This is a small step for the US government, a big step for Huawei. Jostled by increasingly strict trade sanctions, the Chinese giant can once again obtain OLED screens from Samsung, indicates the Korean media Yonhap. This is the first time that the Commerce Department has relaxed its restrictive measures.
Less "risky" components
The move follows a request by Samsung (and other Korean manufacturers) to the US Department of Commerce. Several companies, including Samsung Display, were prohibited from continuing to supply Huawei with components.
In the meantime, Huawei had turned to BOE, a Chinese company specializing in the manufacture of displays. However, BOE does not provide panels as qualitative as those from Samsung. A lesser evil, while waiting for better then.
This best has happened. The US Department of Commerce responded favorably to Samsung's request that the screens were less " at risk " than other electronic parts (processors, RAM, GPS, photo sensors, 5G modem, etc.). Samsung Display is thus the first supplier of components for smartphones to benefit from such an exemption.
In the PC universe, Intel and AMD have also reportedly received the green light from the Commerce Department to supply new processors to Huawei for the manufacture of its future Matebook computers.
Other companies waiting
While Samsung Display, Intel and AMD have succeeded in convincing the US Department of Commerce, other companies are still waiting for a favorable decision. The other giant of screens LG Display still has to wait.
This is also the case with Samsung Electronics, a leader in semiconductors essential to the manufacture of a smartphone. Finally SK Hynix, supplier of RAM and storage-related components (especially SSDs) is also awaiting the decision of the American authorities.
The light at the end of the tunnel?
Are the US authorities about to relax all restrictions against Huawei? It is still too early to tell. Nevertheless, the Chinese giant can breathe a little, the problem of the components seeming to be resolved little by little.
Still, the American authorities do not seem ready to lift the restrictions related to the software part. While Huawei PCs still have Windows on board, its smartphones are still provided without Google services. The Mate 40 Pro, launched a few days ago, runs well on Android but in its AOSP version with the Chinese EMUI overlay.
For two years now, Huawei has been developing its own services and applications to replace those of Google. The Mate 40 Pro therefore embeds Huawei Mobile Services and the App Gallery to access a library of applications replacing the Play Store.
The Chinese have also just launched Petal Search, Petal Maps and Huawei Docs, other services aimed at replacing Google's applications. Despite everything, if Chinese advances are particularly rapid, the experience remains complicated for consumers who are not familiar with new technologies.