HUAWEI just shared with us details of their upcoming AppGallery Festival freebies for January 2020!
Find out what FREEBIES you can get through THREE (3) different ways!
HUAWEI AppGalley Festival Freebies For January 2020!
HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) is planning to kickstart 2020 with an AppGallery Festival!
For the whole month of January 2020, HUAWEI users will receive a wide range of perks such as vouchers from selected app partners like Agoda, Lazada, SHAREit and VIU, HUAWEI Points and HUAWEI smartphones.
With the theme New Year, New Start, the HUAWEI AppGallery Festival for January 2020 will feature three main promotions :
Download Apps & Get HUAWEI Points
Receive New Year Gifts at the Gift Center
Play & Win HUAWEI Smartphones
All three events are accessible only via HUAWEI AppGallery.
AppGallery Festival Freebie #1 : Download Apps and Get HUAWEI Points!
During the campaign period, users will be rewarded with 5 HUAWEI Points worth RM 5 (~US$1.25) when they download selected apps in the AppGallery.
In Malaysia, there are 16 apps participating in this event, so users have the opportunity to redeem up to 80 HUAWEI Points worth RM 80 (~US$20).
These HUAWEI Points can be used for in-app purchases (IAP) on HMS products including on the AppGallery, Themes, Mobile Cloud, etc.
AppGallery Festival Freebie #2 : New Year Gifts @ Gift Center!
When the AppGallery Festival kicks off in January 2020, HUAWEI users can claim app vouchers and gift packs from the Gift Center in the AppGallery.
The gift package includes RM20 Lazada shopping vouchers, one month free VIU Premium subscriptions, two months iFlix VIP subscriptions, seven days camScanner subscriptions, and more.
AppGallery Festival Freebie #3 : Play Games and Win HUAWEI Smartphones!
Players of Guns of Glory, Jellipop Match, Mobile Royale, Rise of Kingdoms and Saint Seiya will stand a chance to win HUAWEI smartphones by buying in-game items and paying through HUAWEI In-App Purchases (IAP).
This event is divided into three phases and open to gamers in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The top 30 spenders across the four participating countries will win a HUAWEI smartphone.
The first phase will run from 1st-7th January 2020 with the HUAWEI Nova 5T as the prize. The smartphone prizes for Phase 2 (8th-14th Jan) and Phase 3 (15th-31st Jan) will be revealed on the starting date of each phase.
How to win?
Download the participating game(s) from AppGallery
Play and purchase in-game items
Pay via Huawei IAP with bank card (credit/debit) payment method
Participants can spend on more than one game to accumulate the spending amount
The top 30 in-game spenders across the participating countries will win a HUAWEI smartphone
So mark your calendars and participate in the HUAWEI AppGallery Festival to start 2020 on a high note with various gift packs and rewards!
On 9 December 2019, HUAWEI Malaysia officially launched their first Premium Customer Service Center in KL Eco City Mall, Kuala Lumpur! Here is EVERYTHING you need to know!
First HUAWEI Malaysia Premium Customer Service Center!
This HUAWEI Premium Customer Service Center was reared to provide quick repair services for all HUAWEI products. Best of all, HUAWEI Malaysia will actually let you view the overall repair process LIVE!
This HUAWEI Premium Customer Service Center is also an experiential center, where you can experience the latest range of HUAWEI products from smartphones to smart homes devices, while your device is being inspected or repaired.
HUAWEI Premium Customer Service Center Promotions!
To celebrate the opening of their premium service centre, HUAWEI Malaysia just announced a promotion campaign starting from today until the 15 December 2019. Here is what you can expect from HUAWEI Malaysia during this period.
You will be entitled to print 2 photos after shared your photos on FB, tag 3 friends and hashtag #HuaweiMSC & #Grandopening & lucky draw (applicable in Opening day only)
Lucky draw available from 2nd day onwards. All you required to participate in the lucky draw is to send in your device for repair to be entitled
To stand to win more prizes, you can complete a survey relating to HiCare article (survey regarding service campaigns)from 9th Dec 2019 – 31st Dec 2019. Amazing prizes up for grabs:
– 1st Prize: 1-unit of HUAWEI nova 5T
– 2nd Prize: 1-unit of HUAWEI 10000 mAH powerbank
– 3rd Prize: 1-unit of HUAWEI Body Fat Scale
– Consolation Prizes: 10 – unit of HUAWEI Band 4
Existing HUAWEI Service Campaigns
The new HUAWEI Malaysia Premium Customer Service Center will also conduct and promote existing HUAWEI Service Campaigns like :
Service Annual Giving Season – a campaign which runs from 23 November to 1 January 2020.
HUAWEI Service Day – every first Friday and Saturday of the month.
RM 99 Battery Replacement – A new life to your old device, get a new original battery at RM99 only
HUAWEI Care – additional protection to your device
No Worries – 2 years warranty aimed at giving more back to loyal customers.
Globally, there are five HUAWEI P30 colour options – Black, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise and Breathing Crystal. However, not all colours are available in all countries.
Here is our look at the three P30 colour options available in Malaysia – Black, Breathing Crystal and Aurora.
HUAWEI P30 Pro Colour Options
HUAWEI initially launched the HUAWEI P30 Pro in five colour options – Black, Pearl White, Aurora, Amber Sunrise and Breathing Crystal. However, not all colours were available in all countries, at least not initially.
Here is our look at the first three P30 Pro colour options available in Malaysia – Black, Aurora and Breathing Crystal.
HUAWEI then introduced the Mystic Blue and Misty Lavender colours, which you can check out in this video of the Collyer Sisters!
