15.6.2020 | Huawei turns to rivals to beat US pressure
Huawei turns to mobile chip rivals to beat US pressure. Chinese tech giant's position in the global smartphone market at risk
Huawei Technologies is seeking help from rival mobile-chip makers to withstand a U.S. clampdown aimed at crippling the Chinese company, sources familiar with the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review.
Huawei is in talks with MediaTek, the world's second-largest mobile chip developer after Qualcomm of the U.S., and UNISOC, China's second-largest mobile chip designer after Huawei's HiSilicon Technologies unit, to buy more chips as alternatives to keep its consumer electronics business afloat, the sources said.
Developing its own cutting-edge chips has been a key strategy for Huawei, helping China's biggest tech company and the world's second-largest smartphone maker stand out in the global market for handsets and other devices. Analysts and industry executives say that adopting rivals' chip offerings could hamper Huawei's competitiveness.