Huawei’s Mate 50 series, which is affected by Huawei’s wider mobile phone business, seems to have reached a turning point recently. Digital blogger ‘Pengpeng Jun Jiadao‘ revealed on Monday that the “Huawei Mate 50 series has made a major breakthrough in supply and will come as scheduled in the future.”
Previously, after half a year’s delay, Huawei finally launched the brand-new Huawei P50 series flagship in the second half of the year. However, the difficulties encountered by Huawei’s mobile phone business have not eased, and its Kirin chip inventory is almost running out, which further leads to the delay of the brand-new Mate 50 series that should have been released in the second half of this year. The current moment appears to represent a turning point.
Huawei also lost its U.S. supply chain partners after being added to the country’s ‘Entity List’ that restricts trade with certain companies. At the same time, any company that uses American technology to manufacture advanced chips is prohibited from providing services to Huawei. With the inventory of HiSilicon Kirin 9000 series chips running out, Huawei has been forced to use Snapdragon 888 chips on some models.
However, with the easing of Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations, some American enterprises have re-established supply relations with Chinese firms such as Huawei.
Previously, according to documents obtained by Reuters, 113 suppliers have obtained export licenses worth $61 billion, allowing them to supply Huawei. Furthermore, 188 licenses were approved for suppliers of SMIC, with a value of about $42 billion. More than 90 percent of licensing applications from suppliers to SMIC were approved, while 69 percent of licensing requests from suppliers who shipped to Huawei were approved.
It is worth mentioning that most of the licenses obtained by the suppliers are for non-sensitive products. For example, 80 of the 113 licenses obtained by Huawei’s U.S. supply chain members and 121 of the 188 licenses approved by SMIC suppliers are not supply licenses for sensitive products.
In addition, Chinese digital blogger ‘Chang’an Shumajun‘ said that the flagship Huawei Mate50 series has not been cancelled, and that this series of models would adopt the 4G version of Qualcomm’s 898 chip. It was also reported that Huawei has been testing Snapdragon 898 4G chips internally, which is expected to be launched by the Huawei Mate 50 series and officially unveiled in the first or second quarter of next year.