Back in 2019, Huawei was blacklisted and placed in the “Entity List” by the US Commerce Department. This banned the Chinese tech giant from buying or selling products to or from other US-based companies. Google is one such example as the company can no longer ship its smartphones with Google Play services or other Google apps.
Now, a report from Financial Times has revealed through a breakdown of the Huawei P40, that the device still features parts made in the US. The device was recently released by the company and is its latest flagship model. But for those unaware, American based companies are specifically prohibited from selling components to Huawei, unless they receive a special license and authorization.
The Trump administration has been open with its accusations of the Chinese group on the grounds of spying and espionage. This has caused Huawei to look for other alternatives since then for internals for its devices. The disassembly was carried out by XYZone, a company based in Shenzhen, China, and is known for disassembling and identifying the brands that supplied the internal components.
So now, we will have to wait for Huawei’s official response to this new dilemma. Thus, it remains to be seen if the US government takes any actions against the telecommunications giant, especially a legal course of lawsuits. So stay tuned for more reports regarding this.ccount
The biggest surprise was that some parts from US companies were still ending up in the newest Huawei smartphone, despite the US all but banning its companies from selling to the Chinese tech company.
The P40’s radio-frequency front-end modules were, according to XYZone’s teardown analysis, produced by Qualcomm, Skyworks and Qorvo, three US chip companies. RF front-end modules are critical parts of the phone that are attached to the antennas and required to make calls and connect to the internet.
The Qualcomm component is covered by a licence from the US commerce department, according to a person familiar with the company. Qorvo and Skyworks did not respond to requests for comment.
“Huawei has shown resilience by replacing many US components over the course of a single phone-design cycle. Its continued use of Qorvo and Skyworks chips also shows that it’s too difficult to break dependence on US technology,” said Dan Wang, a technology analyst at research firm Gavekal Dragonomics.
RF front-end modules are a form of an analogue chip, a sector in which the US still has dominance, Mr. Wang said. “As the US debates tightening sanctions on Huawei, the company’s resilience will be tested more severely in the coming year,” he added.