Apple AirPods Pro are a popular choice for those who want active noise cancelling earbuds, but there is actually a better alternative – the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3.
Don’t believe us? Find out why the FreeBuds 3 is a superior alternative to the AirPods Pro!
Why FreeBuds 3 Is The Best Alternative To AirPods Pro!
Reason #1 : Low Latency Bluetooth Connectivity
One of the biggest problems affecting Bluetooth earbuds is latency – the delay from when the audio data is transmitted to the earbuds, and when the sound emits from the speakers.
High latency causes the sounds and images of the movie you are watching to go out of sync. It is also a big problem in games, where audio cues can mean the difference between winning and losing!
Most TWS (True Wireless Stereo) earbuds like the AirPods Pro uses a binaural single-channel connection, where the smartphone transmits the audio data to the primary earbud, which then forwards one of the channels to the secondary earbud.
This is simpler to implement, but results in greater latency and higher power consumption by the primary earbud.
A select few TWS earbuds use dual-channel transmissions to both earbuds simultaneously, which reduces latency but results in higher power consumption by both earbuds.
HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 avoids both issues because it uses their proprietary Isochronous Dual Channel Transmission technology to transmit the left and right channels to each earbud synchronously and separately.
This reduces latency to just 190 ms (lower than the AirPods Pro), ensuring accurate synchronisation, while reducing power consumption!
Reason #2 : Less Chance Of Interference
In public places, interference is a big issue because there is an abundance of both active Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, and they are all using the same 2.4 GHz spectrum!
This may result in higher audio latencies, or even worse – a disconnection of one or both earbuds from your smartphone!
The HUAWEI Isochronous Dual Channel Transmission technology reduces the chance of interference from other Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices.
Reason #3 : Powerful Kirin A1 Chipset
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 is powered by the Kirin A1 – the world’s first Bluetooth 5.1 SoC, which supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.1 as well.
With an industry-leading 365 MHz audio processor, it is powerful enough to simultaneously perform real-time noise cancellation for both earbuds, as well as real-time 3A call noise cancellation, with automatic echo cancellation (AEC), automatic gain control (AGC) and adaptive noise reduction (ANR) for the microphones!
Reason #4 : More Comfortable Fit
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 is the world’s first active noise cancelling Bluetooth earbuds with an open fit design. Because they won’t close up your ear canals, they are more comfortable to wear for long hours of use.
Its Dolphin Bionic Design is not just aesthetically-pleasing, it’s designed to ensure a more secure yet comfortable fit so you can run and jog without worry.
Reason #5 : Personalised Noise Cancellation
The open design is more complicated to handle because it lets more ambient noise leak in. To correct for that, HUAWEI generated 9 sets of noise reduction profiles, based on extensive research of real human ear canals of different ages, genders, ear sizes, etc.
This lets you optimise its active noise cancellation performance with a simple click in the HUAWEI AI Life app (available in Google Play Store and HUAWEI AppGallery). This gives it a leg up over its competitors that are based on standard ear models.
Reason #6 : Noise Reduction For Voice
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 reduce noise through two mechanisms. Its microphones are shielded by a wind noise reduction duct, so you can speak clearly even if you are running or cycling.
Whenever you speak, the FreeBuds 3 uses bone vibrations to distinguish your voice from background noise, ensuring you are clearly heard even in noisy environments.
Reason #7 : Super Fast Pairing!
Thanks to its support for Bluetooth 5.1, it connects much quicker to your smartphone than Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds like the Apple AirPods Pro.
It is also designed to automatically turn on and pair with your smartphone, whenever you open its charging case. It’s ready to use by the time you place it in your ears!
Finally, The FreeBuds 3 Is MUCH CHEAPER Than AirPods Pro!
The eight and final reason – the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) is MUCH CHEAPER than the AirPods Pro!
With a retail price of RM 679 / ~US$163 / £139.99 / ~A$239.99 / S$219, you will get a better pair of wireless earphones with lower latency and better active noise cancellation for both voice and audio… at a steep discount!
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) is available in two colour options – Carbon Black and Ceramic White, and you can purchase it directly from HUAWEI Malaysia here! For more information, see HUAWEI’s FB post!
Here are some online purchase links, with prices accurate as of 1 December 2019 :
The modern world is noisy, and that’s why so many people are turning to ANC earbuds like the new HUAWEI FreeBuds 3.
In this article, we will take a look at how HUAWEI Freebuds 3 delivers superior ANC for both voice and audio, giving it a leg-up over the competitors!
Why Active Noise Cancellation?
For decades, we have been relying on over-ear headphones to reduce external noise from disrupting our enjoyment of music and movies. The covering of our ears with padded ear cups is what’s called passive noise cancellation or reduction.
Some of us even resort to in-ear earphones, where the ear buds are inserted directly into the ear canals. Again, they serve to passively block noise from the outside.
Both of these passive noise cancelling solutions help, but they only offer minimal noise reduction. And even worse – they are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) delivers far better noise cancellation, and it does this without using thick padding or requiring you to insert anything into your ear canals.
That’s why everyone wants active noise cancelling earphones – once you tried one, you will never go back!
HUAWEI FreeBuds 3
HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) offers active noise cancellation in an open fit in-ear design, which offers maximum comfort; with a Dolphin Bionic Design to ensure a better fit.
HUAWEI Kirin A1
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) is powered by the Kirin A1 – the world’s first Bluetooth 5.1 SoC. This allows it deliver a stable and fast Bluetooth connection for accurate audio and video synchronisation.
The HUAWEI Isochronous Dual Channel Transmission technology transmits audio data to each ear bud synchronously and separately, to reduce latency and ensure accurate synchronisation.
