the P30 Professional “New Version.” The machine now ships with Android 10 preinstalled, and it’s acquired a brand new silver shade possibility that was beforehand solely obtainable on the P40 Professional. In any other case, this is the same machine to final yr’s cellphone, which means it has a 6.47-inch OLED show, 4 rear cameras, and, crucially, comes with a full suite of Google’s apps and companies.
Emphasizing its compatibility with Google’s apps and companies, a picture of the cellphone on Huawei’s German web site advertises that the cellphone means that you can (by way of Google Translate) “use top-apps as normal,” “use Android as normal,” and get “safety updates as normal.”
The P30 Professional is a big machine for Huawei as a result of it was the final flagship cellphone the corporate launched earlier than US commerce restrictions prevented it from utilizing Google’s apps or companies. Whereas it’s continued to launch new telephones just like the Mate 30 and P40 Professional primarily based on the open-source core of Android in October 2019 and April 2020, respectively, it additionally rereleased the P30 Professional as soon as earlier than for customers who weren’t ready to go away Google’s ecosystem behind. The “new” model of the P30 Professional it introduced in September final yr was the identical handset because the March unique, solely with new shade schemes.
Huawei’s gross sales numbers counsel that many individuals don’t need to purchase a Google-free Android cellphone. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Huawei’s smartphone shipments exterior of China dropped by 35 p.c within the first quarter of the yr. Though the coronavirus pandemic explains a few of the fall, Huawei’s gross sales declined two occasions as a lot as Samsung’s and 4 occasions greater than Apple. The WSJ notes that the autumn threatens Huawei’s placement because the world’s second-biggest smartphone producer.
For now, Huawei has solely formally confirmed a German launch for the P30 Professional New Version, the place it says the machine will ship on June 1st. The machine is at the moment being listed for €749 for the mannequin with 256GB of inner storage, which is a reasonably large low cost over its unique €1,099 worth from final yr. Nonetheless, there’s no signal of its unique 128GB and 512GB storage choices. Android Authority reports that the cellphone will launch in additional nations exterior of Germany, however there’s no official phrase on which or what their launch dates is likely to be.