Huawei does not use any components of American origin in its smartphones anymore. Banned from the US market by Donald Trump, the Chinese manufacturer has managed to get rid of its usual suppliers. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro do not contain any chip from the United States.
According to Fomalhaut Techno Solutions engineers and UBS financial analysts, Huawei no longer integrates components from the United States into its smartphones, report our colleagues from the Wall Street Journal. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, the latest flagships of the brand, do not contain US components. The experts at Fomalhaut have visibly dismantled the two smartphones to make sure. All the brand’s smartphones released after May 2020 would be concerned. As a reminder, the Huawei P30 Pro contained 0.9% of US components.
In detail, Huawei has notably replaced the audio amplifier of Cirrus Logics by a component designed by the Dutch NXP Semiconductors. Similarly, the manufacturer no longer relies on the technologies of Qorvo or Skyworks but on components signed Murata, a Japanese firm. Finally, Huawei also dropped Broadcom’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips to bet on its own components.
Asked by the Wall Street Journal, a spokesman for Huawei said the firm would prefer to continue to work with its usual suppliers. “This is impossible because of the decisions of the US government, we have no choice but to find an alternative source of supply from non-US sources,” said the spokesperson. The firm has visibly found strong alternatives to the US technologies contained in its phones.
More US components in Huawei’s 5G equipment
According to the Wall Street Journal, Huawei has also managed to emancipate US technologies present in its network equipment 5G. ” Our entire 5G network is now stripped of components from the United States. We would like to continue using US components. It’s good for the American industry. It’s good for Huawei. But that does not depend on us, ” says John Suffolk, the chief cybersecurity officer at Huawei.
In these circumstances, the efforts of Donald Trump to bar Huawei’s access to 100% of the US technologies available in the world seem useless. Nevertheless, the manufacturer is not yet able to do without its partnership with Google and Android. Harmony OS, the alternative home OS, is not yet ready to replace Android on smartphones.