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Chinese court rules Samsung violated Huawei patent

AT&T has decided not to carry phones by Chinese smartphone maker Huaawei after concerns about security

A deal with AT&T would have helped Huawei to take a further step in challenging Samsung's leadership of the global smartphone market by making an aggressive foray into the USA arena.

The letter said Congress has "long been concerned about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular", according to the Times' report. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters.

In December 2017, Huawei consumer business head Richard Yu told Associated Press that the company will start selling the Huawei Mate 10 Pro through us carriers next year and will reveal details about the same at CES 2018. Those are hefty price tags that compete with the Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the iPhone X. Of course, these three devices are sold by carriers and can be bought on long-term plans, while the Mate cannot. Wonder Woman was one of the highest grossing movies in the USA past year and Gal Gadot's performance was appreciated by critics and audiences alike.

"The Mate 10 Pro proves that excellence isn't just about standout features but rather consistent quality across the board", said the judges of Android 2017.

The patent infringement spat between Huawei and Samsung took shape in 2016 amid mounting competition between two of the world's largest smartphone vendors.

The China-based telecom operator Huawei failed to make a deal to sell its new smartphones through the USA operator.

Among the deals killed recently by the multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) were Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc (MGI.O), the purchase by China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners LLC of a U.S. chip maker and plans by Zhongwang USA, backed by a Chinese aluminum tycoon, to buy a U.S. aluminum maker.

Huawei didn't quite have the CES 2018 coming out party for the USA market that it may have wanted. Media reports cited carrier security concerns regarding Huawei's ties to the Chinese government.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu told a keynote audience why its new Mate 10 Pro smartphone is more advanced and more secure than both Apple and Samsung devices.

But Huawei's dominance is again stoking fears among Washington security and intelligence experts, who worry major US carriers might be tempted to turn to the Chinese giant.

In the meantime, the court rejected other claims made by Huawei.