- Title: Huawei challenges iPhone 11 by promising world's smartest 5G phone
- Date: 19th September 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF YU ON STAGE AS SCREEN BEHIND SHOWCASES PHONE'S PHOTOGRAPHY CAPABILITIES
- Embargoed: 3rd October 2019 16:30
- Keywords: Huawei launch event iPhone 11 Chinese telecoms Mate 30 Google Richard Yu Huawei Apple smartphone
- Location: MUNICH, GERMANY
- City: MUNICH, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Information Technologies / Computer Sciences,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA002AXBNYAJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Huawei launched what could be the world's most powerful 5G smartphone on Thursday (September 19), but the fate of the device in Europe will hang on whether it can overcome a U.S. ban to give customers the Google software they expect.
The Chinese telecoms giant showcased its Mate 30 range in Munich, Germany, in its first unveiling of an all-new phone since President Donald Trump hit the Shenzhen-based company with an export ban in May.
The No.2 smartphone maker is caught in the fallout of a trade conflict between Washington and Beijing that analysts say is morphing into a technology cold war. It expects the U.S. ban to cost it $10 billion.
Holding the launch in Europe underlines the importance of the region's 500 million consumers to Huawei. It lost five percentage points in market share here following the U.S. ban, even as buyers rallied to its brand at home.
Huawei has been running an online marketing campaign, with the slogan "Rethink Possibilities", recruiting fans to spread the word about the launch.
The build-up has been marked by uncertainty over whether buyers of the flagship Android device will be able to use apps supported by Google.
Google, the unit of Silicon Valley tech giant Alphabet says it won't be possible to sell the Mate 30 with licensed Google apps and services, which include the Play Store or popular tools like Gmail or Maps.
Huawei, for its part, hopes to run the phone on Android 10, the latest version of the operating system, and have access to Google Mobile Services.
Without those, say analysts, consumers won't want the phone - unless Huawei can find a way to convince them that its features are unmatched and its home-grown Harmony operating system is a good-enough fall-back option.
Huawei says the phone's 'brain' - the Kirin 990 chipset unveiled at a recent tech fair in Berlin - outperforms the Qualcomm-powered phones already on the market from market leader Samsung.
In particular, the 'big core-tiny core' configuration of the hardware means it can run power-hungry applications like artificial intelligence or support online gaming, while saving battery on routine tasks.
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