In a strange turn of events, Huawei is willing to sell their new 5G modem for smartphones, but only to Apple. Currently, Apple does not have a 5G modem provider because of the legal battles it has with Qualcomm, so the fact that Huawei is open to a deal with them may prove to be crucial for Apple. However, let’s not forget the fact that the US and parts of Europe are trying to ban Huawei devices.
Huawei is not known for selling chips, being them CPUs or modems, but such a deal could pave the way to new business opportunities for the company. Furthermore, Apple is a major smartphone and tablet manufacturers so any provider that will win the contract will surely have a lot to gain. But this strategy is strange since Apple is one of Huawei’s major competitor, both of them trying to beat Samsung for the top stop in smartphone sales.
All of this should be taken with a grain of salt. It is very plausible that Huawei may sell their 5G modems, but let’s not forget the other major chip makers out there that will have such solutions available in the near future. Intel, Apples current modem provide, is said to have their modem ready by the end of 2019. Samsung is one of Apple major provider for RAM, Memory and OLED Screens and could easily take another big order from them. Mediatek is another chip provider, but being a Chinese company as well could prove difficult in convincing Apple and the US government.