Can Qualcomm only supply 4G chips to Huawei?
A week ago, Qualcomm confirmed that it had applied for a license to supply Huawei chips. Now, a report from China says that the company can only sell 4G mobile chips to Huawei.
According to a source today, manufacturers in the supply chain say that Qualcomm has a license to supply 4G chips to Huawei. The company had previously worked closely with Huawei in the 4G chip field mainly handled by the Xi’an Research Center.
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Now, with a license, Qualcomm will seek to increase the supply of 4G mobile phones even further. A few days ago, reports indicated that Qualcomm had a license to do business with Huawei. However, the new report shows that the Chinese company can only buy 4G rather than 5G chips from Qualcomm.
The report also states that Qualcomm will benefit greatly from this approval. The chip company used to be Huawei’s major QTL (patent business) partner, but started to lose money after the Chinese company produced Kirin chips. However, Huawei’s ability to design its own chips was suppressed after the US banned Huawei from cooperating with companies from the country. Industry experts believe that Huawei’s stockpiles of chips purchased before the ban will be exhausted next year, seriously affecting its smartphone sales.
However, it should be noted that Qualcomm can currently only supply 4G chips to Huawei, not 5G. As a result, the Chinese company clearly still has a lot of room ahead in keeping its smartphone business.