Huawei P40 Pro contains US components!

The Huawei P40 Pro contains U.S. components, but the story goes on. A teardown of the flagship revealed that Huawei uses components from US companies.

Huawei's inclusion in the US Entity List means that it is not permitted to do business with US companies if they do not secure a license. The ban also extends to hardware, whereby Huawei is prohibited from using hardware components from US companies.

Huawei P40 Pro teardown parts
Huawei P40 Pro Teardown Parts (Source: Financial Times)

However, as the Financial Times found, this is not the case with the Huawei P40 Pro. It was found that the phone is equipped with RF front-end modules and antennas from three US companies: Qualcomm, Skyworks and Qorvo. Although Qualcomm has secured a U.S. Department of Commerce license to work with Huawei, it is not clear whether Skyworks and Qorvo did the same.

It is interesting that the teardown found US parts in Huawei's newest flagship, because a similar teardown of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro from iFixit resulted in no parts from Skyworks or Qorvo. Instead, Huawei used alternatives that were obtained from its in-house HiSilicon department.

It is possible that Skyworks and Qorvo, like Qualcomm, have obtained a license from the commercial department. With the ban going on for over a year, Huawei had to find alternatives to U.S.-based hardware companies, and it did, relying on HiSilicon and suppliers from China and South Korea to fill the gaps.

However, it is very likely that the US companies have obtained a license to sell to Huawei. After all, Huawei wouldn't want to risk complicating matters with the U.S. government by disregarding the ban if it has demonstrated that it can source parts from non-U.S. suppliers.

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