More renders of the Huawei P50 series 2021 flagship phones surface
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This new export rule, announced last year exactly on the one-year anniversary of the Entity List announcement, means that Huawei is unable to acquire large numbers of its own 5nm Kirin chipset that it itself designed through its HiSilicon unit, and had manufactured by TSMC. Huawei ended up selling its Honor sub-unit reportedly for $15 billion so that the latter would not be guilty by association and lose access to software and hardware. As a result, instead of finishing the year as the number one smartphone provider in the world, which would have happened otherwise, the U.S. actions will drop Huawei to seventh or eighth place among the world’s top smartphone providers.
Both models might be powered by variants of the home-grown Kirin 9000 chipset. The P50 Pro units could be equipped with the flagship Kirin 9000 SoC that debuted on last year’s Mate 40 line. The P50 is expected to feature a slightly lower spec’d version of the chip, the Kirin 9000E.
Some executives at Huawei had hoped that when the Biden administration moved in the White House, the new administration would make it a priority to reverse the moves made against Huawei by the Donald Trump regime. So far, there has been nothing said or done by those currently in power to lead anyone to expect that to happen.