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Huawei can now order Samsung displays again

Samsung Display can sell to Huawei again. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung Display can sell to Huawei again. (Source: Samsung)
Huawei's place on the US administration's Entity List had cut it off from supplies of high-end OLED smartphone panels from Samsung and LG. However, new reports indicated that the former has obtained a license to sell these components to the Chinese OEM again. Then again, it still can't use them to make new flagship devices.

A new report from a Korean news outlet indicates that Samsung's display division has obtained a new license from the US government in order to work with Huawei again. This OEM has used OLED products from the company in the past to complete flagships such as the P30 series. However, since its blacklisting by the American authorities, it and other similar firms have been discouraged from supplying to the OEM.

Now, however, Samsung Display may be able to pick Huawei back up as a client again, whereas its main rival from LG has yet to secure the same approval at the time of writing. On the other hand, it may have competition from other panel-manufacturers more local to the Chinese OEM. They include BOE and TCL-CSOT, which have been in a position to work with the electronics giant unfettered by US trade restrictions.

In any case, Huawei remains unable to combine potential new Samsung Display orders with other vital smartphone components such as high-end processors. Then again, Intel and AMD have also recently become licensed to work with the OEM again.

This may imply the potential for next-gen PCs with Samsung OLED displays, up-to-date processors as well as graphics (perhaps even the freshly-launched RX 6000 series one day?) from Huawei or Honor. Then again, as it is also short on the ability to procure memory and storage, it may be some time before it acts on these possibilities again.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10-28 (Update: 2020-10-28)