Firmware files have now leaked that appear to support findings from early November, which suggested that Huawei's Mate 10 Pro flagship would be arriving in the U.S. via AT&T. The pre-release build was first spotted via XDA Developers, though the original article has now been taken down. It was later posted to Reddit via a guide for paid installation by Redditor "FunkyHuawei," who claims that the file can be used to flash currently released versions of the device to AT&T's firmware. Although Huawei has not commented on the matter, the firmware does not require an unlocked bootloader to install which would support the claim that the firmware is official. Furthering that claim, once installed, AT&T-specific applications and features are said to be available on the device, as well as Huawei's EMUI 8 Android overlay. If that is the case, then previous rumors may be all but confirmed, with the notable exception of an actual timeframe for when the device will arrive at or be announced for the carrier.
For those who may not recall, the Mate 10 Pro is Huawei's most recent flagship smartphone which only just launched in the Europe last month and sells for roughly $941 USD. The device has the specs to back up that price, as well. For starters, its 6-inch, Full-HD+ AMOLED screen is HDR10 capable and squeezed into an all-metal, nearly bezel-free frame. The frame also houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera with a f/2.0 lens, backed up by a dual camera setup on the back. The main shooter is comprised of a 12-megapixel standard sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, similar to a couple of other high-praise flagship designs. There's also a fingerprint scanner built into the back side of the device and an IR blaster along the top edge. Processing is taken care of by a brand new Kirin 970 octa-core SoC, which also features a brand new, A.I.-specific Neural Processing Unit on the chip. That's all driven by Android 8.0 (Oreo). For storage, the device comes in two configurations, though the latest leak suggests that the more generous offering of 128GB of storage coupled with 6GB of RAM will be what hits U.S. customers. Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is powered by a comparatively massive, non-removable 4,000mAh battery and the whole package is IP67 water and dust resistant. Charging is accomplished via USB Type-C, with an adapter included for high-resolution audio out via headphones since there is no standard headphone jack.
Unfortunately, there is still no official timeline associated with when U.S. users can expect to get their hands on Huawei's latest device. There has been some speculation that an announcement will be made at CES 2018, which takes place in January. However, even with the leak of apparently official firmware, without any confirmation from Huawei, it looks as though everybody is just going to have to wait and see.