An international guessing game over what is inside the newest high-end smartphone from Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies has been sparked by its surprise announcement.
The business, which has been severely restricted by the U.S. government, started selling its most recent Mate 60 Pro for 6,999 yuan ($964) online on Tuesday, sparking questions about why it chose not to advertise beforehand and igniting numerous rumors about whether it would be 5G enabled.
What we know and don’t know about phones, and why it matters, are detailed below. After the U.S. restricted Huawei’s access to chipmaking equipment necessary for creating the most cutting-edge handset models in 2019, the company could only sell a small number of 5G models using chips that were already on hand.
The United States and certain European nations have referred to Huawei as a security danger, although the company disputes this
A company’s consumer business peaked at 483 billion yuan in 2020 before plummeting by over half a year later as a result of the restrictions, which had a devastating effect on the company’s ability to compete with Apple and Samsung for the title of largest handset manufacturer in the world.
However, Huawei has consistently asserted that it is fighting back, and research organizations told Reuters in July that they thought the company was planning a comeback to the 5G smartphone market by the end of this year using its own advancements in semiconductor design tools as well as chipmaking from China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Co. (SMIC).
Potential Impact on U.S. Efforts
If Huawei and China were able to manufacture their own 5G processors, it would be a major step forward in their capabilities and a setback to U.S. efforts to slow down its development. The only thing Huawei has revealed is that the phone is the “most powerful Mate model ever”.
According to Dan Hutcheson, a TechInsights analyst, the phone has a brand-new Kirin 9000s CPU from Huawei’s HiSilicon chip business, which appears to incorporate cutting-edge technology from SMIC.
Hutcheson said production will probably be a very pricey process if it used 7+nm or 5nm techniques. The phone’s initial supply immediately sold out online. According to Huawei’s website and flagship store in Shenzhen, new stock won’t start to arrive until at least mid-September.
The state-owned newspaper Global Times was jubilant, noting in one of many articles that the phone had gone off while U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was in town and claiming it was evidence that the U.S. had failed with its “extreme crackdown on China”
Some Huawei employees claimed that the introduction of the phone caught them off guard, as its formal release was initially planned for September 12. With the high amount of market interest, Nicole Peng, senior VP of Mobility at Canalys, has stated that it is imperative for Huawei to provide clarification on its technology.