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Rumor: the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro could be sold in AT&T stores in the US

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro may be getting a wireless partner. AT&T will allegedly team up with HUAWEI to release the phone in the US.

Published onNovember 8, 2017

The front of the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro.

Huawei normally focuses on selling its smartphones in Europe, its home market of China, and other Asian countries. Despite its massive sales around the world, it still lacks a presence in the United States beyond some online listings. That lack of retail presence makes it even more impressive that HUAWEI is the world’s second largest phone manufacturer.

But HUAWEI has its sights set on taking the top spot. Last month, the CEO of its consumer group, Richard Yu confirmed that it was not only gunning to pass Apple, but Samsung too.

We will overtake them definitely. That’s our destiny. Maybe I’m not humble … but nobody can stop us.

The most direct route to catching Samsung would appear to be to push into the United States. According to some new information dug up by XDA Developers, HUAWEI is doing just that. Rumor has it the company will allegedly release the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro exclusively on AT&T.

The information was uncovered in a firmware dump of the device that contained AT&T software. Additionally, the firmware obtained is named BLA-A09-att-us, while the international version is named BLA-L09. The naming convention might suggest some differences between the devices, but there is no evidence as to what those differences may be.

HUAWEI is finally putting a bigger focus on software updates
The firmware dump shows that the device will come with all of AT&T’s normal software, and Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8.0 on top. EMUI can be pretty polarizing and it’ll be interesting to see how it impact sales in the US. There aren’t many other phones in carrier stores with a software experience like the Mate 10 Pro.

Unfortunately, the leak didn’t provide any details on pricing or a release date. If you’re interested in picking one up, be sure to read our full review first.

Will you consider the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro as your next device? How do you feel about EMUI? Let us know down in the comments.

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