Huawei attacks high-end smartphone market with the P9, but largely skips U.S. market

Huawei continues to attack the high end of the smartphone market with this week's launch of the P9 device at a high-profile event in London. Huawei executive Richard Yu touted the company's new flagship Android device, comparing its specs favorably with Apple's iPhone 6s and Samsung's Galaxy S7, both top-of-the-line handsets.

While many Chinese smartphone vendors have struggled as the worldwide market slows, Huawei's daring strategy of marketing more expensive devices has paid dividends. The company posted a 33 percent increase in net profit last year due in part to its handset sales, and it recently emerged as the world's third-largest smartphone vendor behind Samsung and Apple. The company maintains it has no plans to introduce its handsets to the U.S. in any meaningful way, but if it could somehow score an American carrier partner it could close the gap with its bigger rivals in a big way. Article