Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Huawei Open To Selling Apple 5G Chipsets

Huawei Open To Selling Apple 5G Chipsets

According to Engadget, one answer may come in the form of Huawei. The Balong 5000 5G modem chip will debut on Huawei's first phone to support the next generation of wireless connectivity - Mate X, which also happens to be the company's first foldable smartphone.

So far, the company has refrained from selling the advanced processors and modems it uses on its mobile portfolio to other competitors. Huawei now uses its Balong 5000 5G modem, and it is reported that this chip will be integrated with the Mate 30 series when they officially roll out later this year.

Huawei's surprising change of heart only really matters because Apple appears to be in a tough spot with its sole modem supplier, Intel. Rumors have persisted that Apple is struggling with the rollout of a 5G iPhone, with an analyst claiming that the California-based giant might have to push the launch of the first 5G-ready handset to 2021. But a report claims that Apple has "lost confidence" in Intel after the world's largest chipset manufacturer failed to meet certain development deadlines. Not only would it be paying a rival, it could also create problems with the U.S. government.

This claim might sound odd, especially after claims from January that the platform would be used only on smart products part of the Huawei portfolio, including phones and other IoT technology.

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. It supports both sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks, and is backward compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks. If only to help Apple to ship out a 5G-capable iPhone within the next couple of years.

Remember, back when Huawei was supposed to launch its Mate 10 Pro through a carrier partnership?

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