A cheaper Huawei Mate 20 Pro model exists but you can't have it

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A cheaper Huawei Mate 20 Pro model exists but you can't have it
The standard Huawei Mate 20 Pro's in-display fingerprint scanner

No matter which smartphone brand or operating system you may favor, there’s no denying the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the best smartphones of 2018. The device boasts an extensive list of high-end specifications and some rather unique features such as reverse wireless charging and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, all of this comes accompanied by a pretty hefty price tag of €1049 ($1198) in Europe.

The device was initially announced on October 16 for international markets but it wasn't until yesterday that its official debut happened in China. Here, the smartphone is naturally cheaper due to lower taxes and certain costs that Huawei can avoid. But from the looks of things, the company has also made some modifications to the flagship that bring the price down even further.

Retailing at the equivalent of €680 in China, Huawei has announced a version of the Mate 20 Pro that is identical to the international model in every way except one – it lacks an in-display fingerprint scanner. This version is joined by two more expensive models that do include the security feature. However, unlike the former variant, these both include 8GB of RAM. Furthermore, one comes equipped with 128GB of storage while the other ships with 256GB. These are available for the equivalent of €760 and €860 respectively.

Due to Huawei’s strategy outside of China, these particular models aren’t expected to go on sale in international markets anytime soon. Instead, consumers will have to make do with the standard Mate 20 Pro model that ships with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Alternatively, the regular Mate 20 is also available at a lower price point.

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