Huawei has been suffering the consequences of American sanctions for several years now, which prevent it from buying components using American technologies, but the manufacturer has not said its last word.
While the American embargo has caused the Chinese manufacturer’s turnover to plummet by 32% in one year, Huawei is today studying all the options at its disposal to be able to bring 5G back to its smartphones. Since 2019, the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration prevent Huawei from using components using American technologies. Huawei therefore cannot use 5G chips in its smartphones, since these are registered on American patents.
A few days ago, Derek Yu, president of Huawei’s consumer business in Central and Eastern Europe, Northern Europe and Canada, announced in an interview that the Chinese manufacturer has been able to invest in flagships , especially foldable smartphones, but also in the Mate and P series. Huawei would keep making its own 5G chip solutions to make its smartphones compatible again.
Huawei puts everything on charging around 5G
Even though Huawei missed out on 5G due to US sanctions, the company continues to work on the technology. According to Derek Yu, 5G support for Huawei’s mobile devices will return soon. We inform planes a few months ago that the manufacturer equipped to source Chinese 5G RF chips to enable its smartphones to be compatible with 5G networks, without using American technologies.
As of now, it’s unclear when Huawei might launch its own 5G chips, but it’s not worth expecting them to be available anytime soon. Indeed, the development of such technologies generally takes several years, it could therefore be that the next Huawei Mate 50 in 2022 is still not 5G compatible.
In the meantime, Huawei has unveiled its new strategy which will allow it to circumvent the American embargo. The company reportedly plans to keep its business afloat by allowing third-party companies to buy American components and design smartphones on its behalf. This therefore allows the Chinese manufacturer to put its logo on finished devices, even if the company did not design the smartphones itself.