Active Noise Cancellation
The Kirin A1 has a fast 356 MHz audio processor, which allows the FreeBuds 3 to capture and cancel background noise in real-time. This allows you to enjoy your music, or calls, even in noisy environments.
Tests have shown that ambient noise is reduced by half, even sudden loud noises like train brakes and car honks.
HUAWEI also allows you to adjust 9 different parameters to fine-tune its noise cancellation performance for more challenging environments.
Bone Conduction Sensor + Aerodynamic Mic Duct
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) does not just reduce noise to your ears, it also reduces noise when you speak!
Its microphones have an aerodynamic duct design to reduce wind noise, and it uses bone conduction voice sensors to pick up your voice vibrations.
When the ambient noise levels are too high, it uses your bone conduction vibrations to enhance the quality of your calls, making sure that your voice is clearly heard above hubbub around you!
14 mm Driver + Bass Tube
In addition to a 14 mm dynamic driver, each ear bud has a bass tube tucked right behind, delivering a louder and punchier bass.
Unlike most earphones that use SBC or aptX, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 uses AAC coding – the only Bluetooth audio codec that makes use of psychoacoustic modelling to compress the data.
AAC coding delivers significantly better audio quality with lower latency and power consumption. However, it is a processing-intensive codec.
Hence, HUAWEI advises that you pair the FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) with HUAWEI smartphones, because they are designed to encode audio using the AAC codec, instead of the more common SBC or aptX codecs.
Long Battery Life
Thanks to the highly-efficient Kirin A1 chip, the FreeBuds 3 can last 4 hours of non-stop music playbackwith active noise cancellation turned on.
Its carry case doubles as a portable charger, allowing you to recharge the FreeBuds 3 up to four times!
It even supports wireless charging, so you can use any smartphone that supports Qi wireless charging to recharge the FreeBuds 3 and its charging case!
Super Fast Pairing!
HUAWEI designed the FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) for easy and fast pairing. Even pairing them for the first time to a HUAWEI smartphone is as simple as tapping on the pop-up window to confirm the pairing!
Thereafter, your FreeBuds 3 will automatically turn on and pair with your HUAWEI smartphone when you open its charging case.
Watch how fast it turns on and connects to the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro! Hint – it’s less than a second!
At the Sunway Velocity Mall roadshow, every HUAWEI Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro comes with a FREE HUAWEI SuperCharge Wireless Car Charger and HUAWEI Care (extended 1 year warranty + 1 month screen crack warranty)
In addition, the first 100 to buy the Mate 30 Pro will each receive the HUAWEI Freelace earphones worth RM 369.
Those who purchase a unit at the roadshow will also get to participate in a lucky draw, where they can win a range of prizes.
HUAWEI Malaysia also shared with us their Christmas Promo, where every purchase of select HUAWEI products will receive FREE Christmas-themed freebies.
Now, the HUAWEI Phone Clone method is not foolproof.
It allows you to “bypass” the Trump ban by essentially porting over apps that do NOT rely on Google Mobile Services (GMS) to your Mate 30 / Mate 30 Pro smartphone.
But if the app requires GMS (like Gmail or YouTube), you will need to use an alternative app or use the web browser instead. For example :
switch from the Gmail app to the HUAWEI Mail app
use a web browser to view YouTube videos, instead of the YouTube app
This Phone Clone method is also a one-time deal. It lets you migrate the apps (and your data) over from an existing Android smartphone.
But if you ever need to reinstall the app, you will need to do it through the Aptoide App Store, or some other third-party App Store… because Google Play Store is not available.
Similarly, you will need to use the Aptoide app to update your apps, but this works the same way as Google Play Store.
The HUAWEI Phone Clone method is a good option for those with an existing smartphone to migrate most of their apps to the Mate 30 / Mate 30 Pro.
But it doesn’t solve the problem of not being able to access Google Play Store, or apps that use GMS. The good news though is that Trump may soon come to a trade agreement with China, and we could see Google services restored to the Mate 30 / Mate 30 Pro.
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has two spectacular video recording features – the ability to capture ultra-slow motion video at 7680 fps, and ultra-low light video at up to ISO 51200.
Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about both features, and our video showcase!
The HUAWEI 7680 FPS + ISO 25600 Video Showcase!
HUAWEI shared with us two short videos to showcase the Mate 30 Pro‘s ability to deliver 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video, as well as ultra-low light video recording at ISO 25600.
Together with two additional videos they released earlier, we created this video showcase of their 7680 fps and ISO 25600 video recording samples.
How The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Delivers 7680 FPS Video!
It would be impossible for a human being to react fast enough to capture the “right moment”, so when you start recording, its NPU analyses a second of video to determine the best time start recording at 7680 fps.
This process of analysing the video data and triggering at the right moment is a very strenuous process, using an AI algorithm and about 2 GB of RAM.
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro then captures 945 frames in 120 milliseconds. That approximately 3.5 GB worth of data is then expanded into 32 seconds of 30 fps ultra-slow motion video.
As you can tell, recording video at 7680 fps (frames per second) takes A LOT of processing power.
Even with its powerful Kirin 990 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro can only do it at the 720p resolution, and only for a fleeting 0.12 seconds.
So if you are wondering when will you be able to record 7680 fps video at 1080p or 4K resolution, or for longer than 0.12 seconds… we did some calculations, and a future smartphone must be capable of processing all this data in an instant :
720p @ 0.24 seconds : 7.0 GB of data
1080p @ 0.12 seconds : 7.8 GB of data
1080p @ 0.24 seconds : 15.6 GB of data
4K @ 0.12 seconds : 31.4 GB of data
4K @ 0.24 seconds : 62.8 GB of data
The HUAWEI Mate 30 High ISO Capability
In low light conditions, it is possible to increase the camera’s ISO value – basically boosting the signal from its image sensor.
