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Huawei launches latest model in the UAE amid ongoing security dispute

Chinese smartphone giant says new model is now available in the UAE for online registration of interest until December 15

Huawei launches latest model in the UAE amid ongoing security dispute

UAE smartphone users can now register online for the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro following delays caused by the company's ongoing security dispute in the United States.

The company said the new model is now available in the UAE for online registration of interest that will run until December 15.

It added that demo displays are also available in Huawei Experience Stores in Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre for those who are keen to experience the phone which includes the new SuperSensing Cine Camera system co-engineered with Leica.

The new model will be available in limited quantity in two colour variants and priced at AED3,599.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro does not pre-install Google Mobile Services amid the US ban on Google services for the Mate 30 Pro.

Huawei said last week it has petitioned a US court to overturn a ban imposed last month against the company and its Chinese rival ZTE on national security grounds.

It added that all existing Huawei devices in the UAE are not affected and will continue using Google services such as Google Play and Gmail along with required updates.

Latest figures reveal that the US issues have hit sales for Huawei in the Gulf region, dropping down from its number-two position in the regional smartphone market for the first time in a year.

According to the latest figures International Data Corporation (IDC), Samsung continues to be the most popular smartphone in the GCC, followed by Apple in second and Huawei in third. 

Huawei slipped down to number three in the region with 17 percent – it had been sitting at 25.7 percent in Q1 and was tipped to seriously challenge Samsung’s top spot.

"Unfortunately for Huawei, the dynamic smartphone market had other plans," said Nabila Popal, senior research manager at IDC. "Its phenomenal growth trajectory took a turn for the worse in Q2 2019, when its share dropped to 21.2 percent due to its well-documented problems in the US and the huge success of Samsung's A series across the region."

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