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Huawei Wins A Legal Battle Against Samsung In China

Huawei Wins A Legal Battle Against Samsung In China

Huawei is now the No. 3 smartphone maker globally (behind the more familiar names Apple and Samsung), but its longstanding inability to get carrier distribution means that even the greatest flagship will probably fail to make much of a dent in the U.S.

AT&T has been pressed to give up the deal after 18 US Senate and US Intelligence Committee members have signed a letter to regulators expressing concerns about Chinese companies' engagement in the US telecommunications sector.

Then along comes the Huawei Mate 10, a smartphone that's very almost as much of a flagship as any of those phones.

But plans of a business deal evaporated this week after concerns about security and ties to the Chinese government, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. "We have flexibility in who we support today, so adding Huawei, in addition to Apple and Android, would be nice", the channel partner said. With an AT&T deal reportedly falling through last minute, Huawei's hanging a lot on its latest celebrity spokesperson, Gal Gadot, as it looks to spread brand recognition globally.

Gal Gadot is being brought in as the company's new Chief Experience Officer, and while the title is likely nothing more than an honorific, it shows that Huawei knows it is facing an uphill battle against the likes of Samsung and Apple in trying to break into the US market without the assistance of an AT&T or Verizon.

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AT&T reportedly pulled out of the deal under pressure from USA lawmakers who wrote to the FCC citing concerns "about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular".

Huawei planned to announce Tuesday at a Las Vegas trade show it had struck an agreement to sell its smartphones through AT&T Inc.

However, it dismissed compensation claims made by Huawei and said that Samsung would be permitted an appeal.

An exhibitor takes a photo with a Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

"Everybody knows that in the United States market over 90 percent of smartphones are sold by carrier channels", he said. Incidentally, AT&T was the first mobile carrier for Apple when iPhone hit the market 11 years ago. Other countries around the world do not have that issue with Huawei. This means that in the end, a war will be waged between Samsung Electronics which wants to keep its technological advantages and Huawei which wants to remove its image as an imitator and prove its technological power in overseas markets such as the United States.

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