Huawei was planning on finally getting some major U.S. wireless carrier support for one of its major flagship handsets (the Mate 10 Pro), but word is that AT&T backed out of those talks just a day before Huawei was set to make its big announcement at CES 2018.
So, without that carrier support, Huawei is moving forward anyway with a major U.S. launch. Today, the manufacturer officially announced that the Mate 10 Pro smartphone will launch in the United States as an unlocked device. It will go up for pre-order on February 4, and, soon after that, go up for sale on February 18. It will be priced at $799 when sales start, and you will be able to buy the smartphone from either Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Microsoft, or Newegg.
The handset will be a GSM-unlocked unit. You’ll be able to use it on carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Simple Mobile, and a few others. Verizon and Sprint customers are out of luck.
The Mate 10 Pro is a flagship, top-tier handset, and that $799 price tag certainly reflects that. Of course, it’s not nearly as expensive as many of Huawei’s competitors. Still, even with a slight different in price, all of Huawei’s competitors in the United States have support from the carriers, so the company still has a bit of an uphill climb ahead of it.
We will have to wait a bit longer to see a Huawei-branded smartphone sold on store shelves in U.S. carriers, it seems. Still, Huawei will more than likely continue to work towards that goal.
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