Huawei has always insisted on not selling its own chips as a profitable project, but this attitude has been relaxed recently. The latest report from Engadget says Huawei is interested in selling 5G baseband chips to Apple.
In January 2019, Huawei released a series of 5G products, the focus of which is the mobile phone baseband chip Balong 5000. This chip is not only powerful, but also the industry's first chip to achieve a single chip, multi-mode and full-band. It supports the full-band 5G network and is compatible with 4G, 3G and 2G networks downwards. Under the 5G sub-6GHz band, the peak download rate of Balong 5000 can reach 4.6. The peak download rate of Gbps, mmWave (millimeter wave) band is 6.5 Gbps, 10 times the experiential rate of 4G LTE. Huawei calls it a 5G extremely fast communication connection experience.
At present, Balong 5000 is equipped with high-end Kirin chipsets, which are also self-developed by Huawei, on 5G smartphones, but it refuses to provide them to third-party companies.
There is no news that Apple is interested in Huawei's technology. Huawei's relationship with Apple is not very friendly. If Huawei really intends to provide 5G baseband chips to Apple, it is estimated that it will be hampered by the U.S. government and under pressure from the tension between China and the United States.
Apple is currently in the embarrassing situation of the iPhone 5G baseband supply. It is reported that they plan to launch an iPhone supporting 5G technology by 2020, but Intel's current partner Intel may not be able to prepare 5G chips by 2020. Apple intends to switch to other partners, such as Samsung, and Samsung rejected Apple because its 5G chip could not meet the capacity of the Apple iPhone.
In addition, the patent dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is still ongoing, and Apple was initially awarded compensation by the court for a huge infringement fee by Qualcomm. But Qualcomm executives said in private last week that if Apple really lacks 5G chips, "Call us, Apple has our number."
Qualcomm said that although the two still on the court to tear, but the lawsuit to court, cooperation to cooperation. Qualcomm prepared in 5G technology, 5G products more natural to want the first to enter the market better, starting from the high point of view, 5G iPhone or other 5G intelligent mobile phone came too late, the higher the standard of baseband chip technology will come, this is not good for them.
But according to Qualcomm's attitude, even if the two companies cooperate, Apple will face a tough deal.