Mate 40 to be powered by Kirin 1020
Earlier, the company was expected to diversify chip production to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), which is China’s biggest contract chip manufacturer. Analysts, however, were not so sure about that, and they had their doubts about SMIC’s expertise and capacity to make chips for Huawei.
Mate 40 will be launched in September
The handset will be announced in September and it will probably be released in the company’s home country of China first, before making it to Europe.
Does this mark the end of Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon?
HiSilicon became the first Chinese company to be included in the list of top ten semiconductor makers earlier this year, according to IC Insights. Now that the subsidiary will probably not be designing any more chips, it might shut down.
Qualcomm will apparently try to win Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s approval to make chips for Huawei next year. Otherwise, its upcoming phone will supposedly be powered by MediaTek SoCs.
Samsung, which already supplies OLED panels and memory chips to Huawei is seemingly not interested in selling its chips to the Chinese company. The reason behind the supposed decision is not known but it looks like the chaebol doesn’t want to get caught in the middle of the Huawei-US spat.
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