Huawei Considers Selling 5G Modems Only to Apple

Ciara Alarcon
Apple is having a hard time looking for a 5G modem supplier. However, one of its competitors, Huawei, is reportedly willing to sell its modem solely to the American tech giant. Major plot twist, isn’t it?

Huawei Considers Selling 5G Modems Only to Apple
Huawei Considers Selling 5G Modems Only to Apple

To date, Huawei modems are strictly for the company’s products only. So, it’s quite surprising that the Chinese mobile maker considers opening its door to supply Apple with their Balong 5000 chipset, most especially when the U.S. government banned Huawei equipment. They even advised other countries to follow their decision to do so.

Having this thing on our mind, if Apple enters into a deal with Huawei, their devices that sport Balong 5000 might be limited only to other countries, while it won’t be available on its native land. Also, this “partnership” might hurt their relationship with the U.S. government.

As a background, recent reports revealed that Apple was rejected by its rival Samsung and Qualcomm to supply 5G chips for them. With this, Apple might consider tapping MediaTek if Intel fails to power up their upcoming iPhones.

Huawei Mate X with Balong 5000
Huawei Mate X with Balong 5000

See Also: Apple Considered Samsung, MediaTek Modems for 5G iPhones

Samsung explained that it turned down the deal with Apple in terms of 5G modems because its Exynos 5100 has no enough supply yet. Hence, if Apple wants their modems, the Korean tech giant will surely control the negotiation.

Meanwhile, Apple's legal battles with Qualcomm continue to hinder their possible 5G collaboration.

On the other hand, Huawei’s Balong 5000 is already available and is currently powering up the Mate 20X and the foldable Mate X.

What can you say? Do you think Apple will be interested with this deal? Let us know what you think!

Source: Engadget

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