Huawei has found itself in an extremely delicate situation caused by US government sanctions. For more than two years now, the Chinese giant’s mobile business has been hit hard by US bans. The inability to access Google’s mobile services has seriously impacted sales of their smartphones outside of China.
A Chinese manufacturer cannot buy processors based on American technology. This is a significant issue as it limits Huawei’s ability to supply advanced TSMC and Qualcomm chips.
However, the available stocks are starting to run out, and this is in the context of the premiere of the Huawei P50 smartphones. The new models will be available to consumers in two versions powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Kirin 9000 processors. However, neither configuration includes support for 5G networks.
The launch of the next generation of smartphones has also led to higher prices for 5G smartphones, which the company already sells as the Mate 30 and Mate 40. Thus, Huawei will not be able to take advantage of high consumer demand for the technology or buy 5G processors from other manufacturers.
Analysts remain skeptical about the company’s ability to address these issues before the end of the year. However, Huawei is active and hopes to be able to procure enough 5G processors for its smartphones in 2022.
The premiere of the Huawei Mate 50 series is likely to take place in October. The Chinese manufacturer plans to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 processor. If all goes according to plan, Huawei will fully address its 5G processor shortage by Q2 2022.