While this effectively increases the sensitivity of the image sensor to light hitting its photodiodes, it can increase noise. Therefore, the ability to increase ISO levels without introducing significant noise is highly desirable.
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro boasts the ability to increase ISO levels up to ISO 51200, which is incredibly high. What this means is you have greater capability to take photos and record videos in low-light conditions.
As we revealed earlier, HUAWEI nova 5T users will be entitled to weekly rewards through the HUAWEI Member Center app.
In this guide, we will show you how to redeem these free gifts and offers from the HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards programme!
HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards
In our article looking at the top 5 reasons to purchase the HUAWEI nova 5T, we shared that every nova 5T user will be entitled to rewards worth up to RM 1,000.
Released on a weekly basis from 16 September 2019 onwards, HUAWEI Malaysia shared some of those freebies and deals with us :
Viu : 3 months premium subscription
PUMA : Save up to RM 120 with a minimum purchase of RM 400
Sunway Lagoon : 37% discount on entrance tickets
Free deals from GSC, Photobook Malaysia, Baskin-Robbins, etc.
HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards Weeks 1 + 2 : MyNews
Kicking off the first week of the HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards programme is a free gift and a great offer from MyNews!
From 16 to 22 September and from 23 to 29 September, HUAWEI nova 5T users can visit any MyNews outlet nationwide to redeem one FREE unit of Tropicana Essentials, and purchase a second unit with a 50% discount!
How To Redeem Your HUAWEI nova 5T Rewards
To redeem your HUAWEI nova 5T rewards, you just need to follow these three simple steps :
Download the Member Center app from the HUAWEI App Gallery
Register with your HUAWEI ID
Start enjoying your big rewards!
HUAWEI nova 5T Price + Availability
The HUAWEI nova 5T has an official recommended retail price of RM 1,599 / ~$379 / ~£309 / ~A$559.
Official retail sale will kick off on 7 September 2019, with special offers worth up to RM 1,127 :
Rumours have been fast spreading on instant messengers and social media about the HUAWEI Trump ban, leading to a ton of misconceptions, misunderstandings and outright BS.
In this article, we will explain the HUAWEI Trump ban, and what it means to HUAWEI and to you, the customer.
The HUAWEI Trump Ban Timeline Updated!
The US government’s distrust of HUAWEI goes back many years, and only grew as HUAWEI became one of China’s biggest and arguably, most visible global companies with over $100 billion in revenue and over 180,000 employees worldwide.
Circa 2010 : US intelligence officers began claiming that HUAWEI was serving as a proxy for the Chinese government
2011 : The US government squelched HUAWEI’s attempt to acquire 3Leaf Systems, a US company that offers server virtualisation solutions.
2012-10-08 : The US House Intelligence Committee released a report about its investigations into HUAWEI and ZTE, which also questioned their dealings with Iran.
2018-08-13 : US President Trump banned the use of HUAWEI and ZTE products by US government agencies.
2018-12-01 :Meng Wanzhou, HUAWEI’s global chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, is arrested by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States.
Photo Credit : Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press / PA Images
Early 2019 : The Trump government begins earnestly pressuring allies to stop using HUAWEI telecommunications equipment, particularly in building new 5G networks.
2019-05-10 : The US-Chinese trade talks failed, and President Trump immediately raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
2019-05-15 : President Trump signed an executive order barring US companies from using telecommunications equipment from sources that are “national security threats”. The US Commerce Department also added HUAWEI to the Entity List of US national security threats.
2019-05-16 : ARM issued a memo instructing their employees to suspend business with HUAWEI. Read our full report and analysis.
2019-05-19 : Google announced that it would suspend business with HUAWEI to comply with US law.
2019-05-20 : Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital announce that they will stop supplying HUAWEI. German chipmaker Infineon also stopped some shipments.
2019-05-20 : The Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Commerce Department announced a 90-day temporary licence to HUAWEI, partially restoring their access to US technology and suppliers.
2019-05-21 : FedEx in Singapore and Hong Kong withheld two HUAWEI packages for “delivery exception“. Read our full report and analysis.
2019-05-23 : Two packages from Japan bound for HUAWEI in China were diverted to the FedEx HQ in the United Stataes instead. Read our full report and analysis.
2019-05-25 : The SD Association removed HUAWEI as a member, but the NM Card gives an extra workaround. Read our full report.
2019-05-26 : The WiFi Alliance temporarily suspends HUAWEI, but this only affects future Wi-Fi standards. Read our full report and analysis.
2019-05-29 : HUAWEI announced a legal challenge on the constitutionality of the HUAWEI Trump ban, but it will be too late to help them. However, China has a Trump card!
2019-05-29 : Malaysian Prime Minister (and the world’s OLDEST prime minister) Dr. Mahathir Mohammad said that Malaysia has no intention on shunning HUAWEI, and that they will “try to make use of their technology as much as possible“.
2019-05-29 : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) told its editors to stop using HUAWEI scientists and engineers to review scientific papers for fear of “severe legal implications”.
2019-06-02 : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reversed their decision to ban HUAWEI scientists and engineers from reviewing scientific papers! Read our full report and analysis!
2019-06-12 : HUAWEI confirmed that they were postponing the launch of their refreshed MateBook laptop indefinitely, because they are unable to purchase the necessary components from US-based companies like Intel.
At the same time, Broadcom slashed its annual revenue outlook by a whopping $2 billion, as a result of the HUAWEI Trump ban. Broadcom shares fell 6% as a result.
