Huawei first announced its partnership with Leica back in 2016 with the launch of the flagship Huawei P9 camera phone. The renowned camera manufacturer Leica has contributed to the imaging, user interface design and camera module design. Since then, Leica has been Huawei’s primary partner in the creation of new flagship smartphones. The recent Huawei Mate 40 smartphones also feature the Leica logo.
In response to a request from AndroidAuthority to comment on the information about the termination of the partnership with Leica, Huawei representatives called it “absolutely fake news”. In addition, a Leica spokesman said that they “have no information about the termination of the partnership”.
So the next flagship smartphone Huawei, which, presumably, will be the Huawei P50, should also receive Leica technology; however, in light of recent events, it is unclear exactly when it will be released and what kind of SoC will receive.
Qualcomm has obtained an export license to supply 4G chips to Huawei
In recent times, there have been reports of companies that have secured a license to supply chips to Huawei. The likes of AMD, Intel, Sony, etc all have licenses. However, some of these licenses come with clauses and some restrictions. Recently, there were reports that Qualcomm has obtained a license to supply chips to Huawei. However, the latest report now shows that Qualcomm’s license also comes with a clause.
According to KeyBanc, a well-known Wall Street investment bank, Qualcomm has obtained an export license to supply 4G chips to Huawei. The emphasis here is “4G chips”. Of course, very few manufacturers still releases 4G smartphones. This confirms earlier speculations that the U.S. will grant permission to supply Huawei so long as it has nothing to do with 5G.
Prior to the release of its financial report on November 5, the CEO of Qualcomm stated that Qualcomm has applied to the US government for a license to sell chips to Huawei, but has not received any response.
Yesterday, according to 36Kr reports, a source close to Huawei said that Qualcomm has obtained permission to supply Huawei, which means that Huawei’s P and Mate high-end series chips will be relieved of the “stuck neck” dilemma.
Huawei Chairman Guo Ping revealed in a public speech that if the US allows it, Huawei is willing to use Qualcomm chips.