Huawei announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro last month but quietly revealed only one of them will be sold in the United States. Rather than seeing both phones offered, the U.S. will be limited to just the Mate 10 Pro. And now we’re learning the company might not go the unlocked route. Its flagship could turn out to be an exclusive for one major U.S. carrier.
The Mate 10 Pro, according to XDA Developers, is likely to be sold through AT&T and nowhere else in the U.S.
Firmware obtained by the publication confirms “att-us” as part of the file’s name. It’s unclear what the differences between AT&T’s model and the international model are, but you should expect the carrier to have a bunch of pre-installed apps and services on the phone. AT&T, like all U.S. carriers, often picks up exclusives so it can generate revenue from third-party partners wanting their products front and center.
Huawei’s Mate 9 debuted near the end of last year; however, it wasn’t released in the U.S. until 2017. The same is probably going to happen for the Mate 10 Pro. Huawei could showcase the phone again at CES 2018 in January, and then AT&T should step forward with pricing and availability.
If you’re not an AT&T customer, just cross your fingers that the Mate 10 Pro gets an unlocked variant like the Mate 9 did in 2016.