Huawei can reportedly resume buying Samsung displays and Sony image sensors
Huawei has been in the middle of sanctions imposed by the US government. Because of these sanctions, there’s a lot of obstruction with how the Chinese OEM can conduct ordinary business. Even though Huawei has marched forward with the launch of the Huawei Mate 40 series, it still faces a lot of challenges in producing and selling competitive smartphones. The road may have just widened a bit for the company, as reports have emerged that Huawei can now resume buying Samsung displays as well as camera sensors from Sony and OmniVision.
According to a report from Reuters, Samsung’s display division has received licenses from US authorities to continue to supply certain display panel products to Huawei. The report mentions that it still remains unclear whether Samsung Display will be able to export its OLED panels to Huawei, as other firms in the display-manufacturing supply chain would also need licenses.
Another report from Financial Times, mentions that Samsung has indeed received a license for shipping OLED displays for smartphones to Huawei. Further, even Sony and Chinese-owned OmniVision have been granted licenses to supply Huawei CMOS image sensors for use in smartphone cameras. The report further suggests that while license applications are still handled with a view to denial, this can be overcome if the company can demonstrate that the technology involved does not support 5G. So companies that supply Huawei with components for non-5G uses are optimistic on this end.
Intel had also received a license last month to supply “certain products” to Huawei, according to Reuters, though the report did not specify what exactly was covered. The company is still blocked from making its own chips, or from buying chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek, so there is still a long way to go. There is some hope, though, and the company may not need to sell off its Honor business division just yet either.