2019-06-17 : Microsoft starts selling HUAWEI MateBook laptops again, after removing them from the Microsoft Store when HUAWEI was added to the Entity List.
In their statement, they stated that “[Microsoft] will continue to respond to the many business, technical and regulatory complexities stemming from the recent addition of Huawei to the US Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations Entity List”
2019-06-24 : Despite the HUAWEI Trump ban, HONOR reported that they sold their first batch of HONOR 20 smartphones in 3 hours in Malaysia, with over a million units in China in two weeks. Read our full report!
2019-06-25 : FedEx sued the Trump Administration to block trade restrictions (like the HUAWEI ban) that force it to act as enforcement agents. UPS declined to join the FedEx lawsuit.
2019-06-29 : President Trump stunned everyone by reversing the HUAWEI ban, stating that it was “no great national emergency”; and agreeing not to introduce more tariffs… all without a trade agreement with China. Read our full report and analysis!
2019-07-14 : Reuters reported that the US Commerce Department could start approving licences for US companies to start selling again to HUAWEI in a matter of weeks.
2019-07-22 : Impatient with the US Commerce Department, the CEOs of Google, Cisco, Intel, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital pressured Donald Trump to force the US Commerce Department to issue licenses allowing them to sell to HUAWEI once again. Read our full report and analysis!
2019-08-19 : The US Commerce Department extended HUAWEI’s temporary general licence by a further 90 days. They also added 46 more HUAWEI affiliates to the Entity List. Read our full report and analysis!
Who Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Affect?
The HUAWEI Trump ban covers both HUAWEI and its sub-brand, HONOR. As it so happens, HONOR is launching their HONOR 20 smartphone today.
Many pundits wrongly quoted Trump’s executive order as the basis for the Google and other US companies suspending supplies to HUAWEI. That is only partly true.
His executive order does not mention HUAWEI at all. In fact, it actually applies to every company listed in the US Entity List, which is over 270 pages long!
It basically prohibits “any acquisition, importation, transfer, installation, dealing in, or use of any information and communications technology or service (transaction)” by “any person… subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” to “persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary“.
It was really the US Commerce Department’s action of adding HUAWEI (and its 68 affiliates) to the Entity List that forced US companies to stop doing business with HUAWEI.
Even without Trump’s executive order, US companies are generally prohibited from doing business with companies listed in the Entity List. They will have to apply for a licence to export products to those entities.
The HUAWEI Trump Ban Effects
Google rescinded HUAWEI’s Android licence, as well as access to Google Play services and the Play Store. But what does that mean?
Current HUAWEI and HONOR devices that run on Android and were launched on, or before 16 May 2019 will continue to have access to Google Play services, and the Google Play Store..
HUAWEI and HONOR devices launched from 17 May 2019 onwards will not have access to Android, Google Play services, or Google Play Store.
HUAWEI and HONOR will continue to receive Android software updates and patches until 19 August 2019.
In other words, if you own a HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone that was launched before 16 May 2019, you have nothing to worry about… at least until August 2019.
The suspension of business between ARM and HUAWEI has no real effect in the short to medium-term, because HUAWEI can continue to manufacture existing and completed designs.
HUAWEI has long worked on creating their own mobile SoCs, like their flagship-class Kirin 970 and Kirin 980. They have been pretty successful in this regard – all of their top smartphones run on Kirin processors.
They do not have a replacement for the Intel processors that power their MateBook laptops. However, they have apparently prepared for this eventuality by stockpiling 3 months worth of chips.
Memory Suppliers : Micron, Infineon
Fortunately for HUAWEI, most DRAM manufacturers are not US companies, or subject to US law. Whereas Micron (a US company) can no longer supply HUAWEI with memory chips, there are other DRAM companies that can make up the shortfall… including their competitor, Samsung.
If you own a HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone sold on or before 16 May 2019, you have NOTHING to worry about.
Your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will continue to work normally
You will continue to have access to Google Play services, and the Google Play Store.
You will continue to receive updates and security patches
If you are planning to purchase a future HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone, you should wait and see.
Despite the ban, HUAWEI still has access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
They can still produce smartphones that run on Android, but won’t be able to install Google Play services, the Google Play Store, or apps by US companies like YouTube and Facebook.
HUAWEI has been working on its own mobile operating system, HongMeng OS, which is said to be undergoing trials right now.
Future HUAWEI smartphones may run on HongMeng OS and their own slew of apps, but there will be a dearth of third-party apps, at least initially.
If the ban persists, HUAWEI will likely be forced to ship future smartphones with stock Android and HUAWEI apps to replace Google Play services.
What About New Devices?
The partial licence from the US Commerce Department only permits “service and support” for “existing” devices that were “available to the public on or before May 16, 2019“.
HUAWEI and its affiliates can create and sell new devices. However, they will not be covered by the temporary licence, and therefore…
they cannot have Google Play services or Play Store, or any US apps like YouTube and Instagram, installed
they are not entitled to Android software updates either
That said, US companies or companies that use substantial US technologies can apply to the US Commerce Department for special licences to sell to HUAWEI. As of July 2019, over 50 applications were submitted for consideration.
How Will This Affect HUAWEI’s Business?
This is, no doubt, a really serious problem for HUAWEI. Losing the ability to include Google services will be detrimental to the success of future devices.
The disruption of their supply chain will start to bite if the ban persists beyond three months – that’s when their stockpile runs out. They will also lose the ability to support existing customers with software patches.
However, the issuance of the temporary licence, just days after listing HUAWEI as a foreign adversary and a national security threat, signals that the HUAWEI Trump ban is just another bargaining chip in the US-China trade war.
