The subsidiary brand, Honor, of the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, will eye at launching its future smartphones with a 5G MediaTek chipset, confirmed the brand’s President of Business Unit, Zhao Ming. Zhao was addressing media after attending the launch event of Honor X10 when he made the announcement.
“Honor has always cooperated with MediaTek and will continue to cooperate in the future.,” said Zhao in the press conference. This was in response to a question from a reporter on whether Honor is considering MediaTek 5G SoC for its future smartphones. The subsidiary brand of Huawei, however, has not used a MediaTek 5G SoC in the Honor X10 which was launched the same day when Zhao addressed media.
In his addressing, the senior executive of Honor reiterated that the tech brand has maintained a good relation with MediaTek and aims to strengthen this relation further. Notably, the Honor X10 is powered by the company’s proprietary processor, HiSilicon Kirin 820 SoC. However, the brand eyes at pressing 5G MediaTek processors in it’s future smartphone models.
Recently, US, reportedly, applied restrictions on chipset supply to Huawei, subsequent to which, TSMC stopped supplying the processor chipset to Huawei. Notably, TSMC was the second largest chipset supplier to Huawei. TSMC has, reportedly, stopped taking any new orders from Huawei after the US restrictions. This decision by TSMC will also affect its revenue book as Huawei has been a major revenue generater for TSMC. So, it was a loss-loss deal for both, TSMC and Huawei, after US applied the restrictions on TSMC for the chip supply to Huawei.
Hence, the company, seemingly, has forged alliance with MediaTek for it’s processor chipset need.