After trying to make a major splash in the U.S. this past year, Huawei is retreating thanks to state-sponsored xenophobia. And it said today that it will not even try to sell its newest flagship smartphones here.
“We are not planning to sell the Mate 20 Series in the U.S.,” a Huawei statement explains. “While international variants of the Mate 20 Series may be available on some US online retail sites, we encourage individuals to carefully read the details about the warranty and network compatibility before purchasing.”
As you may recall, Huawei originally planned to launch its Mate 10 series handsets in the U.S. via AT&T and Verizon, the country’s biggest wireless carriers. But the Trump administration demanded that the firms drop the phones because Huawei is a Chinese-based telecommunications giant that threatens U.S. interests. Later, Best Buy also agreed to not sell Huawei’s flagships.
And that’s a shame: As I noted in my review, the Mate 10 Pro is “a beautiful, powerful, and affordable Android flagship,” and the firm deserves to compete in an open market with other smartphone makers here.
In an ironic twist, Huawei in August overtook Apple, the U.S-based consumer electronics giant, to become the number two maker of smartphones worldwide behind Samsung. This despite not being able to sell its phones in the U.S., the second-biggest smartphone market in the world. If current trends continue, two other Chinese smartphone makers, Xiaomi and OPPO, could surpass Apple over the next year or so as well. So much for that xenophobia strategy.
Anyway, those U.S. consumers who are still interested in Huawei’s next flagships will still be able to purchase European variants of the phones. Unless, of course, the White House bans the Internet next.
Huawei first provided the quote above to Business Insider for some reason.