Huawei’s new phone could be the first major hardware casualty of the US-China trade war

On a normal year, millions of Huawei fans anticipate the announcement of the company’s new smartphones. But 2019 is not a normal year.

In May 2019, Huawei was placed on a US trade blacklist, preventing US companies from doing business with Huawei without permission from the US government. As a result, Huawei cannot use Google’s Android operating system on its upcoming phone, the Mate 30 Pro, a Google spokesperson confirmed to Reuters.

Despite this, Huawei is still planning to launch its Mate 30 Pro smartphone on September 19. But the anticipation and excitement of a new Huawei phone launch within the company is likely now tainted by apprehension.