Three reviewing Huawei 5G smartphone launches following United States ban

Three reviewing Huawei 5G smartphone launches following United States ban

"That said, with an abundance of companies in Huawei's supply chain already having taken action to comply with the USA order, Huawei's ability to operate was already severely affected".

ARM licenses crucial semiconductor designs that form the basis of Huawei's Kirin line of processors which run nearly all of Huawei's and its sub-brand Honor's smartphones.

In the past few days, Huawei has found itself in a odd situation with the US Government.

The smartphone world was rocked yesterday by the revelation of an internal memo at ARM instructing employees to suspend any business dealings with Huawei.

British chip designer ARM halted relations with Huawei [HWT.L] to comply with a US blockade of the company, potentially crippling the Chinese telecom company's ability to make new chips for its future smartphones.

Though ARM has its headquarters in Cambridge, UK, it develops some processor designs in facilities in the United States, which subjects it to USA restrictions.

"ARM values its relationship with our longtime partner HiSilicon (Huawei's chip arm) and we are hopeful for a swift resolution on this matter". Presumably the upcoming Kirin 990 or Kirin 720 chipsets are affected by this as well, hence essentially crippling Huawei's next generation of flagship smartphones. The ARM architecture of chips is ubiquitously used and integrated into our everyday lives to the point that we are using them without realizing.


But ARM's move will have a much bigger impact on Huawei's ability to do business, particularly in the smartphone sector where the Chinese firm vies with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for global leadership.

The company may think that it won't be too hard to develop its own ecosystem by leveraging on its existing technologies and remaining partners, but the task might prove challenging.

As such, it's not unreasonable to assume that Huawei will be legally barred from using anything owned by ARM.

But some see this as an opportunity to get a quality phone on the cheap.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update this page when we have more information.

Huawei said late Wednesday that it is working with ARM about their partnership and that it hopes the situation can be resolved.

Huawei released a statement of its own acknowledging the pressure that has been heaped on partner firms, while calling the U.S. action "politically motivated".


"We are no longer accepting Huawei phones". The statement was released shortly after the USA temporarily eased some of the trade restrictions that it had placed on the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

Google took the major step of restricting Huawei's Android license, forcing the company to use the open source version of Android (AOSP) in its future phones and denying the company the right to pre-install major Google apps like YouTube and the Play Store.

Building a new mobile operating system is not an easy task.

The processor in a phone needs to work closely with the operating system in a device.

"We don't want to do this but we will forced to do that because of the U.S. government".

Only to be increasingly turned away from shops in places like Singapore and the Philippines, where not only are the stores saying no way to Huawei - but they're trying to dump the existing stock they already have.

As of now, there are no easy answers.


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