Huawei Mate 9 Release Date, News & Updates: No U.S. Carrier Willing To Sell The Chinese Company’s Flagship Model
The Huawei Mate 9 is scheduled to launch in China and Europe in Christmas. The Huawei Mate 9 is also expected to release in the United States in January 2017, but there are rumors that it might not sell well.
Softpedia revealed that the Huawei Mate 9 may not be successfully in the United States because of its reputation. In 2012, a congressional report advised American carriers to avoid Huawei, claiming that China might spy on American users.
The Chinese company denied the allegations, but carriers apparently took the report's recommendation and were wary about selling Huawei devices in the country. Furthermore, the Huawei Mate 9 will need to undergo major changes in its mobile chips to accommodate Sprint and Verizon, which use CDMA networks.
At present, Sprint and Verizon have not yet stated that they are interested in carrying the Huawei Mate 9. The only two major U.S. carriers that rely on GSM networks, AT&T and T-Mobile, have yet to express their interest as well.
Huawei is also currently involved in a patent dispute with the Magenta carrier, making a partnership very unlikely. This leaves AT&T as the only American carrier that may offer the Huawei Mate 9 when it releases early in 2017.
The Guardian stated that the Huawei Mate 9 features a 5.-inch 1080p LCD display, an octa-core Huawei Kirin 960 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal memory expandable via microSD card. The Huawei Mate 9 will also arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5 out of the box, 12-megapixel with OIS + 20-megapixel monochrome rear cameras and an 8-megapixel front shooter.
The American high-end smartphone industry is currently dominated by Apple, with 39 percent, and Samsung, with 22 percent. Huawei is the No. 3 smartphone manufacturer in the world with 9.4 percent, but it is not as popular in the United States, taking only 0.4 percent of the market in the third quarter of 2016.
Huawei has not actually focused on American buyers in the past years. Now that it is keen on joining the competition with the Huawei Mate 9, it seems unfazed by the challenges and plans to stay for the long term. More updates and details on the Huawei Mate 9 are expected soon.