Huawei continues to taunt the US with more smartphone launches

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has followed the launch of the Mate 60 Pro with a variant and a new foldy phone but is still being coy about the specs.

The foldable Huawei Mate X5 has a page on the Huawei Chinese consumer website and is even available for preorder through Huawei’s ecommerce platform. But, just as with the contentious launch of the Mate 60 at the end of last month, the company has declined to publish any details about either its application processor or its cellular modem.

As a reminder, the reason these launches are the source of such intrigue is that the US has been trying to ensure Huawei can’t get hold of even moderately advanced chips by denying it access to US chip vendors like Qualcomm and leading chip foundries such as TSMC. Huawei does have its own application processor arm but China’s leading chip foundry – SMIC – was not previously thought to be capable of the latest manufacturing nodes.

However, initial studies of the Mate 60 Pro appeared to confirm the presence of a Huawei Kirin 9000s chip manufactured on the fairly advanced 7nm process. Furthermore, anecdotal speedtest findings pointed to 5G-like speeds, but Huawei has remained silent on the matter. Instead it seems to be adopting a strategy of back-channel leaks to selected Chinese media and bloggers, perhaps in order to seed the rumour mill while still retaining full official deniability.

This M.O. has been continued with the Mate X5. “While the company did not disclose specific details about the chips used, there have been speculations online that the new series utilizes the Kirin 9000S chip, featuring either 7nm or 5nm technology and stacking technology,” reported the Chinese state-aligned Global Times. Meanwhile Engadget seems to be plugged in to the rumour mill and GSM Arena seems confident it sports both a 7nm Kirin 9000s chip and a 5G modem.

But we’re still no closer to knowing what SMIC’s capabilities at more advanced manufacturing nodes are. Even if it can do 7nm, the yields could be very low, meaning such manufacturing would not be economically viable. Nonetheless, these stealth launches have certainly got the attention of the US and are, at the very least, a source of geopolitical embarrassment. It would be no surprise to see the US announce another tranche of sanctions in response to these launches but the genie could already be out of the bottle.


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  1. Avatar David A-B 11/09/2023 @ 1:43 pm

    These US sanctions are rather helping Huawei to be stronger and more independent. Currently Huawei has everything Google has, HMS Core, Petal search, petal maps, Huawei cloud, Huawei docs, videos, music and the rest of it. It looks like this is going to blow up in the face of the US government. This is turning out to be a terrible game of blame.

  2. Avatar Tony A 12/09/2023 @ 6:56 am

    I can imagine a situation where Huawei won’t depend on the US for anything, not even for space engineering, and they can, and the US depending on Huawei/China for some technology necessaries. The US would have shot itself in the right foot. They’ve cut their noses, their faces will be spited soon.

    .. And Huawei has the population / market too!

  3. Avatar DengStar 12/09/2023 @ 8:18 am

    It’s precise

  4. Avatar Peter Kingham 13/09/2023 @ 6:56 am

    The US seems to be doomed to 2nd rate communications equipment. Huawei is far ahead, & their products are excellent. The biggest spy’s are Google,& Apple. Nothing to fear from Huawei. 😎👏👏👏

  5. Avatar Seb 13/09/2023 @ 7:16 am

    americans are surely very happy that monopolised compromised infrastructure which they presented to entire world is slowly finishing. The Chinese chips are surely not as compromised as all rest of them making paranoid americans probably shaking themselves (so much information which not flowing through their disgraced eyes) 🤫🤭

  6. Avatar B 13/09/2023 @ 1:32 pm

    Apple now has better chips for sure, but Huawei phone can make satellite calls, so far only in China. As the number of satellites grow, so will the coverage.
    Within a few years, China will be able to produce 5nm or less. Dozens of Chinese research institutes are working on Chinese EUV machine. Some parts of it are already manufactured.

  7. Avatar Geoff Bedford 13/09/2023 @ 4:05 pm

    I have had Huawei phones for some years I am really pleased that they have accepted the challenge for change and like the rabbit and tortoise story I think that China will prevail and make decent phones for everyone and will once again a contender again

  8. Avatar X 13/09/2023 @ 6:36 pm

    Does Apple taunt the US when it launches their phones?What a telling title.

    The arrogance of the US is its weakness.We are celebrating here in Africa,we welcome the rise of BRICS and its allies.The US has plundered and pillaged the whole world for a while now.It needs to stop.

