The U.S. trade ban against Huawei has drastically reduced the amount of components the Chinese brand can acquire from U.S. firms. So what does that mean for the Huawei P30 Pro, released before the saga unfolded?
Well, Nikkei has conducted a teardown of the new flagship, revealing that 0.9 percent of all components in the P30 Pro come from the U.S. More specifically, 15 U.S. parts are used out of a total of 1,631.
U.S. parts account for 16.3 percent of the total component cost though, or $59.36 out of $363.83. Some of the more prominent U.S. parts spotted in the Huawei P30 Pro teardown include DRAM from Micron, communication semiconductors from Skyworks and Qorvo, and Gorilla Glass from Corning.
It’s unclear if Huawei has swapped out components in the P30 Pro following the trade ban, but the company was reportedly stockpiling components before it was added to the U.S. Entity List. Several U.S. companies are also said to be using a legal loophole to keep selling parts to the Chinese brand.
In any event, it’s clear U.S. parts only make up a tiny percentage of all components in the latest Huawei flagship. These parts are pretty valuable though, so Huawei will need to come up with alternative suppliers or develop its own parts if the trade embargo remains in place or loopholes are closed.