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

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With the Chinese giant placed on an entity list last May, US companies are not allowed to do business with Huawei without a license from the government. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the effects of the ban were illustrated through a teardown by UBS and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, a Japanese tech firm, which shows a total lack of any US hardware in the Mate 30.

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

Instead of using audio amplifiers from Cirrus Logic, they now come from the Netherlands' NXP. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips, meanwhile, come from Huawei’s own HiSilicon semiconductor division, rather than Broadcom. Components from other companies, including Japan’s Murata and Taiwan’s MediaTek, are also being used over those from the usual US firms.

"Huawei has always sought to use component suppliers from right around the world in order to source the best possible technology for our consumers," a Huawei spokesperson told Gizmodo Australia. "If we are unable to source components from certain countries then we know that we can find those components from suppliers in other markets. Putting our consumers first and delivering meaningful innovation has always been our top priority, regardless of the challenges we face."

Additionally, Huawei told the Journal that all of its 5G hardware “is now America free.”

“We would like to continue using American components,” a spokesperson said. “It’s good for Huawei. That has been taken out of our hands.”

While the US recently said it was starting to process applications from businesses for licenses to sell to Huawei, what appears to be a conflicting report from Reuters suggests the ban could be broadened, prohibiting Huawei from buying components from overseas companies that are allied with the US.

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Uncle Al

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Huawei continues to try to get back into good graces with the US and it's partners yet they make such stupid business moves! You would think that by now they would have advisers that would steer them away from such foolishness ......
 

Squid Surprise

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Huawei continues to try to get back into good graces with the US and it's partners yet they make such stupid business moves! You would think that by now they would have advisers that would steer them away from such foolishness ......
What foolishness are you talking about? They aren't allowed to use US products so they've sourced non-US products... what were their other options?
 
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Ravalo

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Huawei continues to try to get back into good graces with the US and it's partners yet they make such stupid business moves! You would think that by now they would have advisers that would steer them away from such foolishness ......
Most products are made in china anyways
 

kevbev89

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Most products are made in china anyways
From my understanding that COULD change in the next couple of years. A lot of companies are setting up their assembling and manufacturing in other countries like Thailand and Vietnam.
 

lipe123

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Huawei continues to try to get back into good graces with the US and it's partners yet they make such stupid business moves! You would think that by now they would have advisers that would steer them away from such foolishness ......
Smh, what rock have you been under? The entire rest of the world relies on trade with other countries. The Stupid business move here was Trump declaring that ONLY american made things are ok and anything else is basically treason. Typical "us vs them" mentality that in the long term will just make the world dislike america more and hurt the american economy in the long run.
All of this is based on lies that china is spying on the US with their electronics, meanwhile the joke is the US is spying the F out of its own citizens(and everyone else) - but let's not focus on that.
 

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