Huawei Says It Is Unveiling Mate 40 Series This October
Huawei has posted a tweet revealing plans to unveil its Mate 40 series on 22nd October 2020. The series will most likely be the last to use its Kirin chips, for now at least.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) October 10, 2020
Sanctions from the US government means that it cannot manufacture the chips anymore. The President Trump administration had accused Huawei of building backdoors into its network infrastructure. It further alleges it was doing this to commit espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. Huawei has, however, repeatedly denies all the accusations of spying.
In August 2020, a report revealed that the company was running out of the Kirin chips. Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer business unit CEO, at the time said that “this year may be the last generation of Huawei Kirin high-end chips.”
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The US government had put Huawei and 114 of its affiliates on its Entity List in May 2019. This meant that US firms were unable to sell technology to the company without explicit US government approval.
The company couldn’t also obtain an Android license from Google as the ban meant it can’t do business with Huawei. Thus, Google apps stopped operating on new Huawei devices. An amended export rule in May 2020 by the US Commerce Department effectively blocked shipments of semiconductors to Huawei.
That export rule means foreign manufacturers of semiconductors who use American software and technology in their operations cannot ship their products to Huawei without obtaining a license from the US government.
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, reportedly halted orders for Huawei’s HiSilicon unit in May 2020 after the new US rule.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is expected to ship with a 6.7-inch screen, and the Mate 40 coming in at 6.5 inches. Huawei has not revealed when the Mate 40 devices will ship to customers, however, rumors suggest Huawei will launch Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro editions.
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