Huawei cut US components out of Mate 30 in wake of Trump’s ban

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The Huawei Mate 30 apparently contains no American-made components.


Érika García / CNET

We already knew Huawei’s Mate 30 couldn’t use Google’s Android operating system because of the Trump administration’s ban on the controversial Chinese phone maker, but it seems the impact isn’t limited to software. The phone is now being made without any US-sourced components at all, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Huawei found non-American suppliers for parts, according to an analysis by UBS and Japanese tech lab Fomalhaut Techno Solutions. It apparently replaced Qorvo and Skyworks power amplifiers with in-house ones from HiSilicon, and replaced Texas-based audio chip maker Cirrus Logic with Dutch company NXP.

It’s part of a concentrated effort to cut down iHuawei’s reliance on US suppliers, the report noted.

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. Huawei has repeatedly denied the accusation that it’s under Beijing’s thumb.

Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published at 3:55 a.m. PT.
Updated at 4:30 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.


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