CES is typically the home of major announcements and a glimpse into the future of technology, but sad news can occasionally spring up. The source of a bit of bad news this time around comes from Chinese giant Huawei, who spoke on the failure to ink a deal with AT&T for US distribution of the Mate10 Pro. The company is taking the move in stride, though, and will be making the phone available on Best Buy, Amazon, and other online retailers.
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"Yu finally addressed the issue at the end of the keynote, admitting that the loss of US carrier support hurt Huawei. But he stressed that it was a bigger blow to consumers who lose out on a strong option for a smartphone."
There seems to be a great deal of politics at play here and, rumors say, Verizon may be stepping away from Huawei phones as well. Whatever the result of these things, Huawei is hard at work attempting to penetrate the US market. The company has hired Gal Gadot of Wonder Woman fame and is also trying to work their pseudo-independent Honor brand into US stores as well.
The Mate10 Pro will be priced at $799 for the unlocked device and a Porche Design version will also be available in the US. The standard version has a six-inch 18:9 OLED screen, Kirin 970 processor, Android Oreo, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and dual cameras. The Porsche edition will cost $1225 and has 256GB of storage. Both will start to ship February 18.