Qualcomm is authorized by the US to sell 4G phone chips to Huawei. The US is making an exception if a small one, to a ban against Huawei buying US chip technology. Qualcomm has reported to Reuters that it has obtained approval from the US government to market Huawei’s 4G phone chips. The American firm did not say which chips were authorized, but the 4G nature makes it clear that these are not the higher-end, 5G-equipped modems or processors of the business.
Qualcomm is authorized by the US to sell 4G phone chips to Huawei
Before the trade ban, for high-end phones (the Mate 40 still does and Qualcomm’s Snapdragons for budget versions, Huawei used its in-house Kirin chips. Qualcomm allegedly asked for permission to continue selling those chips with claims that the void will simply be filled by non-US rivals.
No matter what 4G chips Qualcomm offers, Huawei’s phone company is still in trouble. The business will have to drastically scale back its mobile strategy, with restricted access to international silicon and a shortage of cutting-edge Chinese chip manufacturing. It’s also speculated that its budget Honor brand is being sold. Exceptions like Qualcomm’s could, but not necessarily anything more, keep the company going.