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Huawei has a stockpile of about 10 million Kirin 9000 chips, which can sustain deliveries for about half a year, as the “deadline” for chip production approaches as the US government begins to block chip supplies to the company. Chinese expert quoted by Global Times, reports Radio China.
Yu Chengdong, the company’s chief executive officer for the consumer business, recently revealed that Huawei plans to launch equipment for smartphones with Kirin chips, but only in “limited numbers.” He also confirmed that chip production will stop after September 15 due to US sanctions.
This left the market guessing about the soon-to-be-launched Mate 40 series, which is expected to feature Kirin chips. There were also concerns about when Huawei would use up the Kirin 9000 and what decisions would be made after that.
Huang Haifeng, one of China’s most reputable analysts in the telecommunications industry, said that according to him, Kirin 9000 chip supplier for Huawei, Taiwan-based TSMC, works “day and night.” Earlier, the company confirmed that it would cut off chips for Huawei after mid-September to comply with US sanctions.
“Huawei has about 10 million Kirin 9000 chips available, which means that about 10 million Mate 40 / Pro series phones will be on the market, and I believe they will sell out very quickly,” said Juan Haifeng.
However, how Huawei’s business will grow, especially with high-end smartphones, remains unclear after US authorities cut supplies as a means of limiting the development of Chinese technology companies.
“This is a lesson for Chinese companies, which had focused only on design in the process of globalization. “Now the only problem we’re facing is manufacturing, because Huawei can’t make chips on its own,” Yu Chengdong admitted in an interview with new.qq.com this Saturday.