For a while now, Huawei has been using their own Kirin chipsets for its smartphones. However, that could change with the upcoming P50 series because according to reports, Huawei might actually have to turn to Qualcomm to supply them the necessary hardware due to a couple of factors.
One of those reasons is due to a trade ban by the US on Huawei, which apparently has hindered the company from making more of its Kirin 9000 chipsets. The company has already made some, but it seems that it isn’t enough for the number of units they plan to produce, which means that they’ll have to mix and match with Qualcomm chipsets.
The other issue is also related to the trade ban where Huawei isn’t allowed to use 5G tech, which means that even the chipsets they source from Qualcomm, which will most likely be the Snapdragon 888, will have to be the 4G variant. We’re sure that this won’t go down well with customers who might feel a bit “cheated” in this day and age where 5G is becoming commonplace, especially in flagship phones.
Either way, Huawei hasn’t confirmed anything yet so it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt and wait for an official announcement from the company.