Don't even bother trying to get a Huawei Mate 30 Pro in Australia

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
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[Update: 11/11/2019] Huawei has issued the following statement regarding Mate 30 Pro availability in Australia:

“Huawei can confirm that there are plans to bring more Mate 30 Pro devices to Australia, however, we are unable to confirm the date at this stage.”

Amended article continues below:

It was confirmed for local release back in September, but now we finally have an Australian release date and pricing information for Huawei's controversial new flagship, the Mate 30 Pro

Available in Australia from November 21, 2019, the Mate 30 Pro is the first Huawei handset to be released since the US government introduced trade sanctions against the Chinese tech giant – sanctions which specifically restrict American companies from doing business with the smartphone maker.

For its local release, Huawei has priced the phone at AU$1,599 – a surprisingly high cost for a device that lacks official access to any Google apps or services, including the Play Store.

The real kicker? Only 200 units will be available at launch, and you'll need to enter a competition for the chance to even purchase the phone. 

Though Huawei originally confirmed to confirmed TechRadar that there were no plans to sell the Mate 30 Pro outside of this limited promotion, it now appears that more units will become available at an undetermined date. 

While the Mate 30 Pro may be lacking in the Google apps department, it does run Android 10, albeit with Huawei's own EMUI 10 interface. Of course, without Google Play Store access, users will have to settle for Huawei's alternative AppGallery store, or sideload apps at their own risk. If those apps rely on Google services that aren't available, they're unlikely to work as intended – if at all.

That said, there's no denying the phone's photographic prowess – Huawei's new flagship boasts a quad-Leica camera setup on its rear with dual 40MP sensors (wide + ultrawide), an 8MP telephoto lens and a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth sensor. On the front, it's got a 32MP wide camera for selfies and yet another 3D ToF sensor.

If you're willing to jump through a number of hoops that may ultimately lead absolutely nowhere, you can register your interest on the Huawei Promotions site for a chance to be one of only 200 people to own the Mate 30 Pro in Australia at launch.

Those who are successful will be able to buy the Mate 30 Pro for the lowered price of AU$1,399 and will also get a pair of bonus FreeBuds 3 valued at AU$299.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.