If a new report is to be believed, Huawei may be forced to switch to Qualcomm processors for the upcoming Huawei P50 series. Previously, it was suggested that Huawei would be using its own Kirin 9000 chipsets for the P50. However, between supply constraints and the ongoing U.S. trade ban, Huawei is being forced to change its course.
But if you were thinking that Huawei would just make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset, you have to think again. Because of the trade ban, Huawei is not able to use 5G technology. There have been quite a few rumors regarding the development of a 4G-only Snapdragon 888, but that chipset has yet to be unveiled by Qualcomm.
These same rumors claim that Qualcomm is working on 4G-only versions of the Snapdragon 888 Plus, along with the next flagship chip in the Snapdragon 895. This would open the door for Huawei to actually get its hands on processors without being too concerned with supply constraints for its future devices.
It seems that the standard Huawei P50 would be powered by Qualcomm processors, while the P50 Pro would initially launch with the Kirin 9000. Huawei is just struggling to produce enough of its Kirin chipsets to integrate them into all of the upcoming P50 variants.
The Huawei P50 has already been delayed several times, as it was expected to be unveiled at an event in June. Unfortunately, Huawei only teased the device, sharing that it would be coming sometime this year.