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Huawei CEO says it is Back as U.S. Restrictions Lose their Bite

Huawei is back

With the launch of the Mate 50 series earlier this year, you could tell that things were beginning to get back to normal for Huawei. With a new in-house photography technology called Xmage and an Emergency Battery Mode that allowed users to converse on the phone for up to 12 minutes while providing three hours of standby time even with the battery down to 1%, the Mate 50 Pro was Huawei at its best.

When the Mate 50 series was introduced, Huaweimania returned to China as the new phones were met with lengthy lineups and high demand. And now, according to Reuters, Huawei is letting go of the constraints the United States set on it. The struggling manufacturer said today that its 2022 revenue remained unchanged, with the top line from the previous year showing that it has ceased losing sales as a result of the U.S. limitations. Actually, revenue in 2022 was 0.02% higher than in 2021.

The chairman of Huawei claims that operations are “back to normal.”

The anticipated revenue for this year is 636.9 billion yuan ($91.53 billion). Comparatively, Huawei reported a 30% year-over-year fall in revenue last year, which was recorded at 636.8 billion yuan. Even so, Eric Xu, the rotating chairman of Huawei, wrote in a blog post that “U.S. restrictions are now our new normal, and we’re back to business as usual.” This was stated by the executive in a memo to the staff that was also made available to the media. The results will be revealed at some point in 2019.

If you recall—and, to be honest, even if you don’t—Huawei was on the verge of surpassing Samsung to take the title of the world’s largest smartphone producer in 2019—a target it had previously declared.

However, in May 2019, the United States added Huawei to a list of entities, preventing the business from accessing its U.S. supply chain, which includes Google. As a result, the company was forced to create the Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem and its own HarmonyOS operating system. The U.S. amended an export rule the following year that gave Huawei the slip; chip foundries employing American technology to make chips were no longer permitted to ship these vital components to Huawei.

Because of its purported connections to the Chinese Communist Party, Huawei is seen as a threat to national security in the United States. Over the years, there have also been several allegations asserting that Huawei conceals spying technology in its networking gear and transmits the stolen information to servers in Beijing. insistence on denial from Huawei.

As a result of the U.S. bans, the company could not replenish its supply of the Kirin chips that were designed in-house by the firm’s HiSilicon unit. As it stands today, the company has permission to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips modified to work with 4G signals but not 5G. A case sold for the Mate 50 Pro does allow that model to have 5G connectivity. And if Huawei is able to follow through on a recent patent application, it soon might be able to access cutting-edge silicon.

The extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) machine, which is about the size of a school bus, is the subject of the patent application. The EUV machine etches circuitry designs onto silicon wafers to assist in the production of circuits containing billions of transistors. The width of these patterns is much less than that of human hair. This machine is only manufactured by one company in the world, the Dutch business ASML, and it won’t ship any to China.

Huawei has turned a corner

Because of this, if Huawei can assist in building its own EUV machine, SMIC, China’s largest foundry, may be able to make cutting-edge chips similar to those produced by TSMC and Samsung Foundry. However, this won’t happen immediately.

If accurate, a rumor that surfaced earlier this month would be another indication of Huawei’s resurgence. Huawei used to develop two flagship series annually before the sanctions took effect. The “P” series, which would be launched at the start of every year, focuses (pun perhaps intended) on photography. The most cutting-edge features were found in the Mate series, which was introduced later each year.

Huawei has only produced one flagship line annually over the past two years, alternating between the “P” and “Mate” flagships. While Huawei unveiled the Mate 50 series this year, the P50 line was introduced last year. Around the water cooler two weeks ago, rumors circulated that Huawei would release both the P60 and Mate 60 flagship models in the same year and on the same day (March). That seems unlikely, but even if the claim is untrue, Huawei appears to have made progress.

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