In all likelihood, Trump is using the HUAWEI ban to force China to accept his terms for a trade deal. He badly needs a face-saving win after numerous failures in recent months.
Why This Is Bad For The Global Economy + Security
President Trump’s persistent pressure on HUAWEI is forcing a decoupling of the Chinese and American economies. This is bad for the global economy, as well as global security.
The intertwining of US and Chinese economies is a form of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) that was once guaranteed by nuclear weapons.
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But with an erratic US President cutting off supply to US products and technology essential for their companies, China will continue to turn inwards to insulate their economy, even adopting a form of economic Juche.
The more their economies decouple, the more the US loses the ability to engage China positively on a variety of geopolitical issues. In fact, it may eventually lead to an outright Cold War between the US and China, if not military confrontation.
An analyst at the China Merchant Securities told Global Times that, “The new laptop’s system will run based on ARM architecture that supports Windows, which shows that the cut-off of some technologies has very little impact on Huawei.”
Very little impact? While we admire his patriotism, that’s just utter bullshit.
The HiSilicon Kirin 980 and the upcoming Kirin 985 are flagship-class mobile SoCs, with eight ARM processor cores – four high-speed cores + four low-power cores. Its ARM Mali-G76 GPU has 10 cores running at 750 MHz.
However, they are no match for Intel Core processors, or AMD’s mobile Ryzen processors. These mobile CPUs are not only much more powerful, they have faster graphics cores that run at higher speeds.
The key advantage of ARM-based processors is power-efficiency, not raw performance.
The HiSilicon Kirin 980 and Kirin 985 are designed for mobile devices. So even though they support quad memory channels, they can only support up to 8 GB of memory.
Laptops that run on x86 processors from Intel and AMD can support up to 64 GB of memory.
Windows 10 On ARM Limitations
Shifting to Windows 10 on ARM is an obvious workaround for HUAWEI’s troubles, but it is not without its own set of problems.
No support for 64-bit x86 apps : WoA can only run 32-bit x86 apps, which are limited to the first 4 GB of memory. 64-bit x86 apps must be recompiled into native ARM64 code to run on WoA.
No support for shell extensions : Apps that use shell extensions must be recompiled for ARM64 to run on WoA.
Limited driver support : WoA require ARM64 drivers, and (obviously) cannot use existing x86 drivers. This imposes a limit on hardware configurations that will work with WoA.
No OpenGL support (yet) : Windows supports OpenGL 1.1, but due to lack of NVIDIA or AMD driver support (see above), OpenGL games and apps will not run. Currently, WoA is limited to DirectX apps and games.
In other words, it will have limited access to Windows 10 apps. Even though it can run 32-bit versions in emulation mode, they will be slower and be limited to the first 4 GB of memory.
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) reversed their HUAWEI ban, just FOUR DAYS after announcing it. Let’s find out what the heck’s going on!
The IEEE Announces Its HUAWEI Ban…
On 29 May 2019, the IEEE announced their partial HUAWEI ban to comply with the HUAWEI Trump ban.
It was a perplexing move, coming almost two weeks after HUAWEI ban kicked in, and on the same day the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG reversed their decisions to remove HUAWEI as members!
In their press statement announcing their partial HUAWEI ban, they clarified that HUAWEI employees are still allowed to :
join and participate in IEEE conferences, events and meetings
access the over 4.8 million papers on IEEE Xplore
submit technical papers for publication
sponsor and accept an IEEE award
participate in business, logistics and other meetings, including those related to conference planning
However, to comply with US government regulations, they have to restrict HUAWEI and its employees from non-public activities, including :
peer review of submitted scientific papers
the IEEE editorial process
IEEE complies with U.S. government regulations which restrict the ability of the listed Huawei companies and their employees to participate in certain activities that are not generally open to the public. This includes certain aspects of the publication peer review and editorial process.
As you can see, the IEEE’s partial HUAWEI ban is really quite limited in scope… and has no real impact on HUAWEI as a company.
But just four days later, they announced that they were retracting their partial HUAWEI ban… claiming that they received clarification from the US Department of Commerce.
IEEE has received the requested clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce on the applicability of these export control restrictions to IEEE’s publication activities. Based on this new information, employees of Huawei and its affiliates may participate as peer reviewers and editors in our publication process.
Based on that clarification, they announced that HUAWEI employees and its affiliates may once more participate as peer reviewers and editors in the IEEE.
One can only wonder why they did not just wait a few more days… even a week… for that Commerce Department clarification before announcing their HUAWEI ban…
HUAWEI also found their Mate 20 Pro smartphone back on the Android Q Beta program, just as quietly as it was removed.
The restoration of the Mate 20 Pro into the Android Q Beta program is likely due to the temporary, partial licence issued by the US Commerce Department, which allows for existing HUAWEI devices to be supported with software updates.
Obviously, they would not have done this without some sort of dispensation or waiver by the Trump Administration. This could be an olive branch to HUAWEI, in return for some concessions from the Chinese government.
HUAWEI now seem absolutely prescient when they released their own NM Card format together with the HUAWEI Mate20 smartphones last year.
The NM Card, or the HUAWEI Nano Memory Card in full, is 45% smaller than the microSD card. Precisely designed to mimic the shape and size of a nano SIM card, it allows for a more compact hybrid SIM tray design.
But more importantly, in the context of the Trump ban, the NM Card is a HUAWEI standard, and not a SD Association standard.
What Are Their Options?
Option A : Switch To NM Card
Thanks to their foresight in creating the NM Card standard, HUAWEI can easily replace microSD card slots with NM Card slots in their future smartphones.
Now, to be certain, the NM Card is neither cheap nor ubiquitous. The only company making and selling them is HUAWEI.
