Google reinstates Huawei Mate 20 Pro in Android Beta Q program

Google reinstates Huawei Mate 20 Pro in Android Beta Q program

In the last few weeks, Huawei has been the subject of a proverbial beatdown as the Trump administration ratcheted down on the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer with the governmental equivalent of a scarlet letter in the form of an Executive Order banning US companies from doing business with Huawei. After a bandwagon of vendors have cut ties, the tide now seems to have turned as Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro has been added back to Google’s Android Q Beta page sometime last night on 30 May.

This backtrack by Google effectively means that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now back on the list of officially supported devices that can run the next-generation Android Q Beta. Ultimately, this means that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro can download beta versions of Android Q which is set to supersede the current-gen Android 9 Pie.

Mate 20 Pro Beta Q page screencap

As it stands, the Mate 20 Pro remains one of Huawei’s most powerful flagship phones with a large 6.39-inch OLED display that has 3,120 x 1,440 pixel resolution, their current-gen Kirin 980 octacore processor which also sees service on the latest Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage and a triple rear camera array that consists of a primary 40-MP rear camera, a secondary 20-MP ultra-wide camera and an 8-MP telephoto camera. Up front is a 24-MP selfie camera. Keeping the whole affair powered is a 4,200mAh battery charged via a USB Type-C port. Released last year, the Mate 20 Pro is still available in the Malaysia market.

That means that current owners of the Mate 20 Pro can breathe a little bit easier that their device will receive updates for the foreseeable future at least until Android Q and for those yet to hop on the bandwagon, Huawei Malaysia is still offering the Mate 20 Pro for sale on their official website at RM2,999 for the 6GB RAM/128GB model in three different colours. For a review of the Mate 20 Pro, check it out here.

Mate 20 Pro

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