Huawei skirts US ban with 'new' P30 Pro, but only the colors are new
The phone isn't actually new, which means it could still use Google apps.
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Huawei unveiled what it called its "new" P30 Pro flagship smartphone on Friday at
2019 in Berlin, but it turns out to be the same P30 Pro handset, just in two new colors. Richard Yu, who's CEO of
's consumer business unit, said the new colors were "inspired by nature." They are mystic blue, which is supposed to look like the sea on the horizon, and misty lavender, which is meant to look like a sunset.
"Today I bring our new phone, new
," Yu said in Huawei's IFA press conference.
An ad for the "new" P30 Pro phones shows them being used to take photos of clothes and food in the same shades of pinkish purple and blue.