Huawei's AT&T deal may have failed due to political pressure

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He added: "We will continue to move forward with the best technology and design to create pioneering experiences that will help users move forward and rely more and more on Huawei's handsets to accomplish all their business and everyday needs".

The original rumors about an AT&T sales channel to US 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. According to the source, Verizon meant to sell the Huawei Mate 10 this summer, but it had recently been pushed back to fall, and now it appears there is a strong likelihood it will be cancelled altogether. Now Huawei confirmed the report and said the highly-anticipated Mate 10 Pro will not be sold in the United States through local carriers. Now that this deal has fallen through, the Mate 10 Pro will only be available through online retailers such as Amazon and some brick and mortar stores such as Best Buy. The company has repeatedly confirmed on their USA social media accounts that the new Mate smartphone would be unveiled on January 9. 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.

According to The Information, Huawei's smartphone deal with AT&T was killed by "political pressure".

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. Even so, the Chinese giant seems determined to fight for market share in the United States and continue to sell its flagship smartphones through any means necessary.

That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei.

For years, there's been a big hole missing in the US Android phone market.

The Mate 10 Pro is a top-of-the-line smartphone from Huawei with one of the best still image camera performances according to DxOMark. It's not a ideal solution by any means, especially because Project Treble-compatible ROM development is still so young, but it's a promising step that can be taken on this phone and any other device launching with Android Oreo. We'll update this story should things change tomorrow.

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