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Huawei: This must be taken into account when purchasing cell phones and other devices from the manufacturer


Are Huawei products still worth buying? We reveal what effects the embargo has for you as a user of a Huawei cell phone, tablet, laptop or wearable.

  1. Impact of the trade embargo on Huawei phones and tablets
  2. Effects of the trade embargo on Huawei smartwatches, fitness trackers and headphones
  3. Impact of the trade embargo on Huawei laptops
  4. What about Honor cell phones and Co.?

Huawei is subject to a US trade embargo. This also has an impact on you as a potential buyer. What you have to expect or have to live with if you buy a Huawei product now, you will find out below.

Impact of the trade embargo on Huawei phones and tablets

As a result of the US trade embargo, Huawei's cell phone and tablet portfolio was divided into two groups: older devices that appeared before the embargo and are still equipped with Google services (GMS) and devices without. The latter run with Huawei's own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem. You can find out how well HMS performs compared to GMS in our detailed test. That will also help you decide whether an HMS cell phone is the right choice for you.

The purchase of an older Huawei cell phone or tablet, which came on the market with Google services before the embargo, is definitely worth mentioning. The Huawei P30 Pro smartphone still offers sufficient performance and an above-average camera for a street price of around 500 euros. You also still have full access to Google services and receive security patches.

ModelsGoogle servicesHuawei services
Huawei P smart Pro
Huawei P30 Lite New Edition
Huawei P30 Pro New Edition
Huawei Y6s
Huawei P Smart 2020
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Nova 5T
Huawei P40 Pro
Huawei P40
Huawei P40 Lite
Huawei P40 Lite 5G
Huawei P40 Lite E.
Huawei Mate XS
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Y5P
Huawei Y6P
Model overview Huawei smartphones with Huawei or Google services

You only have to do without major Android updates such as Android 11. This can be problematic if you also use your mobile phone in everyday work, for example, and your employer requires a certain Android version for this.

Effects of the trade embargo on Huawei smartwatches, fitness trackers and headphones

In addition to cell phones, Huawei has long since discovered the wearables business. With the smartwatch Huawei Watch GT, the Bluetooth headphones Huawei FreeBuds or the fitness tracker Huawei Band, the company offers numerous popular products.

You can still buy these without hesitation, because they mostly use their own proprietary operating system, which is not restricted in its functionality by the embargo.

The only restriction: the Huawei App Gallery is now required to pair the gadgets with an Android mobile phone. Because Huawei can no longer offer its apps for the coupling on Google Play, you will only find outdated versions here. We'll show you how to install the Huawei App Gallery in a separate article.

Impact of the trade embargo on Huawei laptops

When buying a Huawei notebook, you don't have to worry about any restrictions at the moment. The devices continue to run with Windows 10, Microsoft has received a corresponding exemption from the US government. So if you are toying with the purchase of a Huawei Matebook as a MacBook alternative, you can buy it without hesitation.

What about Honor cell phones and Co.?

What we said about buying Huawei products also applies to Honor products for every product category. It remains to be seen whether the situation will change as a result of the sale of the Huawei subsidiary to a consortium. It is too early for an evaluation here, we will keep you informed.

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