Since last year, the US has strictly imposed a ban against the Chinese technology giant, Huawei. Because of this move, Huawei no longer uses Google Mobile Services in its recent releases including recent flagship devices such as the Mate 30 and P40 series. 

The inclusion of Huawei in the US Entity List limits the company’s business transactions with all US firms including hardware suppliers. This, however, does not hold true for the Huawei P40 Pro.

American publication Financial Times revealed that the Huawei P40 Pro still uses US-made parts. The publication commissioned a group from Shenzhen to disassemble the newly released P40 Pro and have them identify the parts.

Huawei P40 Pro

Upon checking, they found three modules which came from US companies, namely, Qualcomm, Skyworks, and Qorvo. These parts are RF front ends, which are essential in making phone calls.

Now, the question is — how did these US firms do business with Huawei? The answer is simple. In the case of Qualcomm, it was able to secure a license from the US government. Meanwhile, no public data confirmed whether Skyworks and Qorvo have said licenses.

However, when the guys from TheNextWeb messaged Huawei, a company spokesperson clarified that all of the modules used in their devices were “obtained legally” from their global partners. This makes us believe that the said companies have acquired clearance from the US government.

READ: List of Huawei/Honor devices without Google Mobile Services

Huawei P30 Pro

This revelation is also somehow interesting. If we go back a year ago, Huawei P40 Pro’s predecessor, the P30 Pro‘s teardown showed that the Chinese company has been always been dependent on US-made hardware.

This whole thing tells us an important lesson in the tech industry. There’s no monopoly of technology on this matter yet. Despite how huge and advanced Huawei is, it still makes use of these US companies for its flagship devices. We’re not saying that Huawei cannot stand on its own, but this only shows how important outside suppliers are, and probably how better they are in some areas as of the moment. 

However, given the strength of Huawei, the US is also at a huge disadvantage with the continued trade ban. With the uncertainty of the ban, Huawei is likely to produce and develop these parts on its own in the future. If that happens, many US firms will surely take the hit. 

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