We expect HUAWEI to continue this trend, perhaps introducing NM Card into their higher mid-range devices; while simultaneously cutting prices on NM Cards.
Option B : Skip microSD Card
Switching to NM Card will not work well for their mid-range and entry-level smartphones, because the greatest appeal of microSD cards is their low cost and ubiquity.
If the Trump ban does not get resolved soon, the best option would be to skip the microSD card slot entirely and just increase the internal storage of their mid-range and entry-level smartphones.
We have already seen this trend with some Android smartphones like the OPPO R17 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi A2, and the HONOR 10. Apple iPhones never had the option in the first place, and they are still selling well!
HUAWEI today struck back at the Trump ban, by challenging its constitutionality. Meanwhile, China hints at a Trump card, pun intended…
We examine why the HUAWEI legal motion is too late to help them, but China’s Trump card may be what they need to break through the Trump ban.
HUAWEI Challenges Constitutionality Of The Trump Ban
On 29 May 2019, HUAWEI filed a motion for a summary judgment in its challenge that Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA) is unconstitutional.
In the complaint, HUAWEI argued that Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA singled out HUAWEI by name, and not only bars U.S. government agencies from buying HUAWEI equipment and services, but also bars them from, contracting with, or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy HUAWEI equipment or services — even if there is no impact or connection to the U.S. government.
Glen Nager, HUAWEI’s lead counsel for the case, said Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA violates the Bill of Attainder, Due Process, and Vesting Clauses of the United States Constitution. Thus, the case is purely “a matter of law” as there are no facts at issue, thereby justifying the motion for a summary judgement to speed up the process.
In line with a court scheduling order, a hearing on the motion is set for 19 September 2019.
HUAWEI also called on the U.S. government to halt its campaign against HUAWEI, because “it will not deliver cybersecurity“.
Banning Huawei using cybersecurity as an excuse “will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” said Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer.
“Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Song noted. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”
“The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song added.
Song also addressed the addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” by the U.S. Commerce Department two weeks ago. “This sets a dangerous precedent. Today it’s telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers,” he said.
“The judicial system is the last line of defense for justice. Huawei has confidence in the independence and integrity of the U.S. judicial system. We hope that mistakes in the NDAA can be corrected by the court,” Song added.
With a hearing set for 3.5 months later, this legal challenge is frankly too late to stop the Trump ban from doing serious damage to HUAWEI.
Depending on who you believe, HUAWEI has enough components stockpiled for 3-12 months. It’s quite possible they will run out of components for at least some of their devices before the hearing even takes place!
The same issue will plague all HUAWEI and HONOR devices that were originally scheduled to be launched after 15 May 2019.
Even worse, the temporary partial licence the Trump Administration issued to let HUAWEI and HONOR support their customers runs out by 19 August 2019 – a full month before the motion is even heard!
Until the Trump ban is lifted or vacated on constitutional grounds, those HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones have no commercial chance outside of China. They will all have to be postponed until this crisis is over…
What will save HUAWEI is no legal challenge… but a Trump card that the Chinese government has recently hinted at using – rare earths.
Rare earths are CRITICAL to the production of electronics, and that includes everything from smartphones to fighter jets and batteries.
China controls 90% of the world’s rare earth production, and more importantly – 80% of rare earth imports by the US. This is literally the Trump card that could force Trump to back off, and save HUAWEI.
Beijing put Washington on notice about their Trump card when both Chinese President Xi Jinping and his top economic advisor, Vice Premier Liu He, made a well-publicised visit to a rare earth factory in Jiangxi, eastern China.
If that was not obvious enough, the Chinese media (often mouthpieces of the party) made sure everyone knew that rare earths was “an ace in Beijing’s hand“, and “Don’t say you haven’t been warned“.
Even China’s economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said in response to a question “Do you suggest that rare earths will become a part of China’s countermeasures against the US’s unwarranted pressure?” :
What I can tell you is that if someone wants to use our rare earths to manufacture products and use them to curb China’s development, then I’m sure the people of Ganzhou and across China will not be happy with that.”
Of course, Beijing might just be hoping that the threat of using their Trump card will be enough, because this nuclear option has its drawbacks.
Then again, Beijing has never dealt with anyone like Donald Trump… For a special person like that, perhaps a Trump card truly is necessary…
Look for the camera mode options located just above the shutter button.
Swipe left until you select the Pro option, as shown below.
The PRO Mode Options
After you select the PRO mode, you will see more options appear above it. These are photographic functions – ISO, S, EV, AF, AWB – that you can use to create really awesome photos.
PRO Mode Function #1 : ISO Sensitivity
ISO represents the light sensitivity of the camera. For example, we can select this function and increase the ISO sensitivity to increase the brightness of a photo, particularly when you take photos in poor lighting.
Increasing the ISO sensitivity will make the photo brighter in low-light, but there will be more noise. On the other hand, you can also lower the ISO in very bright conditions, which has the side effect of reducing noise.
PRO Mode Function #2 : Shutter Speed (S)
The Shutter Speed function determines whether we can capture fast-moving objects like a car or train.
The faster the shutter speed, the greater the ability to “freeze” their movement. Alternatively, you can lower the shutter speed to capture the light strobes of traffic flow.
PRO Mode Function #3 : Exposure (EV)
The Exposure (EV) function is useful in adjusting for adverse lighting conditions, like when the sunlight is just too bright. You can use this function to decrease the exposure so that your subjects look great even under the blazing sun!
PRO Mode Function #4 : Autofocus (AF)
The Autofocus function has three options – AF-S, AF-C and MF.
AF-S (Autofocus Single) : Best for photographing objects that do not move, like portraits or flowers. You can use it to lock focus on the subject, before adjusting your composition.
