Xiaomi recently launched the Mi 10 series comprising the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro in Europe. The smartphones will compete with a bunch of powerful new smartphones. These include the Huawei P40 flagship smartphone series that recently launched. However, Xiaomi has one big trump card against its Chinese rival in Europe and that is the presence of Google services and apps. The company has also taken advantage of this leverage. Also Read - Huawei P40 Pro Plus comes with Samsung OLED panel; P40 Pro uses multiple suppliers
The European version of the Mi 10 Pro includes an inscription that says “with easy access to the Google apps you use most”. This isn’t really a flagship feature to boast of, compared to the other specifications the Mi 10 Pro rocks. However, the inscription serves a small yet important reminder to European buyers that the Mi 10 Pro has something the Huawei phones lack. Also Read - Huawei P40 Pro is the new leader in DxOMark rankings for main camera and selfie camera but does that matter
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Brands trolling each other has been a common practice lately where a company will take a dig at another for something that they lack. For instance, when the iPhone 11 series launched without support for higher refresh rates, OnePlus did not miss the opportunity to troll the brand. Ever since Huawei has lost Google apps and services, Xiaomi has been the first brand to take a dig at them. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro DxOMark results out; beats Huawei Mate 30 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
Just like the Mate 30 Pro launched last year, Huawei’s entire P40 series does not feature Google services at all. Even the Google Play Store is missing and instead, the phones have the Huawei AppGallery as part of the HMS (Huawei Mobile Services). To make matters worse for Huawei, the P40 series costs about the same as the Mi 10 series.
Xiaomi’s rise in sales
Xiaomi recently became the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Once the trade ban between US-based companies and Huawei came into effect, the brand has seen collapses in the international space. As of February 2020, reports have revealed that Samsung leads the market in terms of numbers at 18.2 million units. This was followed by Apple with 10.2 million units and the Xiaomi at 6.0 million.