Huawei confirms it will not sell the Mate 20 series in the United States

Huawei confirms it will not sell the Mate 20 series in the United States
Huawei certainly sells a lot of smartphones globally, but the company's presence in the United States is quite limited over national security concerns. The latest announcement coming from the Chinese handset maker doesn't help either, so fans in the US will probably have to refer to other retail channels if they want to buy any of Huawei's top-tier phones.

For example, the Mate 20 series will not be officially available for purchase in the United States. Huawei recently told Business Insider that it does not plan to sell any of the Mate 20 series phones in the US.

However, customers who absolutely must own a Mate 20 series phone, will probably find international variants of them at various US online retailers. Although Huawei doesn't have anything against these practices, it does encourage consumers to “carefully read the details about the warranty and network compatibility” before buying them.

On the bright side, Huawei said its new Watch GT smartwatch will soon be launched in the US for a price that will be announced closer to release.

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Mate 20
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4000 mAh
Mate 20 Pro
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh

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22 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I saw this coming. After what happened previously, I'm sure that it isn't worth the effort.

2. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

This is a huge win for Samsung in the US. Huawei would have made a major dent in their US sales. Although not always true, the East is heavily influenced by the West. Something that gets very popular in the US always attracts the worlds attention. If Huawei gets released and popular in the US, good chance that it would sell more in other parts.

8. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Nah, Samsung has nothing to worry about even if those huawei chinese clone phones were allowed into the US. Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 is far superior and cost less.

13. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

These Clone phones are taking technology forward when giants like Apple and Samsung have slowed down on innovation. I say slowed down, not stopped. There are many tech lovers in this site who would love for the Huawei to be released in the US.

17. sirohunter

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Absolutely, so sad that this phone won't be available here in the states :(( might have to look around the net to see if I can get one for myself, not sure if it they're capable to work with T-mobile though :/

3. alanrock

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

keep them coming in Europe Huawei.

4. matistight

Posts: 1031; Member since: May 13, 2009

It's an easy way for Huawei to say "These phones are hard to make so we can't give it to the entire world."

5. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

can you blame them , the carriers and everybody is against them with propaganda .. why would they spend money to get into that market when every other market is open to them and welcoming

6. Poptart2828

Posts: 467; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I have been importing phones since the first oppo find 5 and Huawei mate. Not one import has failed me yet except for the infamous xiaomi mi2 which was known for terrible build quality. I don't want this phone to be tied to a carrier. I'd rather import it fully unlocked.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

It's really ashame. The Mate 20 Pro looks stellar. Really wish this could have come to the US market. Is there even any validity to the whole security concern issue??

18. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

From my understanding, there is a security issue. Huawei did something quite some time back and US is in no mood to entertain another possibility. I am sad that such great phones won't be coming here. But it is a matter of security so I guess its okay.

19. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

No they didn't, there has never been any evidence of spyware on Huawei smartphones, and lots of very smart people have tried to prove otherwise.

22. SaRPeR

Posts: 152; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

That is just political non sense. There isn't any security concern about Huawei. They just hate the idea that a Chinese company gaining market share in US.

9. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I was really looking forward to that Nintendo Switch killer with no games...what a shame. /s

10. hazard1

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

A loss both for Huawei and for US customers. I have used two huawei phones: the Mate 9 and nexus 6P. Both were excellent phones.

11. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

just import it

12. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Apple and Samsung doesn’t want anyone else in their sandbox.

14. swarai

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

And when Huawei discontinued the unlocking of bootloaders I stop having them as an option so we're even

15. D34ever

Posts: 236; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

I hate it when the obvious is stated.

16. ECPirate37

Posts: 347; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I'm getting the Mate 20 Pro the day it comes out here in China. I wish we got the pre-order bonus here that they get in Europe. Instead of free wireless charger and watch, I'll get... A selfie stick. hahahaha I'll gladly trade that if anyone wants. ;-)

20. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And a cheaper price which i would take over items that i don't want.

21. Telemike

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

At least Honor phones are sold in the USA, so there should be a new Honor based on the Mate 20 coming. The Honor View 10 I have is incredible for the $400 I paid

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