Although it has not been the smoothest road to get to this point, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is finally available to U.S. consumers via U.S. retailers. Slightly revising their schedules and plans announced at CES 2018, where the Mate 10 Pro was named the best smartphone, pre-orders are being accepted starting today through February 17th. Units ordered will begin shipping on February 18th.
Huawei is trying to sweeten the deal and entice buyers who might already be pre-disposed to being an early adopter by offering a $150 gift card from whichever retailer the buyer makes their purchase. Those retailers include Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H. Huawei had hoped to also make the Mate 10 Pro available through a major wireless carrier in the U.S. and had a deal in place in with AT&T. That fell apart though at the last minute amidst pressure from U.S. lawmakers seeking to limit Huawei’s participation in the U.S. market on concern of Chinese government spying.
Initially the Mate 10 Pro will be available in Midnight Blue and Titanium Grey, but Huawei says Mocha Brown will also be an available option in the near future.
For those with deeper pockets and a little more patience, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Pro will also be available for online orders starting on February 18th. This variant of the Mate 10 Pro comes with a special Diamond Black body, a bump in storage from 128GB to 256GB, some UI tweaks to go with the Porsche Design aesthetics, and a $1,255 price tag. The regular Mate 10 Pro price is $800.