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Huawei's Mate 30 smartphone contains no US parts - teardown study

Monday 2 December 2019 | 08:59 CET | News
Huaiwe’s Mate 30 smartphone contains no US parts at all, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an analysis by UBS and Japanese tech lab Fomalhaut Techno Solutions. The 5G phone was unveiled in September, with its own Huawei app store and Huawei Assistant. The phone runs on the company’s Kirin 990 processor and chips from Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductor. Power amplifiers provided by Qorvo or Skyworks were replaced with chips from HiSilicon, Huawei’s in-house chip design firm, the teardown analysis showed.

The move to replace US parts comes after the US banned companies from supplying to Chinese phone manufacturers. The ban pushed Huawei into looking into alternatives. Still, smartphones without access to Google apps are hardly usable in certain, and especially, Western countries. 

Huawei long relied on suppliers like Qorvo, a North Carolina maker of chips that are used to connect smartphones with mobile towers, and Skyworks Solutions, a Woburn, Mass.-based company that makes similar chips. It also used parts from Broadcom, based in San Jose, California, and Cirrus Logic, from Austin, Texas. 

A spokesperson from Huawei said the company’s “clear preference (is) to continue to integrate and buy components from US supply partners. If that proves impossible because of the decisions of the US government, we will have no choice but to find alternative supply from non-US sources.” Huawei executives say they anticipated the blacklisting after years of US pressure on the company and last year started stockpiling spare parts. The company also started identifying non-US suppliers and started working on its own replacement parts, according to Huawei executives. 

Huawei has said it bought USD 11 billion worth of US technology in 2018, a spokesperson said.



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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Broadcom / Cirrus Logic / Google / Huawei / Qorvo / Skyworks
Countries: World
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