After being placed in the entity list by the US commerce department, Huawei can no longer have access to the US-based supply chains unless special licenses are granted.
This impedes the firm’s ability to source or purchase critical components from the US for their new and upcoming smartphones.
Many believed this will deal a serious blow to Huawei’s smartphone business due to their heavy reliance on the US supply chain for parts and components. However, that doesn’t seems to be the case after all.
According to a new report from Wall Street Journal, the company’s latest Mate 30 smartphone in fact doesn’t contains any US-made components or parts at all.
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In a detailed analysis by UBS and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, it was discovered that the Chinese telecommunication giant has managed to secure critical components from alternative sources outside of US.
For instance, Huawei has begun sourcing audio chips from Dutch’s NXP instead of Cirrus Logic, and developed their in-house Bluetooth chips to eliminate their reliance on Broadcom.
Although Huawei has managed to seek alternatives for the hardware side, but it’s software side still remain as a pressing issue for the firm.
The lack of licensed Google Play apps and services have inadvertently lead to a delayed launch of the Mate 30 series smartphones in the global market.
Despite that, Huawei’s founder Ren Zhangfei remains confident that the firm can still become No. 1 smartphone brand even without Google.