Huawei is open to sell 5G chips to Apple
Huawei is open to selling its 5G chips and other silicon to rival smartphone makers including Apple, said Ren Zhengfei, the company’s founder and CEO during a CNBC interview.
Currently, Apple hasn’t released a device capable of supporting 5G. The company previously used modems from Qualcomm and Intel for its iPhones, but its latest device uses only silicon from the latter. Apple and Qualcomm are locked in a series of legal battles relating to patents. Qualcomm has a modem that can support 5G, while Intel’s product isn’t expected to hit the market until 2020. That means Huawei could become a viable alternative if Apple wants to released a 5G-ready phone this year.
So far, 5G chips have been used only in Huawei’s devices, and selling them to competitors would mark a significant change in strategy for the company, and a potential challenge to Qualcomm and Intel.