Huawei reportedly plans to relaunch 5G telephones as early as subsequent yr in an effort to regain marketshare that was misplaced within the fallout of US sanctions.
A Monetary Occasions report revealed Thursday says Huawei could circumvent US sanctions by redesigning its smartphone to accommodate “much less superior” chipsets made by Chinese language corporations. Nonetheless, this method dangers impacting consumer expertise, the report says. Previous to Washington tightening sanctions, a Huawei subsidiary designed the chipsets earlier than it was manufactured by main chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor.
The report went on to say that Huawei was additionally contemplating telephone circumstances with built-in modules that allow 5G connectivity. Such circumstances are already available on the market.
Earlier this yr, Huawei launched a virtually $2000 foldable telephone, known as the Mate XS 2, nevertheless it was solely appropriate with 4G networks on this period of 5G. 5G is broadly seen as a game-changing know-how that is anticipated to dramatically enhance the velocity, protection and responsiveness of wi-fi networks.
Analysts say even when Huawei manages to relaunch 5G telephones, it’s going to face an uphill battle in reclaiming worldwide marketshare. US sanctions have additionally reduce Huawei’s entry to Google, which implies its telephones don’t run standard apps such because the Google Play Retailer or Gmail.
The US has lengthy alleged that Huawei maintains a tight relationship with the Chinese language authorities, creating concern that gear from these producers might be used to spy on different international locations and corporations. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its merchandise pose a safety risk.
In 2020, the Trump administration levelled more durable sanctions on Huawei, which restricted any overseas semiconductor firm from promoting chips developed utilizing US know-how to the Chinese language agency, with out first acquiring a license to take action.
Huawei did not instantly reply to a CNET request for remark.