Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is planning to launch a high-end, 5G enabled smartphone in Europe, and it's doing so without the benefit of having Google's (GOOGL) Android OS and other Google apps, Huawei executives told Reuters.
The phone, called the Mate 30, is set to be released September 30 in Munich, Germany. This will be Huawei's first major phone launch since President Trump officially blacklisted Huawei from doing business with American companies.
While much of investors' focus regarding the blacklist has been on U.S. semiconductor makers like Qualcomm's (QCOM) inability to supply Huawei devices, Google is also not allowed to do business with the Chinese tech and telecom giant. With the Mate 30 unable to feature the Android OS, apps such as Google Maps will not be on the phone. While this could conceivably threaten to reduce the phone's value proposition to consumers, Huawei is moving forward with the launch. Given the blacklisting, Huawei has been working on developing its own operating system and ecosystem.
Under the ban, U.S. companies can apply to the U.S. government for special permission to do business with Huawei. Google has not come forward with a statement on whether it has applied to receive a license to work with Huawei. According to a Reuters report, the U.S. chamber of commerce has received 130 applications for licenses, but the agency has not granted any licenses yet.
As for the chip that will power the Mate 30, Huawei will use its own "Kirin 990," made by its chip making unit, HiSilicon.
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