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Every single day across the United States millions of people use a smartphone that was made in China and let’s face it, there aren’t many smartphones that are ‘not’ made in China, but despite the fact, the U.S. government is apparently not prepared to trust phones made by Huawei, one of China’s largest technology companies.
The US is currently dominated by Apple and Samsung and even without the huge US market. Huawei is now the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, they shipped 153 million smartphones in 2017 alone.
So clearly contrary to US security fears the rest of the world has no such worries. This in part is due to Huawei’s willingness to work with regulators and governments so they are happy in the integrity of Huawei products and therefore they are permitted to sell crucial infrastructure and devices in markets such as the UK, where Huawei gave full access to its source code to GCHQ experts in a clean-room environment. It was examined, and declared secure and safe for UK citizens. Huawei has extended the same olive branch to the US officials, which sadly for US consumers they haven’t been receptive to.
I wouldn’t go as far to say that there is Sinophobia taking place against Huawei nor would I like to speculate around the reasons why the US has mistrust for Huawei, but that being said I struggle to grasp the logic behind it especially given Huawei’s transparency as mentioned above, also beyond that why would China risk the integrity and reputation of one of it’s most successful companies and biggest employer, to undertake espionage that I would presume they could achieve the results of via other means if they so wished?
The mistrust has meant that US carriers Verizon and AT&T have buckled under the pressure and decided against selling upcoming Huawei phones, including the Mate 10 Pro, but that doesn’t mean US-based consumers won’t be able to get their hands on one of the devices if they so choose.
Huawei have now announced pre-orders are being accepted for the $799 Mate 10 Pro across multiple online retailers with no contract or carrier required. The current retailer line-up includes Amazon, B&H, Newegg and Best Buy. So clearly the carriers loss will be a huge gain for the online retailers.
If you are considering picking up the unlocked Mate 10 Pro ahead of its February 18 release date, Huawei is willing to sweeten the pot in the form of a $150 gift card. This purchase incentive is only available to those who pre-order and it can only be used at the retail website you purchased the device through.
It’s worth mentioning that ordering the Mate 10 Pro has technically been available to US residents for some time now but only in the form of warranty-less international stock.
If you want to pick up the device with its two-year US warranty intact, now is the time to do so. I have has a play around with the Mate 10 Pro and in my opinion it is the best smartphone in the world. The battery life is epic and it has cutting edge features such as inbuilt AI and world class cameras.
If you would like to read more about Huawei, check out my piece with Huawei founder Mr Ren Zhengfei here
I will be upgrading my Huawei P10 as soon as possible to a Mate 10, so watch out for my full review of a Mate 10 Pro. 🙂
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