Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are the latest flagship phones from China’s Huawei, however, like any other P series handset, these phones will not be sold by any American carrier. But there’s some good news for American fans.
In what is seen a significant step towards entering the American market, Huawei is believed to be locked in negotiations with the second biggest carrier in the U.S. – AT&T – over carrying its phones in future. The report comes from The Information, claiming that the carrier will soon accredit one of Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin chipsets for use in the U.S.
This was coming, especially after the Chinese OEM finalized deals with a bunch of Canadian carriers that include Bell, Fido, Rogers, and Videotron, where the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus will be sold in the region via the carriers. However, it seems the company’s relationship with AT&T is still in infancy. But given Huawei’s desire and target of beating Apple in the smartphone market in just a couple of years, there’s no doubt that this move is the best way to begin this journey.
Sometime back in 2012, Huawei was about to start selling its flagship phones through American carriers. However, the U.S. government determined that the company has close ties with the Chinese government and as such, the former believed that the latter would use Huawei devices sold in the U.S. to spy on the American people. Of course, Huawei denied these claims and it is the reason the company is back in contention for a slice of the U.S. smartphone market.
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are still new and in fact, they are not yet available for shipping in many markets across the globe, including the aforementioned Canada. Given that this accreditation process should take some time, we might not see the P10 and P10 Plus selling via official channels in the U.S. It’s just too soon.