In May, Huawei decided to stop ordering medium and medium-sized equipment without using Kirin chips because of a US ban. The company is said to have stocked enough chips and components for several months, but according to Digitimes, high-end devices are currently affected.
Digitimes reported that Huawei has started to cut output of the P30 and P30 Pro, the two current top devices. Not only that, the company also reduced the output of Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, though not yet released. Mate line is considered to be Huawei's most advanced smartphone of the year.
It is unclear what features Mate 30 will have when Huawei is on the US embargo list. HiSilicon's AMOLED 6.7-inch QHD + display, HiSilicon's Kirin 985 and Balong 5000 5G chips are expected. Also, most likely Mate 30 running Hongmeng (Ark) operating system developed by itself because Huawei is banned from using Android. Huawei already has its own app store called the App Gallery but still has to wait and see how the developer supports ArkOS.
Huawei predicts mobile sales in the international market may fall 40% to 60% this year. Of the 206 million units sold in 2018, about half are sold abroad. That means Huawei smartphone sales will fall by 60 million.
Once the amount of Kirin chips used up, everything would be more difficult for Huawei. Because ARM chip maker stopped trading, Huawei had to find an alternative. Software from the US that Huawei uses to design chips must also be replaced. Although Huawei has predicted a difficult future, it seems that they cannot immediately have an alternative plan for all.