'America Free' Huawei Abandons US Components in Latest Smartphones and 5G Gear

Joanna Estrada
December 3, 2019

If you thought Huawei won't be able to survive the U.S. trade ban, think again.

The US Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei following a May executive order from President Donald Trump that forced US companies to get licenses to do business with the maker of phones and network equipment, which prompted national security concerns due to its cozy relationship with the Chinese government.

"We would like to continue using American components", the spokesperson said. Both Beijing and Huawei have denied all the accusations. Washington's ban meant the company would have to seek permission to purchase any American components it needed to manufacture its products. It has since been granted two more extensions.

Amid the trade war with China, with the US pressing against force technology transfer and intellectual property theft, China's top smartphone maker is managing to make phones without American parts, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Fomalhaut analysis showed that the company had cut down its reliance on American suppliers in smartphones launched after May, including the Y9 Prime and Mate devices.

Instead of using audio amplifiers from Cirrus Logic, they now come from the Netherlands' NXP.

The move away from parts from American trade extends beyond cell phone production, too, according to the report.

Similarly, a spokesperson from the company revealed to the Journal that all of its 5G hardware "is now America-free". The phone is now being made without any US-sourced components at all, The Wall Street Journal reported. It's good for Huawei.

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