Surprise: Huawei P30 and P30 Pro pre-orders are live in the US, warranty included
by Adrian Diaconescu / Apr 13, 2019, 7:25 AM
Huawei P30 (left), P30 Pro (right)
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.
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 $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.
Posts: 265; Member since: Jul 21, 2014
They look like beautiful phones. I'd get one if it weren't for the iOS look. Wish they had a vanilla android look to it
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 8:01 AM 11
Posts: 760; Member since: Jun 27, 2016
Stock android = a lifeless world. It's looks and feels boring.
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 8:15 AM 12
Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 13, 2013
your concern is piece of my s**t, lol. I'll still buy it because that's the only phone beats sammy. Again, don't get me wrong, let the customers choose whatever they want, you just watch your own mouth, since when sammy fans have become so nosy？
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 11:21 PM 1
Posts: 163; Member since: Mar 26, 2013
Lol, it only beats sammy with night photography and zoom. Every other category samsung is better. Problem with these kind of phones is the little annoyance that you start to notice after using it for a while. Eventually you realise Samsung is still ahead on the android market and is still better optimised. (No im not a fanboy, owned the iphone 7, lg v30, huawei mate 20 and now on the s10+. If you want to call me a fanboy, then im an apple fanboy lol)
posted on Apr 14, 2019, 1:22 PM 1
Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 28, 2018
Because the Co-Ceo loves iOS. She's using an iPhone 7 and a maccbook, but not her own products.
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 8:34 AM 1
Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 18, 2017
$600 P30 enters OnePlus' territory. Great value.
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 9:19 AM 4
Posts: 2819; Member since: Dec 14, 2017
Yeah but it doesn't really compare to the vastly superior OnePlus.
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 10:55 AM 2
Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 23, 2017
Quite unexpected, but for $600 P30 is much much much better purchase than S10e (not to mention regular S10). Great job, Huawei!
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 4:55 PM 3
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