It seems that Huawei is quickly running out of time to keep its mobile business from getting significantly impacted by its tussle with the US government. It has just confirmed that its upcoming high-end Mate 40 series flagship will be the last of its kind to bear its equally high-end systems-on-chip, the Kirin processors made by subsidiary HiSilicon. While there is still a great deal of uncertainty in HiSilicon’s future, Huawei has apparently gained an unlikely champion in Qualcomm.
It’s not that Huawei won’t be able to make smartphones anymore, it just can’t make them from parts and materials sourced from US companies. The latter is making it pretty much impossible for HiSilicon to manufacture Kirin processors for Huawei, potentially putting it out of business. Huawei’s only option at that point is to get its processors from Taiwan’s MediaTek and South Korea’s Samsung instead.
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