Chinese companies are making a big statement at the world’s largest consumer electronics show, CES — But there’s also some controversy.
CGTN’s Mark Niu has more.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei was expected to announce a deal to partner with U.S. carrier AT&T. But that has fallen through. According to a Reuter’s report, AT&T was pressured after members of the U.S. Senate and House Intelligence Committees sent a letter last month to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission citing concerns over espionage.
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. He unveiled a special version designed by Porsche and even introduced Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as Chief Experience Officer. But then Yu broke from the script addressing telecom giant AT&T’s last minute decision to pull out of a deal to carry Huawei phones in the U.S.
“We cannot selected by carriers. I think is a quite big loss for us and also for carriers. More big loss is consumers. Because the consumers don’t have this best choice in the market, ” Yu said.
But that won’t stop Huawei from selling the Mate 10 Pro online and at U-S stores, starting in February. Other big Chinese companies using CES as their launching pad include Lenovo, which ventured into new product categories like personal assistant-driven smart displays and a standalone virtual reality headset called the Mirage Solo.
“If you think about the new categories of online diagnostic, online health prevention, it’s a huge market that opens up for something like this, ” Lenovo’s North America President, Christian Teismann said.