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Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro will be available from 1 November in Australia


Huawei's new flagship will be available through Optus or Vodafone, but should you instead consider buying outright?

Huawei is wasting little time bringing the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to Australian shores, with its new flagship phone going on sale here from 1 November 2018 and pre-orders opening up from 17 October 2018.

It will be available for direct sales through JB Hi-Fi, Kogan, Harvey Norman and Mobileciti, but you can also get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro on contract terms through Vodafone or Optus. Huawei is advising that pre-orders of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will score a set of Huawei Freebuds as well as a free wireless charger.

At the time of writing, only Optus has unveiled its Huawei Mate 20 Pro contract pricing terms, but there's a couple of other issues that you should consider if you're keen to get hold of Huawei's latest.

Australia will only officially see two colours of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, in Black or Midnight Blue. You'll be able to get either tone through direct sellers, but if you opt for a contract phone through Vodafone, only the Black option will be available. Go with Optus and it's Midnight Blue only for you.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a dual SIM phone when purchased outright, with one SIM card slot also serving as memory expansion via a new nano memory card specification. It's not a new phenomenon for Australian carriers to insist on contract phones being single SIM and that's a limitation that's true of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as well.

If you're keen on the Huawei Mate 20, the same single SIM limitation applies, although it'll only be offered through Vodafone. We'll update once we've got more comprehensive plan information to help you make the best comparison of your choices.

We've already gone hands-on with the Huawei Mate 20 and you can read our early impressions here.

For more coverage of the Huawei Mate 20 launch, check out our dedicated Huawei launch news hub here.

Alex Kidman travelled to London as a guest of Huawei

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