Huawei Mate 10 Pro officially launching in the US for $799
posted by Nikolay Todorov / Jan 09, 2018, 4:45 PM
As expected, Huawei just announced that the Mate 10 Pro is coming to the US. The smartphone, built to compete against heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X, and the LG V30, will go on sale on February 18 via Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H. Pre-orders are set to open on February 4.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro in Titanium Grey
Rumors were pointing at a potential partnership with AT&T for the US release of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, but this isn't happening, at least not for now. Instead, the smartphone will be sold for $799 – unlocked and compatible with GSM carriers only, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile and Tracfone.
Given the price, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is far from an instabuy, but those who choose to get one aren't likely to regret the decision. As we pointed out in our in-depth Mate 10 Pro review, the phone stands out with impressive battery life, while its dual camera takes spectacular photographs. A 6-inch OLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a water-resistant, glass-on-metal body complete the premium package.
In addition to the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei is bringing the Mate 10 Porsche Design variant to the US, the looks of which have been tweaked for an exclusive look. In terms of specs, however, this premium handset is nearly identical to the Mate 10 Pro, save for the inclusion of 256GB of on-board storage. Those who don't mind spending $1,225 on a Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 will be able to do so on February 18.
Welcome to the New Era of Connectivity: Huawei to Launch Mate 10 Pro in February in the U.S., World’s First Hybrid Smart Home Network Solution
Huawei introduces Gal Gadot as the company’s first Chief Experience Officer
LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2018 – Today at CES® 2018, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) revealed that its breakthrough HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available in the U.S. through major electronics retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H beginning on February 18, with pre-orders beginning February 4. Huawei also unveiled the world’s first hybrid smart home network solution. The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 series is a true plug-and-play Wi-Fi system designed for the entire house.
With its impeccable design, smart functionality, long lasting battery power and New Leica Dual Camera, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available unlocked for $799 USD in Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey and Mocha Brown and will be on display at select Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com. The unlocked HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will operate on GSM networks in the U.S. including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile and Tracfone, giving consumers the flexibility to choose their carrier and contract.
“We’ve experienced unprecedented growth worldwide and are now bringing our award-winning products to the U.S.,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei is and has been in the U.S., and is part of a community of visionaries that strive to push boundaries and improve daily lives through technology. Our newest consumer solution, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, is the smartphone that U.S. consumers need and deserve.”
As part of today’s announcement, Huawei also introduced world-renowned actress Gal Gadot as its first Chief Experience Officer. In this new role, Ms. Gadot will help shape the company’s brand experiences and play an active role in listening to and providing ongoing ideas to inform how Huawei will bring the best experiences to its consumers.
“Huawei is constantly pushing the boundaries and bringing cutting-edge technology to its customers, and I’m honored to join the company as it launches the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro in the U.S.,” said Ms. Gadot. “Partnering with an innovative brand like Huawei is incredibly exciting for me, and I look forward to playing an integral part of the company’s growth in the year ahead.”
In addition to the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, the new Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available for $1,225 USD beginning February 18 through major electronics retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and Microsoft as well as from end of February in Porsche Design Stores in the U.S. The Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 offers the ultimate premium design. As the most exclusive of all devices across the Mate 10 Series, it combines Porsche Design’s aesthetic craft with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise. Its unique front and back cover design are entirely encased in elegant yet robust glass and comes in a luxurious and exclusive Diamond Black color.
“With Huawei, we have a passionate and world-wide respected partner that shares our values and goals which built the foundation for the creation of the new Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10. Our unique design language is apparent in the extraordinary device,” said Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group.
“We are delighted to continue the successful partnership with Huawei and to bring outstanding smartphones to the market that meet the expectations of our demanding and tech-savvy customers.”
Huawei also announced its partnership with Montblanc to release a new leather case created exclusively for the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro. Designed to complement the sleek design of the device, the Montblanc leather case cradles the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro in luxurious, soft black grain leather. The Montblanc case will be available later this month in China.
Key features of the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro include:
A powerful, faster and more personalized mobile experience, with the ability to reach gigabit LTE speeds
New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, with both featuring an aperture of f/1.6, and intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI-powered Bokeh Effect
A slim, yet large 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered Battery Management to power you through music playback, video playback, browsing and calling
6.0-inch QHD+OLED HUAWEI FullView Display enabling you to see more and do more on a clean, continuous screen
Kirin 970, AI-enhanced computing architecture with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU)
World’s first end-to-end fast charge safety certification by TÜV Rheinland, a renowned industry leader for over 100 years
Too expensive to make a real impact. Don't get me wrong, I own a P10 and the Mate 10 is just as good or better than any iPhone or Samsung. But something around $650 would have made a splash. Personally I think the "ordinary" Mate 10 is a better phone and perhaps would have been a better choice for the US market.
I'd buy the regular mate 10 or even the mate 9. I'm not sure why Huawei is only pushing the premium models only. I get the thirst for profit. But your assessment is correct about the better fit of the regular mate10 for the US market.
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