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For most Android phone manufacturers, be frozen out by Google would be the death knell for business. And for most companies, period, being blacklisted by the United States government wouldn't just be the nail in the coffin, it would be the funeral march and the wreath on top. 

Not so for Huawei, which has actually seen growth despite its very public battle with the Trump administration. Indeed, it's likely that the US President's apparent crusade against the brand has only increased its popularity in foreign markets – including the company's China home , where the Chinese government itself is supporting Huawei's efforts to strike back against the American action.

Chinese state media was the first to break the news that Huawei was developing its own operating system to circumvent the need for Google's support. It seems that America's attempt to curtail Huawei's growth by cutting off its access to Android might have the net result of making the brand even more powerful…

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

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Huawei's HarmonyOS bespoke operating system will certainly be a key talking point for the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, as the phones are rumored to be launching without Google support, meaning that HarmonyOS might have to do a lot of heavy lifting.

We know that the Huawei Mate 30 will launch on 19 September in Munich, but given the proximity in both date and geography we would be astonished if it didn't make a showing at IFA 2019 – especially as the company will be announcing the Kirin 990 processor, which will power the phone.

The phones will feature a circular quad-camera array and an extreme waterfall display – we can't wait to see what kind of sensors it's packing!

Huawei Mate X

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Not at all discouraged by the Samsung Galaxy Folly Fold, Huawei is still pressing ahead with the Huawei Mate X – the world's first foldable 5G camera phone, featuring a 40MP Leica quad-camera array. 

This comprises the primary 40MP sensor with a wide-angle, f/1.8 lens; a 16MP affair with an ultra wide-angle lens and an f/2.2 aperture; an 8MP sensor with a telephoto f/2.4 lens and optical image stabilization; and a depth-detecting time of flight sensor.

When unfolded the Huawei Mate X features a huge 8-inch screen, with a 6.6-inch front panel (compared to the Galaxy Fold's comparatively modest 4.6 inches) and a 6.38-inch back panel when the device is doubled over. 

Huawei Mate X II

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The company hasn't even had its first serve yet, but it's already readying its backhand volley in the folding camera phone stakes, according to a recent patent registration.

While the screen on the original Mate X faces outwards when folded, the display on the Huawei Mate X II faces inwards – folding like a book and offering more protection when the device is in your pocket or bag.

The design boasts a secondary front screen to enable you to instantly check your notifications without having to open the phone. Food for thought, or the next phase of Mate X evolution?

Honor V30 / Honor View 30

Honor has confirmed two things about its upcoming flagship camera phone: that it will be called the Honor V30 (or Honor View 30 in territories outside China), and that it will be the company's first 5G-enabled handset.

It is widely expected that the new phone from Huawei-owned Honor will feature the soon-to-be-announced Kirin 990 processor – the new flagship chipset from similarly Huawei-owned HiSilicon. 

While Huawei has already produced 'its own' 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20X 5G, this will be the first handset to support the new network infrastructure from its Honor brand.

HarmonyOS

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Announced in retort to the aforementioned situation with the Trump administration, Huawei's HarmonyOS is the company's cross-device operating system that could, in theory, compete directly with Android and iOS – while also working across many more device categories.

With the company's new smartphones like the Huawei P30 Pro sporting a Harmony OS Kernel already, they will be able to create next-generation proprietary experiences as soon as the OS is rolled out. 

Fascinatingly, the OS isn't limited to phones or smart TVs (where the tech is set to debut, on the Honor TV) – in theory there’s no reason we couldn’t expect a HarmonyOS-powered DSLR, too, especially given the fact that it’s an open-source platform. 

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