Huawei's big rival to the iPhone 11 reportedly doesn't contain any American parts thanks to the US-China trade war
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- Huawei has managed to develop a smartphone with no American parts, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
- The discovery was made thanks to an analysis by UBS and Tokyo-based tech lab Fomalhaut Techno Solutions.
- Huawei has been plagued by on-off US sanctions in recent months, and it was blacklisted by the Trump administration in May. The Mate 30 is unable to provide users with access to Google Play services as a result.
- The Chinese telecoms giant has reportedly given some of its staff lavish bonuses for helping to circumvent the US sanctions.
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Huawei struck a symbolic blow in the ongoing tech cold war between China and the US.According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese tech giant's Mate 30 smartphone contains precisely zero American parts. The discovery was made thanks to an analysis of the Mate 30 by UBS and Tokyo-based tech lab Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, which disassembled the phone.Advertisement
Launched in September, the Mate 30 is a rival to Apple's iPhone 11 and Samsung's Galaxy S10. A major roadblock to selling the phone outside China is both the basic Mate 30 and the higher-end Mate 30 Pro's lack of access to Google apps and services.
Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration in May, meaning that US companies had to obtain special dispensation to do business with Huawei. As a result, many of Huawei's US suppliers could no longer do business with the company, including its longstanding chip suppliers in the US, Qualcomm and Intel.Though the blacklisting was temporarily scaled back to help existing customers, is has forced Huawei to improvise to build its newer smartphones - both in terms of finding alternative pre-existing part suppliers, and developing its own in-house parts.
"When I say it takes time, what I'm referring to is the overseas market, because we will return to the overseas market next year, and the year after that," he explained.
The world's largest manufacturer of telecoms equipment is also reported to be paying lavish bonuses to staff who help to circumvent the US sanctions.Advertisement
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