Everyone remembers when the rug was pulled out from under Huawei’s feet the day before they planned to announce a partnership with AT&T to sell the new Mate 10 Pro. It was the talk of CES 2018 and the result of the US government’s claim that the Chinese company was a threat to national security. ZTE was next in the crosshairs, but the penalty thrown on them was much harsher. They were ultimately banned from using US parts and software for seven years, meaning no Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft and most importantly, Google. That last one meant no Android OS. The phone maker was finished… Until a last minute deal between China and the White House threw them a lifeline.