Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

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

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

Its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, for example, will apparently be available unlocked for customers to buy, an unnamed source told the publication.

That placed Huawei's smartphones at a considerable disadvantage compared to Apple, Samsung and other phone makers whose products are readily available from mobile carriers' stores.

Amid reports of ongoing talks between the two companies, AT&T has announced Huawei phones will not be part of its handset offerings.

The AT&T deal died a few weeks after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the Federal Communications Commission raising concerns about reports that Huawei had struck a deal with a major telecommunications carrier.

WSJ noted that the failed AT&T deal marks a setback for Huawei and its ambition to be the world's leading smartphone brand. No explanation for the decision has been given, and a Huawei spokesperson would only say that "Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the U.S. market".

Huawei confirmed the news at CES 2018 in Las vegas, Nevada.

As a reminder the the Huawei Mate 10 Pro features a 6 inch AMOLED display that has a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, it is powered by a Kirin 970 Processor.

Huawei's plans for growth in the USA led to heightened scrutiny by Congress. That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei. The latter's mobile devices will not sell through a USA telco anytime soon, but Android fans need not fret. Huawei has denied these allegations for years now, but it looks like AT&T was unwilling to take the risk.

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