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Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? (poll results)

Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? (poll results)

We asked you yesterday what do you think about the pressure that lawmakers put on Verizon and AT&T to ditch the deal with Huawei on the Mate 10 and 10 Pro, and it seems that the overwhelming opinion is carriers have missed out on good phones, though 21% of our respondents think that there is a reason for that. In any case, you can still get the Mate 10 Pro from Best Buy and other places, and use it on the T-Mobile or AT&T, though Verizon's approval would be a no-go now.

The emotional outburst of Huawei's CEO at the CES keynote was highly unusual for him. He usually stumbles bravely through the English pronunciation, repeating talking points from a slideshow, but at some point he paused and addressed the failed deal to bring the Mate 10 and 10 Pro on Verizon and AT&T. It was arguably due to lawmakers who raised concerns about letting a Chinese company in the telecom industry, be it with a consumer product. 

Richard Yu said in a pitched voice that the phones are bringing the utmost in Android privacy and security, while even in China the company is looked at suspiciously as it has shot up in the consumer electronics market in the span of only few years, and become the largest phone maker there, and third-largest in the world. Still, the baggage from the 2011 allegations that the Chinese government may have potential influence over Huawei apparently holds in Congress. 

In 2012, the US House Intelligence issued an advisory for US companies to abstain from buying Huawei and ZTE equipment, and, although this didn't apply to final consumer products like phones, the lawmakers again expressed concerns before AT&T and Verizon, and demanded the deal be stopped. While Richard Yu's words that in the end it's consumers that are losing variety and competition may sound like sour grapes, a few specifics of the Mate 10 Pro hammer his point home.

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[TITLE]AT&T and Verizon missed on these Huawei Mate 10 Pro features[/TITLE]

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[TITLE]Best battery life in its class[/TITLE]
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[TEXT]The Mate 10 Pro may check all the desirable boxes for a flagship this season, like a 10nm chipset, high-end dual camera, 6GB RAM/128GB storage, high screen-to-body ratio, and a glass body, but one feature really stands out - its battery life. Its generous 4000 mAh pack, certified by German testing, is good for a day and a half or two of heavy usage, thanks to the frugal screen and processor. That's about 50% more than the phones in its price range and specs sheet, and battery life is the main sore point of today's flagships.[/TEXT]
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[TITLE]Fastest LTE modem on a phone[/TITLE]
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[TEXT]The Mate 10 Pro is equipped with Cat 18 LTE modem of Huawei's own making that maxes out at 1.2 Gbps downloads. There is no current equivalent to this beast, and only upcoming phones with Snapdragon 845 like the Galaxy S9 or LG G7, will be able to brag with the same feat. It pays to be a telecom equipment company making consumer cell phones, after all.[/TEXT]
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[TITLE]Stellar camera[/TITLE]
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[TEXT]The performance of the Mate 10 Pro's dual camera is high up there with phones like the Note 8 or iPhone X, especially in low light (they all do fine when there is plenty of sunshine around). Here's the Mate 10 Pro shot of a busy Hong Kong street at night. Can you read the bus stop sign well?[/TEXT]
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[TITLE]This is the same shot taken with iPhone X, can you read it now, or can you see the bus stop lighting from all the halo around it?[/TITLE]
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[TITLE]Gesture-based finger scanner[/TITLE]
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[TEXT]Hauling groceries in one hand trying to quick-reply to a text that popped in your notification shade, or turn on your cellular data? Today's big screen smartphones present plenty of challenges towards one-handed operation, but the Mate 10 Pro's finger scanner is right where it belongs on a phone with 6" display - in the midle of the rear, right where your index finger goes. 

You can use it as a programmable button, slide the notification shade up and down, or swipe between your photos, all without touching the screen - it's the most versatile fingerprint reader, and you'll love it. What about in-display scanners, you ask? Good, but for now they are still at the bottom, and you have to stretch all the way down still.[/TEXT]
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[TITLE]Project Treble support[/TITLE]
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[TEXT]As one of the few phones that ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, Google's Project Treble was confirmed working on both the Mate 10 and 10 Pro. Treble unifies and standardizes the basic Android drivers and APIs, so that developers only have to deal with porting the front end, instead spending most of their time porting features to specific hardware, as they do with custom ROMs. This is supposed to speed up Android updates significantly, but the side bonus is that ROMs can be ported quicker, too.[/TEXT]
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[TITLE]Top-shelf screen-to-body ratio[/TITLE]
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[TEXT]Over 80% screen-to-body ratio is what separates grain from chaff when it comes to compact designs with huge displays, and the Mate 10 Pro delivers it in a tall and narrow, easy to grip and operate waterproof glass body.[/TEXT]
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