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China's Huawei and Xiaomi Working With Carriers to Arrive in US

Huawei Mate 10
Apple's Competitors
December 15, 2017

China’s two biggest smartphone makers hope to bring their devices to the United States next year to take on Apple’s iPhone. Huawei and Xiaomi are currently in negotiations with U.S. carriers such as Verizon and AT&T to make this happen, according to Bloomberg.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

With carriers no longer offering subsidies on new smartphone purchases, now could be the perfect time for these companies to compete in Apple’s backyard.

As Bloomberg explains:

Apple has a lot at stake in the U.S., where it is the leading smartphone maker. In years past, it’s been insulated from competition by strong support from carriers, which used to subsidize its expensive iPhones and lowered the upfront price for customers. These subsidies or discounts have gone away, as carriers moved to phone financing that spreads costs over two years.

Huawei and Xiaomi both offer Android-based smartphones. Because of this, I can’t see how they’ll knock Apple off its perch in the U.S. If anything, their entry here could hurt Samsung, not Apple. It will be interesting to see where things go from here.

Do you think Chinese smartphone providers can best Apple in the coming years in the U.S.? Let us know below. 

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