Huawei have been at loggerheads with the United States putting bans and sanctions on the chinese technology giant as well as its suppliers, the company has been compelled to make some hard decisions. The recent setback in Huawei’s camp at the moment is Honor, one of Huawei’s subsidiaries, is migrating to MediaTek chipsets in order to keep business accelerating.
Honor, as a subdivision of Huawei, uses Huawei’s Kirin chips in all its devices prior to the company’s disagreement with the United States. However, with the sanctions in place, Honor really has no choice but to use an alternative which made them resort to MediaTek.
According to reports from CNMO, the president of Honor’s business unit spoke at an event and talked about some solutions the company could employ. Honor looking towards MediaTek’s 5G chipsets is one such solution, though it’s really only a stopgap for the overall problems Huawei is facing as it moves forward.
With this move being made, the Honor X10 could actually be the last device to feature the Kirin chipset.
This wouldn’t be the first time Huawei, Honor, and MediaTek have worked together, as MediaTek supplies components for Huawei’s various IoT and networking products. This would be a first for smartphone chipsets, though.
No one can tell yet if the US sanctions will be lifted and Huawei’s business can get back to normal in the country, but they were just recently re-signed by President Trump until 2021, so it looks like Huawei and other companies that the US considers a threat to national security will continue to have issues.