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 14/09/2023 @ 9:09 am

      The US hasn’t tried to stop Apple from acquiring the requisite chips.

  9. Avatar Shadreck Iwen 14/09/2023 @ 8:23 am

    We are waiting for new Huawei mate 5. But please try to fix the problem of not installing Google on the Huawei brand like Nova Y70 and Nova Y90. Install the Google app please

  10. Avatar Jacqt 14/09/2023 @ 1:46 pm

    I also loved Huwelik phones, just bad about Google, hopefully it will be available on Huwelik phones soon.

  11. Avatar Mohammed ishaq 14/09/2023 @ 3:32 pm

    Worst phone of Huawei because Google product and whatsap not working

  12. Avatar Ji 14/09/2023 @ 6:51 pm

    But the performance. Feature, Huawei is in lead

  13. Avatar Rio 14/09/2023 @ 8:33 pm

    This is how the US is kissing itself out of world domination. Good riddance, bully. Go China, go!

  14. Avatar Minaj 15/09/2023 @ 7:42 am

    I loved Huawei is the best phone I all most use for some years now

  15. Avatar Renny G Meere 15/09/2023 @ 9:51 am

    Give them hell HAUWEI, fuck America, bloody bullies

  16. Avatar Andrew Nichols 15/09/2023 @ 10:48 am

    Sher f..king arrogance of the US knows no bounds. O
    China outcompetes the US so here comes the endless threats.

  17. Avatar T 15/09/2023 @ 11:21 am

    Blame USA with their sanctions on Huawei

  18. Avatar Oscarlima 15/09/2023 @ 7:56 pm

    Has the US government positively proven Huawei has any malicious software backdoor yet? Its been years since the US accusation.

    The sanction is purely a anti competition move by the US government

  19. Avatar Fred 15/09/2023 @ 9:33 pm

    It’s not clear why us and it’s allies sanction a company that produce mobiles. I do not see evidence that Huawei did anything wrong. Mate 60 is a milestone for Huawei. Congrats.

  20. Avatar Tsweerie 16/09/2023 @ 5:12 am

    I hope Haval can adapt their vehicle’s radio system to work on Huawei OS, as it currently Tsweerieonly works on Apple and Google play.

  21. Avatar BELEMA 16/09/2023 @ 8:53 am

    How much is it in Naira?

  22. Avatar Clifford 16/09/2023 @ 12:28 pm

    Hauwei phones I think is the best for me all these years if not for the sanctions placed on them by Google.
    And that’s what the Americans are afraid of not to be dominated by Hauwei phones or gadgets.
    They should all come to a compromise ,and make the world a better communication place.

  23. Avatar Yeo Kwesi 16/09/2023 @ 1:52 pm

    The evil the US has perpetrated against some people in this world must be terrible indeed. I can’t imagine the inferiority undertones of these anti-American sentiments. Why should the US be devastated because a company has made a breakthrough in the production of high-end phones?

  24. Avatar Velie 16/09/2023 @ 2:10 pm

    Is HuaweiY91 can install Google,i’d like to have one, because i like that model.?

  25. Avatar ODUNNAIYA Oluranti Olufemi 17/09/2023 @ 1:48 pm

    The hunter is being hunted i this scenario…… western technologies domination virtually fading out, perhaps African techpreneurs should start looking into this opportunities abounding aside all this. Africa can be greater

  26. Avatar Apache 17/09/2023 @ 9:18 pm

    Those of you asking for Google apps on Huawei seem to be out of touch with the whole news of what is happening.

    Huawei has moved on from Google, you should do the same. You’ll never learn the advantages it has when you are stuck with the mindset of bringing Google back.

  27. Avatar Jothika 18/09/2023 @ 5:22 am

    Good point, how long are we gonna stick with apple and Google, need more players, the more the players in this field the more better for customers due to each fighting to innovate and give something different, why just stick to US 2 dominant players, rest of the world is different, US is not the center point, unless for alien invasion crap that the US Government tries to brainwash their own people and starting wars for oil

  28. Avatar Albert leong 19/09/2023 @ 12:41 pm

    Who say huawei can’t download google ,youture ,Facebook all can not problem ? Did you have huawei or not ?harmony 3 go to see youture bro and sister . I use now mate 50pro go huawei app gallery can download .

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