The Huawei Mate 9 could be made available in the U.S. next year, months after it was rolled out in other parts of the world. The Chinese tech giant's latest high-end Android smartphone was released in November for various launch markets, including China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The smartphone came in two versions: a regular Mate 9 and a Porsche Design Limited Edition.
Recently, noted mobile industry insider Evan Blass announced that those in the U.S. may soon be able to get their hands on the Huawei Mate 9. "Huawei Mate 9 going on sale in the US on January 6th," he said in a Twitter post. The announcement was accompanied by a photo of the base model of the Huawei Mate 9, seemingly indicating that only the regular version will be offered stateside.
The mobile phone tipster's claim is in line with previous reports that Huawei has no plans of releasing the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design Limited Edition in the U.S. The Porsche-designed Huawei Mate 9 will hit European store shelves in late December through the Porsche Design stores. It will be made available in other parts of the world in January.
It should be noted that the supposed Huawei Mate 9 U.S. launch date revealed by Blass coincides with the Consumer Electronics Show 2017. The highly anticipated annual event is one of the largest consumer electronics and technology trade shows in the world. It will be held in Las Vegas from January 5 to 8 next year.
Tech Times says that the Huawei Mate 9 could hit U.S. retailers unlocked as Huawei may still be having difficulty finding a carrier partner for the smartphone. No official U.S. prices for the Huawei Mate 9 have been released, but tech watchers expect the device to be priced the same as in other markets. Currently, the Huawei Mate 9 sells for €699 in Europe.