The Strategist

Sony receives a licence to supply chips for Huawei smartphone cameras

11/02/2020 - 04:17

Leading smartphone camera sensor manufacturers Sony and OmniVision have been licensed by the US government to supply these components to the Chinese company Huawei. This was reported by the Nikkei publication citing sources in the industry.

Marcin Wichary
Marcin Wichary
Japanese company Sony is the only premium sensor manufacturer in the world whose production is used in the manufacture of video cameras for flagship smartphones. Sony’s sensors are used by leading manufacturers, including Apple and Huawei. In particular, these sensors are also found in the new series of Huawei Mate 40 smartphones introduced at the end of October.

As of 15 September, international companies must obtain a licence from the US government to supply Huawei with electronic components manufactured using US technology. According to Nikkei, Sony and another manufacturer of such sensors - OmniVision - have already received the relevant papers.

However, the future of Huawei's smartphone business is still uncertain. The Chinese company has also relied on foreign manufacturers' chips in other smartphone components, including memory chips and mobile processors.