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Blow for Huawei as AT&T deal collapses at the last minute

Blow for Huawei as AT&T deal collapses at the last minute

Sure, it sold phones unlocked through online retailers, but the only way to sell a real number of phones is via carrier partnerships.

The original rumors about an AT&T sales channel to USA consumers in 2018 began with comments in December from a Huawei executive who promised additional details at the CES 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, which opened in Las Vegas on January 8.

The first-of-its-kind Kirin 970 processor in the built-in world of the Mate 10 Pro delivers advanced technological features - automated learning and in-depth learning - allowing the phone to learn and understand the user's behavior every day.

"We will sell our flagship phone, our product, in the USA market through carriers next year", Richard Yu, the president of Huawei Technologies' consumer business, said in a December interview, which was confirmed at the time by a Huawei spokesperson. The company has repeatedly confirmed on their USA social media accounts that the new Mate smartphone would be unveiled on January 9.

Speaking to a source familiar with the company's plans, Verizon is facing political pressure to cancel the launch a Huawei smartphone later this year.

Huawei was supposed to announce its deal with AT&T during CES 2018 this week, but AT&T apparently canceled its arrangement with the Chinese phone maker. Members of the Senate and the House intelligence committees actually sent out a letter on December 20 to the FCC raising concerns over Huawei's alleged ties to the Chinese government and its intelligence and security services. The company, effectively shut off from the US since this incident, has always been seeking to make a return.

So when a report emerged late past year that Huawei had partnered with AT&T to sell the Mate 10, its newest flagship, it would have been a body blow to Samsung.

"The U.S. market presents unique challenges for Huawei, and while the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will not be sold by U.S. carriers, we remain committed to this market now and in the future", the electronics giant said in a statement. "We are proud of the continuous success of our smartphones, and we are very pleased that the Mate 10 Pro has received the 2017 Smartphone Award from a prestigious organization, the Android Authority". Thanks to Project Treble, a generic build of AOSP Android Oreo without any Huawei software can be installed on the Mate 10 Pro (as I have done on my own device).

Huawei announced that the Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, and Titanium Gray models would be available in the United States.

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