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Huawei P40's US components are legally obtained: Huawei spokesperson

By Liu Hongzuo - on 1 Apr 2020, 12:05pm

Huawei P40's US components are legally obtained: Huawei spokesperson

Huawei P40 Pro

Earlier today, Financial Times reported on their Huawei P40 teardown findings. According to the international newsmaker, the teardown revealed smartphone components that were sourced from US companies.

The P40 smartphone contained parts sourced from Qualcomm, Skyworks, Qorvo. For the uninitiated, Huawei securing US parts for their products should've been unlikely, given the US-China trade sanctions that started in 2018. According to FT, US companies need to apply for a licence to be able to export any technologies of US origin to Huawei.

Source: Financial Times.

A Huawei spokesperson responded FT, saying that the company has "always complied with any export control regulations of various countries, including the United States". The spokesperson also added that "all the product materials are obtained legally from our global partners, and we insist on working with our partners to provide consumers with high-quality products and services".

That said, there were indeed changes to the P40 devices when compared to the P series phones of the yesteryear. FT noted that Micron's NAND flash memory chips are absent from the P40 Pro. Furthermore, the teardown revealed that US-sourced or US-made parts in both previous and current incarnations of P series phones only make up a small fraction of components, with the majority of phone parts from Chinese, South Korean, and Taiwanese companies.

Source: Financial Times, Ars Technica