Huawei Open To Selling Apple 5G Chipsets

Huawei's foldable Mate X phone uses the company's in-house Balong 5000 5G modem chip.                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET

Huawei's foldable Mate X phone uses the company's in-house Balong 5000 5G modem chip. Andrew Hoyle CNET

Huawei is a competitor to Apple, especially in worldwide markets, and the idea the company is only willing to supply 5G chips to Apple is an interesting one.

It seems as if Huawei is willing to make an exception for Apple.

With Apple stuck in a constant legal skirmish with Qualcomm, it doesn't appear that the chip manufacturer will be supplying its technology to the iPhone maker, despite the fact that analysts are confident that Qualcomm will turn back its decision. To the surprise of many, one unlikely company has stepped forward with an olive branch, as well as the offer of its 5G modems: Huawei.

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As Apple continues to fight its way through the quagmire of lawsuits against it, the company from Cupertino is also still looking for modem suppliers besides Qualcomm and Intel.

Engadget has reported, citing a source aware of the development, that Huawei is open to selling its 5G Balong 5000 chipset to only one company - Apple.

As a shock to some, Huawei has reportedly confirmed it's "open" to selling Apple its 5G Balong 5000 chipsets - despite strained US-China trade tensions, and carrier refusal to sell Huawei smartphones in the States. Another thing to point out is that while Apple has a slew of engineers working on its own modem solution, chances are that the first commercial silicon might not be launched until 2021. As it stands, the company is also trying to develop its own 5G modem in an effort to reduce its dependency on third-party suppliers. It's 5G-ready XMM 8160 modems would be available for its customers in the second half of 2019. Not only would it be paying a rival, it could also create problems with the U.S. government. After all, just because you're a rival in the smartphone industry doesn't mean you can not supply a particular component.

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