CIA vs Huawei: intelligence agencies gang up on red menace like the Mate 10 Pro

In the latest installment of the “everybody is spying on us and we have to protect ourselves” drama, the US intelligence agencies have taken a firm stance against… the Kirin 970 chipset paired with dual f/1.6 aperture Leica cameras, and a 4000mAh battery. 

Yes, we are talking about the Mate 10 Pro, or other “products and services” made by Huawei or ZTE, lumped together in Tuesday’s Senate testimony by heads of security agencies like CIA, FBI, NSA, and others from the three-letter security soup that, thankfully, keeps us safe from election or NSA hacks.
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Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs. Mate 10 Porsche Design – what's different?

Since last week, two of Huawei’s newest high-end smartphones – Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design – are available to pre-order in the US. Both are offered unlocked, and will work on GSM/LTE carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T. While the Mate 10 Pro costs $799.99, the Mate 10 Porsche Design breaks the $1,000 barrier, as it’s sold for $1,225 (thus being more expensive than Apple’s iPhone X).
But what’s so different about the Mate 10 Porsche Design that Huawei dares asking an extra $425 for it? Well, let’s find out.
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Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro receive major optimization update, here are all the changes

Huawei has yet to penetrate the United States market, but after this year’s fiasco that seems like an impossible mission for the Chinese handset maker. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro may be great devices, but it looks like US carriers don’t want to sell them for various reasons (mostly political).

Since the Mate 10 Pro is already available for pre-order in the United States, you might want to know what updates you’ll be getting when the smartphone hits the shelves on February 18. That’s if you plan to buy Huawei’s flagship.

The new update labeled as build SP1C00 is being rolled out to …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro now available to pre-order in the US, $150 gift card included

Officially unveiled stateside last month at CES 2018, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro won’t be released via any US carrier. However, Huawei USA is launching an unlocked version of the smartphone (1-year warranty included), and pre-orders for it are available as of today, February 4.
At this very moment, you can pre-order the Huawei Mate 10 Pro from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg, all of which will properly release the handset on February 18. The new phone costs $799.99, and, for a limited time, it comes with a $150 Gift card. Interestingly, Huawei says the Mate 10 Pro …

Verizon follows AT&T's move, drops plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to subscribers after members of the congress, with the help of federal regulators, stood against it. Verizon has been going through the same thing, after dropping plans to sell the Chinese flagship to the U.S. audience. That means only channel left for Huawei to distribute its newest device is …

Unlocked Huawei Mate 9 receiving Android 8.0 Oreo in the US

Huawei kicked off the Android 8.0 Oreo roll-out for the Mate 9 last month, but the update wasn’t released in the United States. If you happen to rock an unlocked Huawei Mate 9 and live in the US, you’ll soon be able to update your phablet to Android 8.0 Oreo.

The update is now being rolled out to Huawei Mate 9 units with model numbers MHA-L29 and L09, which support GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. There’s little information on the contents of the update, but you’ll get EMUI 8.0 for sure along with most of the new Android Oreo features and improvements.

Since this is a staged …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro will support AT&T and T-Mobile VoLTE in the US

Huawei was so close to inking a distribution agreement with AT&T that the Chinese company has already manufactured carrier-specific Mate 10 Pro units. Unfortunately, after AT&T caved in under political pressure, the US version of Huawei Mate 10 Pro will have to be repurposed and sold unlocked.

For those of you who still want to buy the Mate 10 Pro even though it won’t be available at any of the US carriers, here are a couple of things that you need to be aware of before making your purchase.

First off, the US version of Huawei Mate 10 Pro will offer single SIM support, unlike …

Huawei Mate 10 Lite Review

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite is a mid-range phone sold across the globe (but not in the United States) as the more affordable sibling to the high-end Mate 10 series.

The phone features a 2:1 screen – one that’s taller than traditional 16:9 screens we used to see on virtually every new phone until about last year. It is built of solid metal and it runs on Huawei’s own Emotion UI interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. The Mate 10 Lite also has a dual camera system on both the front and the back, with a 2-megapixel secondary camera on both sides that allows shooting photos …

Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? (poll results)

We asked you yesterday what do you think about the pressure that lawmakers put on Verizon and AT&T to ditch the deal with Huawei on the Mate 10 and 10 Pro, and it seems that the overwhelming opinion is carriers have missed out on good phones, though 21% of our respondents think that there is a reason for that. In any case, you can still get the Mate 10 Pro from Best Buy and other places, and use it on the T-Mobile or AT&T, though Verizon’s approval would be a no-go now.
The emotional outburst of Huawei’s CEO at the CES keynote was …

Huawei Mate 10 Porsche and Watch 2 Porsche Design hands-on

Huawei’s just announced intentions to bring the Mate 10 Pro to the U.S. Fast on its heels is the Mate 10 Porsche, set to be released in mid-Febraury. The Mate 10 Porsche revs up specs a bit, while adding some class, and a whole lot of price, at $1,225.

While the screens of these two devices are nearly identical in size, the Porsche swaps in a 1080p OLED display, replacing the 1440p LCD of the Mate 10 Pro.

Both packing the lauded Kirin 970 flagship chipset, the Mate 10 Porsche offers two more gigs of RAM and ups the storage to 256 GB.

Aside from this, …