Huawei is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Despite that position, the company has had a difficult time cracking the U.S. market thanks to a variety of factors including lack of carrier support and the belief Huawei may be a nefarious actor working at the behest of the Chinese government. The latest reports indicate some of the shielding may be dropping when the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is released through AT&T in 2018. That could be bad news for Apple and other big manufacturers who have enjoyed not competing against Huawei in the U.S. market.
A new report from The Information says Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO, plans to release all of the details surrounding a Huawei U.S. carrier launch at CES 2018. Those details are expected to include AT&T as a carrier partner for Huawei, availability starting in February, and potentially an update on some EMUI changes being made for the U.S. market release. Having AT&T as a partner has been rumored for some time, so the big news the industry is watching for is whether Huawei has managed to convince any other carriers to make the Mate 10 Pro available.
One of the more surprising bits of information to come out is that Yu appears to have sent out a memo that describes certain elements of EMUI, Huawei’s custom skin used on their devices, as “stupid.” Many think this is a sign that the U.S. launch of the Mate 10 Pro will also usher in a new update to the Huawei skin for their Android devices.