It seems Huawei isn’t as worried about the United States sanctions as you’d expect them to be. The ban on exports from the country to these companies has been said to threaten Huawei’s competitor, ZTE’s existence, but the top Chinese smartphone maker isn’t worried. Huawei’s chairman, Ken Hu, told a french newspaper that he doesn’t foresee the US punishing his company as it did to ZTE.
According to Hu, his company doesn’t violate the sanctions on Iran and North Korea as ZTE did. So, it seems the reported investigations by the US Justice Department don’t really put Huawei on the back foot.
Further, Hu also said that Huawei intends to “keep buying American chips this year” and has apparently started working on its own operating system, just in case it happens to lose the Android license. Of course, losing the Android license could seriously hurt the company, so that move does make sense.
In addition, Huawei also makes its own chips, under the HiSilicon brand. While the company hasn’t been able to catch up with Qualcomm and Samsung just yet, it could fall back on these chips to keep itself afloat for a while. The same isn’t true for ZTE.