The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has always been about drama. Most of it surfaces as (mostly) indirect jabs as companies aim to one-up each other in an endless technology footrace. On the other hand, Huawei has taken a more, for lack of a better word, traditional route by slamming US carriers during their scheduled keynote.
"Unfortunately, we cannot sell this phone through the carrier channels, but like last generation, we use the open market e-commerce channel. Everybody knows in the US market, it's 80, over 90% of smartphones sold are through the carrier channels," said Huawei CEO Richard Yu to a packed room. "Many people don't know about Huawei, we weren't selected by the carriers, and I think this is a big loss for us and for the carriers, but a much bigger loss for consumers because consumers don't have the best choice."
The meat of the keynote was truly about the Mate 10 Pro, a flagship competitor that is bezel-less, USB-C ready, and sports the Kirin 970 CPU, pricing at €699 ($824) for the Mate 10, €799 ($942) for the Mate 10 Pro. However, the underwhelming keynote carried over frustrations from Yu as he began to slam the likes of AT&T for pulling out of a deal last minute, a deal that seriously impacts the Mate 10's ability to hit the market.