Tuesday, September 19, 2023




Huawei's new Mate 60 Pro smartphone appears to support 5G, defying U.S. sanctions aimed at preventing just that. This could pose a challenge for Apple, as China is one of its key markets.

For years, the U.S. has labeled Huawei a national security threat due to its ties to the Chinese government and military. In 2019, U.S. sanctions nearly crippled Huawei's smartphone business by cutting off access to crucial 5G chips and Google software.


But now, Huawei seems to be bouncing back. While not officially confirmed, reviews suggest the Mate 60 Pro can achieve 5G-level download speeds. The chip is made by SMIC, China's largest contract chipmaker, puzzling U.S. experts who thought such a chip couldn't be made without a specific machine from Dutch firm ASML—a machine restricted from being sold to China.


The world is now watching to see if these chips can compete globally in terms of speed and cost.

GRIT TAKE: Apple's already feeling the heat with China's ban on iPhones for government officials. If Huawei's new 5G-capable phones deliver, this could be a seismic shift, potentially jeopardizing up to 30% of Apple's revenue linked to China. The big question is whether Huawei's 5G tech measures up. If it does, Apple has reason to worry. Huawei not only matches Apple's premium brand image but also carries the weight of national pride—a factor Apple can't compete with. Keep your eyes peeled; this could get interesting.

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