'5G now America-free': China's Huawei assembles latest phones without US parts

Ruben Fields
December 3, 2019

Huawei recently got its second 90 days extension from the USA government after it was blacklisted earlier this year.

When the extent of the Trump administration's sanctions concentrating on Huawei turned clear, we puzzled whether or not the Chinese language telecoms large would have the ability to make a smartphone without American components. However, it seems that Huawei has already tackled this problem by completely excluding components by the American companies from its smartphones and networking equipment.

Huaiwe's Mate 30 smartphone contains no USA parts at all, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an analysis by UBS and Japanese tech lab Fomalhaut Techno Solutions.

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The speed at which Huawei was able to move to ensure the Mate 30 had no U.S. parts in it is surprising and points to Huawei's versatile supply chain. For example, it's now sourcing audio amplifiers from the Netherlands' NXP rather than Cirrus Logic, relying entirely on its own HiSilicon semiconductor division for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips rather than Broadcom, and using other companies like Japan's Murata and Taiwan's MediaTek for other parts previously supplied by USA manufacturers. "If that proves impossible because of the decisions of the USA government, we will have no choice but to find alternative supply from non-U.S. sources".

"Independence of USA supply indicates that the strategies of the U.S.in trying to isolate Huawei are not working", International Business Strategies Inc.'s Handel Jones told the Journal. "All of our 5G is now America-free". Huawei appears to have found non-American suppliers for several critical components.

The Fomalhaut analysis showed that the company had cut down its reliance on American suppliers in smartphones launched after May, including the Y9 Prime and Mate devices. It's good for Huawei. The Chinese giant follow on entity list of the United States which prevents it from operating with companies in the country and that has meant, among other things, losing access to Google services for its new phones. The 5G phone was unveiled in September, with its own Huawei app store and Huawei Assistant.

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