As tensions between Huawei and US Government are rising, the Chinese company is looking for more ways to reduce reliance on the west. Due to this, Samsung and MediaTek are both eyeing 5G mobile chip orders from Huawei, since it plans on moving away from Qualcomm later this year.
For those unaware, Samsung, similar to MediaTek, is also a major manufacturer of mobile chipsets. At the moment, there are only 4 major 5G mobile chip makers in the world, including Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, and Huawei. Huawei develops and ships its own HiSilicon Kirin 5G chip ranges on its flagship smartphones, which are processed by TSMC.
Now, it seems that Chinese tech giant may look for other alternatives as well, with Samsung and MediaTek being viable options. The former is known for its Exynos chips while the latter released its Dimensity lineup of 5G mobile processors. Notably, Qualcomm’s Vice President, Hou Mingjuan, stated that the 5G market is relatively unaffected by the recent pandemic and will still see a high demand and growth rate this year.
This means that 5G networking and its corresponding technology will still be sought after by OEMs. Thus, companies like Huawei will require a large number of 5G chips for its flagship series or even lower and mid range handsets if it does plan on buying SoCs from other manufacturers. Although, it still remains unseen what direction Huawei plans on taking, amidst the growing pressure from the US.