Huawei Mate 30 Pro is coming to the UK with FREE Huawei Watch GT2 and Freebuds 3

Here's when – and how – you can get your hands on a Huawei Mate 30 Pro in the UK

Huawei Mate 30
(Image credit: Huawei)

Six months ago, the internet was abuzz with rumours of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, just as it is now with the Chinese telecoms company's next offering, the Huawei P40. The phone became embroiled in the US' trade war with China, resulting in a ban on Google services such as Chrome, Gmail and the Play Store. However, after a long delay and a notable lack of services on the phone, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will at last arrive in UK markets. 

The flagship device will be available from February 20 and will be sold exclusively via Carphone Warehouse, but Huawei fans looking to snap up one of these handsets can register their interest from today.

Huawei's latest handsets have faced a turbulent launch period after Google shunned its products. It still won't sport Android apps or have the capacity to install them, but Huawei has its own email client which will support Gmail and a list of rapidly-expanding smartphone services to fill the void. It will thankfully still be based on Android 10 and its gesture navigation system, but reskinned as Huawei's own EMUI. 

The phone itself looks to be stellar, with a 6.53-inch 'waterfall' edge-to-edge screen called 'horizon display', four rear cameras in a circular housing and a large front-facing notch housing a trio of selfie cameras. It's 5G-compatible with a top-end Kirin 990 chip and a 4,500mAh battery powering the lot. 

Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G

Huawei Mate 30 Pro with its distinctive 'horizon display'

(Image credit: Huawei)

Together, it's enough to strike fear into the heart of a competitor, but the lack of compatible apps could prove the phone's downfall compared to newer flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S20

So in order to sweeten the pot, Huawei is offering a free pair of its true wireless AirPods competitor, Freebuds 3, along with a Huawei Watch GT2 smartwatch and fitness tracker, with every pre-order of the handset from Carphone Warehouse. The phone itself is priced at £899, which is not unheard of for a flagship phone of this calibre, but combined with the smart accessories, it becomes a true bargain. 

Is the addition of a Huawei Watch GT2 enough to tempt you into getting the Mate 30 Pro?

(Image credit: Huawei)

Can the addition of smart accessories tempt phone fans into pre-ordering a Google-less phone? Time will tell. However, we're excited to finally get our hands on the phone, not least to see how well it performs alongside other flagships such as the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. 

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Matt Evans

Matt Evans now works for sister brand TechRadar, covering all things relating to fitness and wellness. He came to as staff writer before moving on, and was previously on Men's Health, and slightly counterintuitively, a website devoted to the consumption of Scotch whiskey. In his free time, he could often be found with his nose in a book until he discovered the Kindle.