AF-C (Autofocus Continuous) : Useful for photographing a moving subject, like a dog or a car. After you lock focus on the moving subject, the camera will automatically adjust its focus as it moves towards or away from you.
MF (Manual Focus) : This may be useful for creative compositions where you want an off-focus effect.
PRO Mode Function #5 : Auto White Balance (AWB)
The PRO Mode includes a white balancing feature, with five options :
AWB (Auto White Balance) : This is the default option, which automatically adjusts for the ambient lighting condition.
Cloudy : This works better under overcast skies.
Fluorescent : This corrects for discolouration under fluorescent lighting, as well as mercury and sodium-vapour lamps.
Incandescent : This corrects for discolouration under incandescent lighting.
Direct Sunlight : This is best used when the subject is lit by direct sunlight.
Once you go through them, you will be ready to start submitting awesome photos to the HUAWEI photography contests!
Low Light Photography
The HUAWEI P30 Pro Leica Camera has a new SuperSpectrum sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 409,600 for clearer and sharper lowlight photography.
You don’t need a tripod. Simply frame your shot, and press the shutter button to get your ideal photo in lowlight conditions!
Low Light Photo Example #1
Taking sunset shots has always been challenging, with the fear of losing details due to low light conditions.
However, the HUAWEI P30 Pro in its AI mode has helped me to achieve balanced shadows and highlights.
Check out how awesome the details are for both the sky and the sea. Backlight? No problem with the HUAWEI P30 Pro!
– Abeden Mung at Avani, Sepang
ISO 50 | Shutter Speed 1/3436s | F1.6 | 58mm (Normal Mode + AI Mode)
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Going the Distance
Low Light Photo Example #2
As I was on vacation in Bali, I stayed in Club Med which has Balinese architecture paired with natural elements like trees, lakes and grasslands.
This is actually a signature spot in the resort as all guests will have to walk past this stretch of rooms to reach their own.
One night, as I was walking back to the room after dinner, I realised that the night was exceptionally dark.
I knew that it was the perfect time to take a photo using the main 40MP sensor on the HUAWEI P30 Pro as it is using a new RYYB sensor, it can actually capture 40% more light than usual.
With the help of f1.6 aperture lens, I was confident that it will turn out amazing.
Well, I was right. This photo was taken with just a tap of the shutter button. No night mode or tripod needed. It’s simply mind blowing.
For the elements in the photo, I intentionally aligned the separation of real building and reflection to be 50% on top and 50% bottom to clearly show the difference and to fully expose the reflection on the lake’s surface.
The Moroccan Pavilion, Putrajaya with an ultra-wide angle lens (top), 5X zoom (middle), and 50X zoom (bottom)
Did you know that there is a piece of Morocco in Malaysia? Tucked away in a corner of the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens lies the exquisite Moroccan Pavilion, Putrajaya known as Astaka Morocco.
The detailing leaves me in awe. This spectacular shot was achieved with the Ultra-Wide Mode on the HUAWEI P30 Pro.
The key to a clear and sharp photo is the lighting. Explore and catch a good frame with the best lighting, find your angle, and snap! Use these tips with the Ultra-Wide Mode, and nothing will go wrong!
– Amsyar Naaif
Top image: ISO 50 | Shutter Speed 1/314s | F2.2 | 16mm (Ultra-Wide Angle + AI Mode)
Middle image: ISO 50 | Shutter Speed 1/136s | F3.4 | 135mm (Normal Mode + AI Mode)
Bottom image: ISO 50 | Shutter Speed 1/137s | F3.4 | 1343mm (Normal Mode + AI Mode)
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The HUAWEI P30 Pro has a Time of Flight (TOF) camera that is used for portrait photography. It sends out pulses of near infra-red light to accurately map the subject and separate it from the background. This allows for a more accurate and natural bokeh effect.
Just select the Portrait mode, and make sure your subject is less than 2 metres away, for the ToF camera to work properly.
Portrait Photo Example #1
Shadowed areas are well enhanced on the portrait mode using the HUAWEI P30 Pro thanks to the AI mode which helps me capture great portrait shots when it detects a face.
I’m shocked that even under harsh sunlight, I can still capture the Pakcik’s face clearly even from a low angle shot.
– Abeden Mung at Bukit Tunku
ISO 50 | Shutter Speed 1/2890s | F1.6 | 101mm (Portrait Mode + AI Mode) |
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Portrait Photo Example #2
This shot was taken earlier this month during Street Meet Johor, a photography event that gathers photographers and models that I organised.
I saw this event as an opportunity for me to test out the new HUAWEI P30 Pro to take some portrait shots and I wasn’t disappointed.
The trick for me is to ensure your portraits look as natural as it can be, you can adjust the Beauty Effect to lowest level possible to reduce the glowy effect.
Also, natural lighting is always the best choice.
– Faliq Fahmie
ISO 50 | Shutter speed 1/2890s | F 1.6 | Focal Length 27mm (Portrait Mode)
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Backlit Portrait Photography
The HUAWEI P30 and P30 Pro camera features the AI HDR+ technology, which uses AI algorithms to identify elements in the frame, like faces, buildings and the sun, to create an exposure map and intelligently apply it to minimise blown highlights while brightening shadows.
Just select the HDR mode, and wait for the focus on the subject to lock in, before shooting. It’s that simple!
Backlit Portrait Photo Example
Backlight photo of Marion Caunter at the Leica Factory in Germany
ISO 50 | Shutter speed 1/1094s | F 0.95 | Focal Length 52mm(2x) (Portrait Mode)
Eligible NEXT Image Awards categories
Going the Distance
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