U.S. technology companies are getting permission to resume business with Chinese smartphone giant Huawei Technologies Ltd. but it may be too late because the company is currently making smartphones without U.S. chips,media reported. Huawei’s latest phone, the Mate 30, released in September, doesn’t use any U.S. parts for the curve-screen, wide-angle phone that competes with the iPhone 11 model, according to an analysis by UBS and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, a Japanese technology lab.
In May, the Trump administration banned U.S. companies from supplying Huawei. The order prevented Qualcomm, Intel and others from doing business with Huawei.
But last month, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said U.S. chipmakers were getting permission to resume some of their other chips. Ross noted that the department has received nearly 300 permit applications.
While Huawei has not completely stopped using U.S. chips, according to Fomalhaut’s analysis of the company’ dismantling, the company has reduced its reliance on U.S. suppliers or removed U.S. chips from new phones launched since May, such as Y9 Prime and Mate smartphones. Two other companies, iFixit and Tech Insights Inc., have similarly dismantled Huawei phones and reached similar conclusions.