The MWC may have been canceled, but the avalanche of new smartphone announcements continues. Sony and Realme have already presented their alternatives to the Galaxy S20 series: the Xperia 1 II and the Realme X50 Pro. Both are 5G phones and both offer high-end specs, just like Samsung’s flagships. The X50 Pro, however, will beat both the new Xperia and the S20 at prices, starting at around $ 600.
Those aren’t the only affordable Galaxy S20 alternatives that hit stores early, of course, but this affordable flagship is only good for you if you don’t mind Google’s apps and services.
Huawei’s other mobile brand, Honor, unveiled a series of affordable new devices on Monday, including Honor View 30 Pro, discussed in this article. It features a full-screen design with a holey selfie camera and a triple lens camera system on the back that looks a lot like the Galaxy S20.
The phone features a 6.57-inch display with Full HD resolution, a 7 nm Kirin 990 processor (just like the one that will power Huawei P40 Pro), 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage space, 5G support, a power button with -in fingerprint sensor, 4,100 mAh battery with 40 W wired SuperCharge, 27 W wireless SuperCharge and wireless reverse charging support and Android 10 with Magic UI 3.0.1.
The rear camera system features a 40 megapixel main camera, a 12 megapixel wide angle lens and an 8 megapixel telephoto lens that supports 3x optical zoom without data loss. On the front, there are two selfie cameras: a 32 megapixel main camera and an 8 megapixel wide angle lens.
The “problem” with View 30 Pro, as you may have guessed, concerns the software experience. This is a Huawei phone and Huawei is prohibited from doing business with U.S. tech companies, including Google. Therefore, the Android 10 experience on the new View 30 Pro does not include Google apps.
There are no searches, Gmail or Maps and no access to Google Play. The phone is definitely an excellent choice for buyers in markets where Google does not operate, such as China, or in markets where other versions of Android may work, such as Russia. In fact, Russia will be the first market to kick off the launch of Honor View 30 Pro, although the company hasn’t revealed details about the launch or pricing details.
Honor also presented the even cheaper 9X Pro at the show: a mid-range phone that will cost € 249 in France, Germany and the Netherlands next month – Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will also receive the phone next month.