Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, has been coping with the U.S. ban for a few years now. Since the U.S. sanctions took effect, Huawei’s smartphone business has encountered unprecedented difficulties. Due to chip limitations, Huawei can not purchase 5G chips and chipmakers can only sell 4G chips to Huawei. This means that Huawei can only launch 4G smartphones which are greatly affecting the company’s sales.
At the Huawei Full Connect Conference recently, Huawei’s rotating chairman, Xu Zhijun, said in an interview that under US sanctions, Huawei’s mobile phone business is indeed facing great challenges. He claims that Huawei’s 5G mobile phones are now difficult to buy. Nevertheless, he emphasized that Huawei will not give up its mobile phone business, nor will it sell it. Furthermore, the company is working hard to get its smartphone business back on track. However, the company acknowledges that it may take a few years for the company to convince users to buy Huawei’s 5G smartphones.
At the launch event of the Huawei P50 series, Huawei’s executive, Yu Chengdong said that Huawei has had to deal with four rounds of sanctions from the U.S.
Huawei will still release flagships
Huawei recently unveiled the Huawei P50 series and this series does not support 5G. Upcoming Huawei smartphones will also be stuck with 4G. The Huawei P50 series has two versions with Snapdragon 888 and Kirin 9000 SoCs. Unfortunately, none of these devices support 5G, they only support 4G network. The impact of this is already showing in the market. After the launch of the P50 series, old models that support 5G such as Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 40 saw an increase in their prices. This is because users consider old models with 5G to be better than newer 4G smartphones. This problem is not easy to solve, but it is not impossible to bypass the 5G restrictions from the U.S. According to the latest report, the Chinese manufacturer will be able to solve the 5G problem in 2022.
Regarding the development of the mobile phone business, in March this year, Huawei’s rotating chairman, Hu Houkun, said that from last year’s point of view, the mobile phone business has been greatly affected. Judging from this year, due to the unclear supply situation, it is difficult to predict the changes in Huawei’s mobile phone business. However, the flagship model that Huawei plans to launch every year will arrive according to schedule. Hu Houkun claims that in the next few years, Huawei’s series of smartphones will remain the leader in the market.