Huawei is said to be trialing Kirin-series systems-on-a-chip with AT&T, The Information reports from sources. There’s major potential for the Chinese manufacturer to be able to go through with US-based carrier sales of its phones, but the tests have proved unsuccessful thus far.
AT&T would have to accredit the Kirin chips before negotiations can even begin about the carrier selling any Huawei phones. It is unknown if Huawei is pursuing carriage at T-Mobile or the CDMA carriers — nor do we know how compatible Kirin is with CDMA.
The world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer by volume has been selling Kirin-based products in the US direct-to-consumers and through retail partners. It also has previously sold phones in the US with Qualcomm silicon before prioritizing its Kirin line, developed under Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon.