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Huawei Adds More Self-Made Chips to Smartphones to Cut Reliance on U.S.

By Ding Yi / Jan 13, 2020 12:46 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Huawei has equipped more of its smartphones with its self-developed processors as it strives to reduce its dependence on U.S. technology.

The embattled Chinese smartphone-maker fitted 74.6% of all the handsets it shipped in the third quarter last year with homemade “Kirin” processors. That compares with 68.7% of all handsets sold during the same period in 2018, according to a report by research firm IHS Markit.

The pivot to proprietary processors led U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm’s share of Huawei shipments to decrease to 8.6% in the third quarter from 24% the year before, while Taiwan’s MediaTek’s presence rose to 16.7%.

However, Qualcomm preserved its dominance over the global mobile-processor market with a 31% market share, followed by MediaTek with 21%, IHS Markit said.

Ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China have prompted Huawei to decouple from Qualcomm. The Chinese company is still on a U.S. trade blacklist which bars it from purchasing components from U.S. companies, including Qualcomm, though the ban was partly lifted in November.

Huawei is also installing its own chips in other devices. In November, the company launched the MatePad Pro, an iPad-like tablet computer powered by a Kirin 990 processor.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Amid U.S. Ban, Huawei Unveils Tablet Powered by Homegrown Chip

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