Huawei was hoping to get a nice sales boost for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro as part of a U.S. launch by partnering with AT&T to make the device available through the carrier. A deal to make that happen fell apart mere days before CES 2018. Richard Yu was able to salvage some hope for the device by announcing availability through major retailers Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H.
Huawei says pre-orders will be accepted starting on February 4th and the device will be available starting on February 18th. The retail price is $799 for the Mate 10 Pro and it will be available unlocked in Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey and Mocha Brown. Perhaps disappointing for interested consumers, on top of the lack of direct carrier support, is the fact that the device will only work on GSM networks despite being an unlocked device.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes with a Kirin 970 processor produced in-house by Huawei and touted as the industry’s first AI-infused chipset. Huawei also equips the Mate 10 Pro with a 6-inch 18:0 aspect ratio OLED display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a Leica sourced 12MP dual camera setup. The smartphone also gets a 4000 mAh battery and will be delivered running Android 8.0 Oreo.
Along with the release of the of Mate 10 Pro, Huawei is also making a special Porsche Design version of the regular Mate 10 available through major retailers for $1,225. Huawei says this variant of the Mate 10 will be the most exclusive of the phone series. The Porsche Design elements include unique front and back glass designs and will be in a Diamond Black color.
In marketing their new devices, Huawei also announced a couple other moves. They have partnered with Montblanc to produce a leather case for the Mate 10 Pro. Unfortunately, initial sales of those cases will only happen in China later this month. Huawei also announced that Gal Gadot has been retained as a spokesperson – Chief Experience Officer in Huawei’s terms.
Look for more coverage from CES 2018 here at TalkAndroid as things get into full swing over the next couple days.