Qualcomm pushes the Trump administration to approve sales of the Snapdragon chips to Huawei according to a new report.
A Wall Street Journal report claimed that Qualcomm wanted President Trump to lift some of the restrictions placed on Huawei so they could provide 5G chipsets for future smartphone and tablet devices to the tech firm.
The WSJ reports that Qualcomm is looking to take advantage of a possible “$8 billion” in Huawei orders. Huawei will not be able to use its own internally developed Kirin chipsets in future hardware because of the extreme US trade restrictions. Qualcomm is dreaming up a potential deal because this business may be going to “two foreign competitors” that would probably be MediaTek or Samsung.
Therefore, Qualcomm claims that removing Huawei’s trade restrictions would favor the US-based company rather than Taiwanese and South Korean rivals. A potential deal will give Qualcomm the ability to develop new, more advanced technologies.
It is expected that Huawei’s Kirin chipsets will make their last appearance in the Mate 40 series since those chips have already been produced. The future could be unclear but a collaboration between Qualcomm and Huawei will at least ensure the Chinese company’s performance in the next wave in flagships.
Huawei and subsidiary Honor are playing with MediaTek’s Dimensity chips for upcoming flagships because of the extended ban. Despite the public perception for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series substantially improving, this could be a win-win partnership.
Time can say whether it will come to fruition but this may be a solid solution to a problem it indirectly affects all the biggest players in the Android smartphone space. This may not solve the glaring hole of access to Google Play Store and Play Services but at a time when Huawei is thoroughly under pressure it could be a welcome relief.