It has been more than two years since Huawei’s nightmare began, when former President Donald Trump initiated the first veto measures and sanctions on the Chinese company, which even after the appointment of a new president, continue to make a dent in which once aimed to be the largest smartphone brand in the world.
However, the US sanctions imposed on Huawei have basically centered around 5G networks, prohibiting you from buying or accessing products related to the new network technology. For example, you cannot buy Qualcomm chipsets that have 5G modems built in, and you are also prohibited from purchasing components and materials that you could have used to make your own 5G processors. However, those restrictions have a pretty convenient loophole that could still allow Huawei to buy Qualcomm products that don’t have 5G.
According to the latest information shared by Digital Chat Station on Weibo, Huawei will be able to buy a version of the Snapdragon 778G that has been stripped of its 5G capabilities. Although more interesting is the possible 4G-only version of the still unreleased SM8450, better known now as Snapdragon 898, the alleged trade name of Qualcomm’s next flagship application processor. This would be the same strategy that Huawei and Qualcomm used to equip the P60 series with a Snapdragon 888 without violating the US ban.
So, while the Snapdragon 778G 4G would eventually arrive in the next Nova 9 series expected this month, depending on the date of the next Qualcomm announcement, the Snapdragon 898 4G could debut in the Mate 50, or more likely, in the Huawei P60 next year.
While this solution will allow Huawei to return to offering high-end performance, remove a feature that is not yet so widely available. In addition, it remains to be seen how long this loophole will remain open, as the US government continues to show great focus on keeping Huawei, and even its already ex-subsidiary Honor brand, under stricter rules.