It's no big secret that Huawei is essentially prohibited from doing business in the US smartphone market
due to a seemingly never-ending trade conflict with China
and mounting suspicions of spying
, so when the company unveiled its latest high-end devices in Paris, we obviously didn't get our hopes up.
But while the Huawei P30
and P30 Pro
are certainly not coming to any major US carriers, one pretty high-profile retailer around these parts is already accepting pre-orders for unlocked configurations of both models. Before you get too excited, we should highlight these are explicitly listed as variants designed for use in Latin America. That means they're technically imported into the US, just like P20
, P20 Pro
, Mate 20
, and Mate 20 Pro units
sold at decent prices on eBay.
On the bright side, B&H Photo Video vouches for the full 4G LTE support of these bad boys on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon and Sprint's CDMA technology is obviously not compatible, and there's no information provided to early P30 Pro adopters regarding a US warranty. But surprise, surprise, the non-Pro version includes a limited 1-year seller warranty, which will no doubt be valid for the larger, beefier phone too.
The key selling point of the P30 Pro is undeniably that quad camera setup
All things considered, if you absolutely need to own a Huawei P30 or P30 Pro stateside, this is definitely a more trustworthy option than shopping through eBay. Incredibly enough, the handsets are not overpriced either, fetching $600 and $900 respectively.
At 900 bucks, the Huawei P30 Pro
goes directly up against an entry-level 128GB Galaxy S10
configuration (at its recommended US price), packing twice as much internal storage while shining in the zoom photography, fast charging, and in-screen fingerprint scanning departments. The 6.5-incher
also comes with a beautiful OLED display and discreet notch, as well as a powerful Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, and a large 4,200 mAh battery.
The Huawei P30 is certainly no pushover in the photography department either
The $600 "regular" Huawei P30
, meanwhile, substantially undercuts the $750 and up Galaxy S10e
with "only" three rear-facing cameras on deck, 128GB storage space, 8GB RAM, Kirin 980 horsepower, a 6.1-inch OLED panel, the same under-display fingerprint sensor as its big brother, and a respectable 3,650 mAh battery. Both the P30 and P30 Pro are available in black, "crystal", and "aurora" paint jobs from B&H, with the former model scheduled to start shipping on April 29 and the latter vaguely listed as "coming soon" at the time of this writing.
Don't wait too long, though, as orders will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis and something tells us initial supplies might be limited.