Concerned about security risks from smartphone makers based in China? Here are your alternatives.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (Taiwan)
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was announced for a US release at CES in Las Vegas last week, but the news was a bit muted when no partnership with a US wireless carrier was revealed. Statements indicate that US lawmakers may have influenced AT&T’s decision to carry the phone.
This week we see there is a new bill being introduced in Congress to ban US government agencies from using phones and other telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE.
The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro is made in Taiwan.
ASUS ZenFone AR (Taiwan)
The ASUS ZenFone AR is available on Verizon Wireless and was made in Taiwan.
Google Pixel 2 (Taiwan)
It’s not heavily advertised, but the smaller Google Pixel 2 was built by HTC in Taiwan.
Google Pixel 2 XL (South Korea)
The larger Google Pixel 2 XL was manufactured in partnership with LG in South Korea.
HTC U11 Life (Taiwan)
HTC is a Taiwanese company that manufactures its phones in its home country, for the most part. The HTC U11 Life is a nice affordable mid-ranger.
HTC U11 (Taiwan)
The HTC U11 is a gorgeous phone and is made in Taiwan. It continues to rival the best phones for photography.
LG V30 (South Korea)
The LG V30 is LG’s top current phone, especially if you are focused on video creation. It is made by LG in South Korea.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus (South Korea)
It is likely we will see the announcement for the Samsung Galaxy S9 at MWC in February, but for now the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are still very popular smartphones made in South Korea.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (South Korea)
As I start to grow bored of the Apple iPhone X, I am considering a move back to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It’s one of my favorite phones ever and it is made in South Korea.
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (Japan)
Sony just announced its mid-range lineup that is already up for pre-order. The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra brings a rear fingerprint scanner to the US market, along with lots of greatness at an affordable price. This phone is made by Sony in Japan.