Huawei's Mate 30 and 5G hardware no longer use American components

Alonzo Simpson
December 5, 2019

As expected, Huawei has turned to suppliers outside of the USA when sourcing components for the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, which are only available in a few countries.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, a Huawei spokesman said it's the company's "clear preference to continue to integrate and buy components from United States supply partners". Similarly, the report also suggests that the company has stopped sourcing WiFi and Bluetooth chips from Broadcom and it now relies on its own chips.

In the piece a Huawei spokesperson is quoted as saying the company has a "clear preference to continue to integrate and buy components from USA supply partners". The company has started looking out for alternatives, though it still needs to deal with Google.

Huawei claims there are no USA components in its Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro smartphones, an early sign that it is tackling its USA trade ban head on by proving it doesn't need to work with American companies if forced. These are designed by Hisilicon and manufactured by TSMC.

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According to the report, Huawei's 5G network equipment also abandons components from the US. As operators spend a lot of money to build their new 5G network, Huawei has been producing 5G base stations without U.S. components and software. However, they are expected to be able to produce 125,000 5G base stations monthly in 2020 (in contrast to the 5,000 stations per month that they are able to produce now). Huawei appears to have found non-American suppliers for several critical components.

John Suffolk, Huawei's highest cybersecurity official, said recently: "All of our 5G is no longer dependent on the US". It's good for Huawei.

The main American based supplier that is hard to replace by Huawei is Google, who will no longer grant their license for services such as Google Play to Huawei, meaning that the following Huawei devices won't be running basic Android apps like Gmail, Search, Maps and many more.

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