Huawei has set its sights on the U.S. smartphone market. AT&T was supposed to launch its flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, in the United States but the carrier ended up pulling out of the deal. Huawei has decided to go ahead and launch the Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 10 Pro unlocked officially through online retailers. According to a new report, the Mate 10 Pro is going to have VoLTE support on AT&T and T-Mobile.
AT&T reportedly pulled out of its deal to carry the handset due to mounting political pressure. Huawei isn’t a darling in Washington’s eyes and that appears to be affecting its ability to properly compete in the country’s smartphone market. Huawei is pushing ahead with the launch, though. It teamed up with several online retailers including Amazon to launch the Mate 10 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate 10 Pro in the country.
A senior XDA Developers forum member who has been accurate on many accounts in the past about Huawei news says that the U.S.-bound model of both handsets will have VoLTE support on AT&T and T-Mobile. They’re the two major GSM carriers in the country.
It appears that the unlocked models are simply repurposed AT&T variants that will be sold as single-SIM unlocked units in the country. Even though the handsets are reportedly going to support VoLTE, they won’t support VoWi-Fi or Wi-Fi Calling on both networks.
It’s also unclear what bands the two handsets support on each network. One can guess that they will have support for all of AT&T’s 4G LTE bands and most of T-Mobile’s.