Huawei's AT&T U.S. smartphone deal collapses

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

AT&T has reportedly backed out of its initial deal with Huawei, but the Mate 10 Pro will still be sold in the United States through a number of online stores.

On the other hand, as the supposed Huawei-AT&T deal did not push through, customers in the United States can still get an unlocked Mate 10 Pro through other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy for $799, and pre-orders will be accepted starting on Sunday, Feb. 4.

While Huawei has been selling unlocked units of their flagships through online stores in the US, they are yet to carry out sales through major carriers like AT&T - which remains to be a popular choice among Americans when purchasing new handsets.

Huawei has battled accusations that it poses a U.S. national security threat for several years, while Chinese company ZTE has also come under fire for its global practices.

A Huawei spokesman declined to comment. It was the most important deal of a Chinese company that was blocked since Donald Trump took office at the White House.

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The flagship Mate 10 Pro that was to be introduced is Huawei's most high-end product to date, equipped with its own AI-powered chips that Huawei says process data much faster than those used by Apple and Samsung. In it, concerns were raised over the major USA telecommunications carrier's collaboration with Huawei.

In 2012, said Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE should be barred from any mergers and acquisitions because the two firms posed a security threat to the US.

Huawei is the world's third-largest smartphone brand by volume of sales, following Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. It is expected to launch big in the United States, but carrier partner AT&T dropped off of the deal at the last minute. "Our newest consumer solution, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, is the smartphone that US consumers need and deserve", he continued.

Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who played the title role in the 2017 Warner Bros. movie "Wonder Woman", is the new celebrity sponsor of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Ms. Gadot will join Huawei's marketing efforts as the company introduces its Mate10 Pro mobile phone to US market.