Huawei’s CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei had confirmed earlier that the company would not be selling its smartphone business. He stated further that the company is also preparing to launch a new foldable, as well as the P50 flagship series from the Chinese company.
However, as has surfaced, the company will be building fewer phones in comparison to what it has done in the past.
In contrast to the previous numbers, this would be a major downgrade from the 189 million smartphone units that Huawei shipped earlier in 2020. Furthermore, in 2019, the company shipped 240 million smartphones.
This decrease comes after the US government under the former President of the United States, Donald Trump banned the Chinese company from making use of Google’s Android services and smartphone components. To tackle this, Huawei has come up with HarmonyOS as ate backup alternative.
Previously, Huawei sold its Honor smartphone business with the company’s plans to focus on premium smartphones. The company is also struggling to get 5G components for its units. This, according to suppliers could result in a reduction of units to 50 million.
Despite all of these issues, the company is still on track for the launch of the Mate X2, the company’s next best foldable on February 22nd. This device will feature a display that folds inwards, rather than outwards.
The Mate X2 is also confirmed to sport the 5nm Kirin 9000 processor. The company is also expected to launch the P50 series, consisting of the P50, P50 Pro as well as P50 Pro+ by end of March, also touted to sport the Kirin 9000 processor.