Software - Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1.0

At this point of time, it would be a broken record for me to re-explain what EMUI 9.1.0 really is, and how it performs. You can check out our review on the Huawei Mate 20 or the HONOR View20 (though it is called Magic UI, but it’s the same thing).

It is still a usable Android skin but it just feels dated and the lack of features make it feel like it’s a two-year old phone. I can only mention to you that with other advancements from Samsung with One UI, OPPO with ColorOS 6, and Xiaomi with MIUI 10 – Huawei has quite a lot of catching up to do in terms of its software side of things.

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333

Huawei P30

The launcher is outdated – and it does not even have the option to enable the app drawer. Currently, it still works just like an iPhone and have all the app icons on the home screen.

Shortcut buttons and gestures are also missing. One feature that I like from both Samsung and Xiaomi is the ability to enable double tapping the power button to launch camera. This shortcut works everywhere and has helped me take some time-critical shots. Huawei needs to have this shortcut.

The power management on EMUI 9 is also very aggressive. Apps were killed left and right and I have to manually disable this massacre to have my apps working properly. Also, they’ve made it excruciatingly difficult to manually manage the app holocaust. Just make it simpler to use.

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