Will the United States lift sanctions on Huawei?

In 2018, the China-based multinational Huawei was climbing positions in the mobile market. According to data from Gartner’s second quarter of the year, the company overtook Apple for the first time in device sales, achieving second place. But the following year, its growth came crashing down with U.S. sanctions.

In 2019, the Donald Trump-led government applied a veto on Huawei. The company was placed on the “Entity List,” a list compiling foreign entities engaged in activities that could potentially divert U.S. products to be used in the creation of weapons of mass destruction.

Since then, companies in the country have been barred from working with Huawei, causing the electronics giant to lose ground in the market. The company has continued its operations, but restrictions have limited its business. However, there may be a light on the way for the manufacturer, as the United States could lift the sanctions imposed.

What will happen to the Huawei sanctions?

In reality, it has not been confirmed that the United States will lift the sanctions imposed on Huawei three years ago. What has emerged is that the current administration, led by Joe Biden, plans to ease restrictions on the Chinese company.

This has been confirmed by a Bloomberg publication, which states that the United States will authorize the release of some software and standardized technologies from U.S. firms to Chinese companies such as Huawei. In this way, the manufacturer could once again have access to some of the essential technologies for its devices. 

To materialize this process, U.S. stakeholders will have to reach standardization and standardization agreements. This is key to ensure that no more technologies are shared than strictly necessary, or those that could be considered risky for national security.

Therefore, it is still unclear what kind of technologies Huawei will be able to access again. Let us recall that since the imposition of the sanctions, the firm not only lost access to Google Mobile Services (GMS) in cell phones with new parts. It also lost access to 5G chips for its devices.

What does Huawei say about the potential easing of restrictions?

So far, Huawei has not commented on the matter. However, it is important to note that from the beginning, the company has been adamant that its products and services pose no threat to users’ security or privacy. 

Huawei Mate 50, a new flagship arriving without 5G 

If you were wondering how Huawei’s cell phone business is doing, the launch of this new device may show a bit of its moves. The company hasn’t stopped production, but it has had to jump through a lot of hoops.

In this case, the Mate 50 series is presented as one of the first smartphones that can connect with China’s BeiDou global satellite navigation system. Thanks to this, users will be able to send messages and their location data in the absence of a local mobile network service.

The new cell phone features 4G mobile connectivity and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which adapted the chip for use with this network. It also runs HarmonyOS 3, the latest version of Huawei’s operating system, created as an alternative to Android.

What other options do you have for Huawei devices in 2022?

What other options do you have for Huawei devices in 2022?

The absence of Google services may be a limitation to buy devices of this brand. However, if you know a bit about technology, you can install some services under certain considerations. 

In any case, Huawei cell phones stand out for having attractive and quality designs, good autonomy and excellent cameras. Some of the alternatives you have are:

  • Huawei P Smart 2021: it is ideal for those with tight budgets. It has a generous storage space of 128 GB, quad camera with 48 MP main sensor, and a 5,000 mAh battery with fast charging.
  • Huawei P40 Lite: it has a higher price than the previous one, but stands out for its design, solvency in autonomy and quad camera.
  • Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro+: these are devices with 6.5-inch OLED panels and a resolution of 2,640 x 1,200 pixels. 

If, indeed, the United States eases sanctions on Huawei and allows it access to certain technologies, the manufacturer could offer interesting smartphones to its users next year. It remains to wait to know how it ends and if an agreement is reached that allows to relax tensions between the two parties.

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