Chinese Giant Huawei has finally and officially confirmed that some of its handsets will be sold by US wireless carriers, starting sometime in 2018. The first such phone will be in its Mate 10 family of devices.
ABC News, quoting Richard Yu, the president of Huawei Technologies’ consumer business. He stated, “We will sell our flagship phone, our product, in the U.S. market through carriers next year.”
The Mate 10, and its higher-end brother, the Mate 10 Pro, went on sale in China and other markets earlier this fall. Previous rumors claimed that the Mate 10 Pro would be sold by AT&T and Verizon in 2018.
Yu didn’t reveal any information about the carriers but he did state that more information on those sales plans will be announced in early January during CES 2018.
Huawei is currently the number three seller of smartphones worldwide, trailing behind only Apple and Samsung. Yu stated today that the company’s phones, as sold by carriers, would be “competitively priced” in the US market.
Yu stated today that the company’s phones, as sold by carriers, would be “competitively priced” in the US market.
Yu says that Huawei does not expect their plans to be hit by security concerns by the US Government which would result in delay.
When asked about how Chinese-based smartphone companies like Huawei could use those devices to spy on consumers, Yu denied that would be the case, and suggested that those kinds of complaints were either politically motivated, or perhaps generated by its competitors.