Huawei and Honor smartphones whose future is uncertain
By Mia Wang 2019-06-10 721 0
In a small signature, US President Donald Trump has seriously compromised Huawei's future. On the blacklist, the Chinese company will no longer be allowed to collaborate with US companies from August, when its "temporary license" will have expired.
If Huawei is optimistic and continues to hope for an agreement, his projects may be strongly impacted by the American decision, if not completely destroyed. We have listed the few Huawei smartphones already announced or expected in the coming months that may encounter the Donald Trump storm.
Smartphones already announced
As crazy as it may sound, the consequences of this case have already had their first impact on the Chinese company. Following the ban, Honor, Huawei's "young" subsidiary, organized a press conference in London to unveil its two new high-end mobiles. A conference that will go down in history because... these two mobiles may never come out.
Initially scheduled for release in early July, the Honor 20 Pro still does not have an Android license. If it is under examination, the trademark fears a refusal by Google, forced by the American administration. At the moment, the future of the Honor 20 Pro is therefore more than threatened. If the smartphone were denied an Android license, it might never leave China or would do so without any Google applications on board.
Announced alongside him, Honor 20 has already obtained an Android license. Initially scheduled for early June, the smartphone was postponed until the end of the same month, probably to avoid a chaotic launch that would only revolve around US sanctions. If the situation does not calm down, it is hard to imagine Honor launching his new motive.
Finally, on the Huawei side, it is another launch that could fail... and not the least. The equivalent of the Galaxy Fold, the foldable Huawei Mate X smartphone is currently in the spotlight. If the Chinese would already have obtained an Android license for the device (which would guarantee security updates and support for Google apps), it is hard to imagine a consumer investing 2299 euros in a smartphone that might never receive Android Q, the first version of Google's system designed for folding mobiles. Without an agreement with the Americans, we can say goodbye to Mate X.
What future for future Huawei smartphones
Like any manufacturer, Huawei spreads its release calendar over several months. We know that the Huawei Mate 30 will arrive around October and will be followed by the Huawei P40 range around March. Routine, in a way.
In the current state, the probability of seeing these products in France is around 50%. The problem is not only the absence of Android, but Huawei's ability to make them. The brand no longer has access to the ARM architecture and will therefore no longer be able to design its processors. While it is rumoured that she plans to order a huge stock of SoC "Kirin 985" this summer, it is not known how long the Chinese brand will be able to hold without agreement.
Other products directly impacted are the future Honor 9X and Honor View 30, which are also under threat. That would be unfortunate, their predecessors have been successful and the brand is clearly focused on them.
An agreement as the only solution
Without agreement with the Trump administration, it is hard to imagine Huawei/Honor doing as well in 2019 as in previous years. The trust of some customers may be eroded, which is never a good sign. The Chinese brand can only hope that its complaint against the American government works or that Donald Trump will put water in his wine.
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