Huaweiâ€™s woes have been well-documented recently. With the United States putting bans and sanctions on the company as well as its suppliers, the company has been forced to make some difficult decisions. Now Honor, one of Huaweiâ€™s subsidiaries, is moving towards MediaTek chipsets in order to keep business moving forward.
As Huawei owns Honor, it only made sense that the subsidiary would use Huaweiâ€™s Kirin chips in its devices. However, with the sanctions in place, Honor really has no choice but to use an alternative. That alternative comes from MediaTek.
As reported by CNMO, the president of Honorâ€™s business unit spoke at an event and talked about some solutions the company could employ. Honor looking towards MediaTekâ€™s 5G chipsets is one such solution, though itâ€™s really only a stopgap for the overall problems Huawei is facing as it moves forward.
This wouldnâ€™t be the first time Huawei, Honor, and MediaTek have worked together, as MediaTek supplies components for Huaweiâ€™s various IoT and networking products. This would be a first for smartphone chipsets, though.
Time will tell if the US sanctions are lifted and Huaweiâ€™s business can get back to normal, but they were just recently re-signed by President Trump until 2021, so it looks like Huawei and other companies that the US deems a threat to national security will continue to have issues.