This year was a hopeful one for Huawei. The Chinese OEM has sold phones unlocked in the U.S. for years, but it always hoped to bring one of its smartphones to the West with a carrier partner. Things changed in December when Huawei CEO Richard Yu, announced its Mate 10 Pro flagship would be launching sometime in 2018 with a U.S. carrier.
Unfortunately it didn’t pan out that way. The company just announced it’s bringing the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the United States this Feb. for $799 — without a carrier partner.
The phone — available in midnight blue, titanium grey, and mocha brown — will be sold unlocked at Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg, and B&H on Feb. 18, with pre-orders beginning Feb. 4. If you’d like to see the device in person, brick-and-mortar Best Buy stores will have it on display. It’ll be compatible with GSM networks in the States, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, and Tracfone.
A report from The Information claimed AT&T pulled out of the partnership due to “political pressure”, after the Senate and House intelligence committees sent a letter to the FCC raising concerns about Huawei’s plans. The Information‘s report has not been verified by AT&T nor Huawei, so we aren’t able to take this as fact.
It will take consumers a long time to forget about failed foray into the United States.
If the report is to be believed, this is an absolute nightmare for Huawei. Pulling out of a major partnership like this, days before its announcement, is a big deal. It will take consumers a long time to forget about Huawei’s failed foray into the U.S. market.
The Mate 10 Pro isn’t the only new Huawei phone coming to the States. The Porsche Design Mate 10 will also be available unlocked on February 18 for $1,225. The luxury device will be sold via Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, and Porsche Design stores in the U.S.
Huawei also had some non-smartphone news to share at CES this year. The company is launching the world’s first hybrid smart home network solution, which aims to support the long list of WiFi-connected home products. The Huawei WiFi Q2 Series will automatically connect to the fastest hotspot and frequency nearby to deliver a reliable signal throughout the house.
Be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority for more CES 2018 coverage.