Huawei announces that the production of the new range of flagships belonging to the Mate 40 line-up could be delayed due to the new government sanctions by the United States. In fact, deprived of TSMC support, the Chinese giant has to look for other suppliers for its Kirin SoC.
Just last month, the USA has changed export rules, in order to prevent foreign companies from collaborating with the Huawei group. Indeed, TSMC cannot now produce more chipsets for the Chinese manufacturer; it is in this context that the company now has to look for alternatives and is preparing to reorganize its entire production chain. Will this lead to a delay in launching the Mate 40 on the market?
According to information reported by the Nikkei newspaper, Huawei would have chosen to delay the entire mid-2020 flagship line-up, concentrating current efforts in finding new SoC providers.
According to media reports, Huawei is considering the potential supply chain disruptions; to this is added the news according to which it would have reduced component orders by 20% for the coming months. An internal source states that production will be delayed for at least a month … if not two.
However, the production of the 5-nanometer Kirin 1000 CPU would seem to escape the latest restrictions issued by the government of the United States of America and the chipset will be produced in sufficient quantities to guarantee its listing. In a nutshell, the ban and current sanctions would have just a minimal influence on the new Mate 40 range; what worries is due to the future of the company. One of Huawei’s suppliers said:
One of the reasons for this production pause is that Huawei is taking inventory of its HiSilicon chipsets and is studying the possibility of relying on other solutions, such as MediaTek and Qualcomm. The exploration of other alternatives could lead to a redesign of the mechanical parts of smartphones, which will however require additional time.
Under these conditions, therefore, the choice of device delay appears as a question mark. According to Nikkei, the brand could launch it according to the expected roadmap, other sources say otherwise. We will know more in the coming weeks.