Wang Xiaofeng, a senior analyst at Forrester Research, said Huawei's US$150 gift card promotion was insufficient to convince many USA consumers to make the switch to a Chinese brand because these buyers typically bought their smartphones through instalment plans with carriers.
Huawei is touting the Mate 10 Pro as one of the early adaptors of the 5G network. The preorder going live is the result of a rough patch, however. The US version of the Mate 10 Pro will not come with dual-SIM support.
That said, Huawei smartphones will still work on both AT&T and Verizon, provided they are compatible with each network's requirements (GSM/ CDMA), but the two operators will not be directly offering the devices.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Mate 10 Pro will be available with a 6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of (2,160 x 1,080 pixels).
The Mate 10 Pro includes Huawei's in-house Kirin 970 chipset, which includes a Neural Processing Unit (NPU). The phone is juiced up by a 4,000 mAh battery. It has a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 20-megapixel color sensor. In addition to that, both phones ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with the company's Emotion UI 8.0 skin on top of Google's operating system.
Huawei is also offering a few deals on the Mate 10 Pro, which comes with an $800 price tag. Huawei has historically sold its phones online for those in the U.S., hindering the company's mainstream presence. But with the Mate 10 Pro, a crop of major US retailers - Microsoft, Best Buy, Newegg, B&H, and Amazon - will all sell the phone. However, if you pre-order the device now from any of the above listed online retailers, you would get a gift card worth $150.
Although it has not been the smoothest road to get to this point, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is finally available to us consumers via USA retailers. Having said that, the Mate 10 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10 are completely identical in terms of specs, and their design is also identical, aside from a different paint job and Porsche's logo on the PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10 variant.