Once claimed to lead the 5G smartphone market, Huawei now buys 4G chips to maintain operations

The Chinese tech giant is considering buying a Snapdragon 4G chip to maintain its smartphone business and escape the US chip ban.

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Huawei

A few weeks ago, Huawei president Guo Ping noted that chip sourcing is now the company's biggest problem and it is putting its future at risk. Huawei is the chip designer, but no company can manufacture these chips due to the US ban. However, there is now a solution to this problem.

According to Phonearena, Huawei is looking to remove 5G chips from its new smartphone lines and use 4G versions of Snapdragon 778G and 898 chipsets for upcoming devices. This will allow the company to continue to transact with existing business partners without having to worry about the US government's chip ban.

The P50 is the company's latest product line powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, chips manufactured by Samsung Foundry. However, Huawei is expected to look for a 4G version of the Snapdragon 778G to include in its mid-range phones. The Nova 9 series is the most likely candidate to receive this chipset.

Huawei also wants to order the 4G version of the Snapdragon 898 SoC for flagship devices. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset is currently used in several other brands' flagship devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Its next generation will power flagship phones Huawei's head, of course, does not support 5G.

Huawei will have to stick with 4G chips, while other competitors have gradually overtaken.
Huawei will have to stick with 4G chips, while other competitors have gradually overtaken.

Today, even mid-range smartphones are gradually adding 5G support. Launching phones and even flagship models that don't support 5G seems like a crazy move in such a competitive market. However, there is no plan B and that is the only way for Huawei to survive. The Kirin 9000 SoC is Huawei's latest chip that can be used in the company's P40 and Mate 40 series.

The Mate 50 is expected to launch with a 4G version of the Snapdragon 898. Furthermore, the handset is scheduled to launch for 2022, which suggests a delay due to chip supply issues. . Currently, the Snapdragon 4G chip is Huawei's only way out.

The US chip ban has caused problems for Huawei and even forced the company to enter new businesses such as mining and car technology. However, this Chinese company decided to continue with the Snapdragon 4G chip to keep its brand alive in the market.

Of course, US sanctions aren't just limited to hardware. Huawei even lost access to some Google services and that's why they are investing in building a new operating system called HarmonyOS. The company is also trying to replace the Google ecosystem with so-called Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) so that it can be completely independent.

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