It seems that Apple is not the only company that is looking to reduce reliance on third party hardware. Ever since 2018, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has been incorporating its own in-house developed HiSilicon Kirin SoCs to its high-end phones. Its lower to mid-range devices on the other hand, are still relying on third party chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek, but that will seem to change in the coming years.
According to Taiwanese news website Digisite, hardware suppliers for Huawei have reported that the company is planning to fully replace third party chipset usage with its own Kirin processors. The Kirin chipsets are expected to power up about 60% of Huawei devices in the second half of 2019, and the company is looking to be fully self-reliant in device production beyond 2020.
This decision to reduce reliance on third party hardware is most likely aimed at further reducing production cost for its devices. This seems to be the case with the recent release of the Kirin 810, a chipset Huawei plans to utilise in their mid-range and budget-friendly devices. The chipset was introduced along with the company’s Nova 5 smartphone, and was reportedly surpassing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipsets in terms of performance.