Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has launched a slimmed down version of its flagship P30 into the Australian market, despite global uncertainty over the brand’s future.

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Huawei is pushing the P30 Lite ($499) into JB Hi-Fi stores tomorrow, with PC World reporting the phone will also be available in Harvey Norman from June 7.

The release is a shot across the bow at other ‘flagship lite’ phones, such as Google’s Pixel 3a and Samsung’s S10e – but cheaper than both.

The phone will also be bundled with Huawei FreeBuds Lite wireless headphones.

Huawei is seemingly undeterred by the loss of its Android licence on future phones, plus vendor bans that could hurt its ability to continue making phones for any alternative OS to run on.

The company is currently the second biggest smartphone maker in the world, however, analysts forecast a 24% YoY shipment slump this year.

It remains to be seen whether Australian consumers will be able to look past these issues and embrace the P30 Lite.

As previously reported, several global carriers have moved to drop Huawei phones, with Microsoft removing Huawei laptops.

The new P30 Lite features 128GB storage, 4GB RAM, triple camera array and a 32MP front facing camera with built-in AI scene recognition.

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