Qualcomm can now sell (some) smartphone chips to Huawei

Qualcomm can now sell (some) smartphone chips to Huawei


  • Qualcomm has reportedly confirmed that it may possibly provide some chips to Huawei.
  • The agency is barely allowed to produce 4G processors to the Chinese model.


We first heard murmurings final week that Qualcomm obtained a license to produce some smartphone processors to Huawei. Unfortunately, each events refused to touch upon the report on the time when requested by Android Authority.

Now, Qualcomm has confirmed to Reuters that it has certainly obtained a inexperienced gentle to promote cellular chips to the Chinese model. But there’s a massive caveat hooked up to the license although, because the US chipmaker is barely allowed to promote 4G chips to the agency.

“We obtained a license for quite a lot of merchandise, which incorporates some 4G merchandise,” a Qualcomm spokesperson was quoted as saying by the newswire. The consultant confirmed that the 4G merchandise have been associated to cellular units and added that Qualcomm nonetheless had extra license purposes pending approval.

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What does this imply for Huawei?

There’s no phrase on the precise 4G processors Qualcomm is ready to promote to Huawei, however it may nonetheless assist the Chinese model beef up its portfolio of telephones.

Huawei isn’t any stranger to Qualcomm chipsets, having used them in its low-end and mid-range smartphones earlier than the US commerce ban. So we’d anticipate the Chinese producer to take the identical strategy this time. After all, Huawei’s chip manufacturing companions similar to TSMC have been barred from coping with the agency, that means that it may possibly not manufacture its in-house Kirin processors.

It’s unclear what this newest improvement means for the agency’s flagship telephones although, which have used 5G-enabled Kirin processors for some time now. Huawei beforehand confirmed that the Mate 40 sequence would be the final flagship powered by a Kirin chipset. So presumably the agency might want to both use stockpiled MediaTek chips or flip to Qualcomm’s much less succesful 4G chips if it desires to launch flagships in 2021.

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In any occasion, this newest information nonetheless means Huawei could be on the again foot in 2021, as 5G networks proceed to pop up and telephones drop in value.

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