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It seemed that after the sale by Huawei, a calmer future lay ahead for Honor. Thanks to this split, the company has decided to aim high, thanks also to the re-gaining of all the partnerships previously lost with the US ban. In particular, the partner with Qualcomm, no longer being able to take advantage of Huawei’s production chain and therefore the Kirin chipsets produced by HiSilicon. This made it possible to create devices like the Honor 50 family, not to mention the Magic 3, the world’s first with Snapdragon 888+. But it seems that the storm has all but passed for Honor, as the company risks ending up as a victim of US government decisions once again.

After Huawei, Honor could also (re)join the US Entity List

Last August 6, 14 Republican politicians in the House of Representatives (a part of the US Senate) specifically asked the Department of Commerce to place Honor on the Entity List. The reason for this request stems from the idea that Huawei spun Honor off from its company “in an attempt to circumvent U.S. export control policies designed to keep U.S. technology and software out of the hands of the Party

Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” The policymakers involved stressed that “the same concerns about technology exports to Honor when it was part of Huawei should apply under its current state-backed ownership structure

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response, the Department of Commerce granted the request, stating that it is “continually reviewing available information to identify potential additions to the entity list

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” As a reminder, companies placed on this blacklist cannot trade with U.S. companies. As a result, if Honor ends up falling victim to the US ban again, it would no longer be able to have partners like Google and Qualcomm. This would undermine post-Huawei resurgence plans on a grand scale, with Honor planning its return to the West. For now, none of the parties involved have released any communication on the matter.

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At this point, why Honor has waited before re-entering the Western market for all intents and purposes could stem from this very situation. Although the proposal of the Republicans is only a few days old, it’s possible that the Honor management wanted to take its time just to see if something like this could happen. Certainly, the partnership with Qualcomm, and the resulting emergence of smartphones like the Honor 50 and Magic 3, is already in place. But in the meantime, Honor has partly protected itself by relying on chipmaker UNISOC to supply SoCs for its mid/low-end

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