Huawei P40 Pro allegedly still contains US-made components
After months of leaks and teasers, Huawei finally announced its flagship P40 series earlier this month. As you’d expect, the latest flagships from Huawei packed in some impressive hardware but they lacked one key component on the software front — Google Mobile Services. Instead of running Google Mobile Services (GMS) like all other Android devices, Huawei’s P40 series featured Huawei Mobile Services — an in-house alternative that was developed as a result of the trade ban imposed on the company. Interestingly though, a recent report from the Financial Times claims that the Huawei P40 Pro still makes use of some US-made components.
For the unaware, the trade ban on Huawei restricts US companies from conducting business with the Chinese company. As a result, the Mate 30 series and the Huawei Y9 Prime from last year were released without GMS. Back in December last year, we also learned that the two devices didn’t make use of any US-made hardware. However, things seem to have changed over the last couple of months. A teardown of the Huawei P40 Pro conducted by Shenzhen-based XYZone, which disassembles smartphones and identifies the suppliers of their components, reveals that the device’s radio-frequency front-end modules were produced by US-based chip manufacturers Qualcomm, Skyworks, and Qorvo.
While the report further reveals that the Qualcomm component in the Huawei P40 Pro is covered by a license from the US Department of Commerce, there is no indication from Qorvo or Skyworks if their parts are covered by a similar license. Even though the Huawei P40 series does make use of some US-made components, to its credit the company has successfully managed to replace some prominent US-based suppliers like Micron, which supplied flash storage chips from the P30 series. Instead, the P40 series makes use of storage chips made by Samsung. It’s also worth noting that Huawei’s flagship SoC, the HiSilicon Kirin 990, makes use of ARM Cortex-A76 and ARM Cortex-A55 cores from ARM Holdings, which is a UK-based company with a lot of US-origin technologies.
Source: Financial Times