Huawei is claiming that it has not reduced smartphone production orders, basically saying that the report out of the South China Morning Post is fake news.
The report noted on Monday, that after Trump's ban on Huawei, it has reduced production on some of its most popular smartphones. This seemed pretty accurate, seeing as Huawei smartphone owners are now selling their phones left and right, and seeing major price drops on some of Huawei's most expensive devices like the newly announced P30 Pro.
Huawei said that it "refutes these claims. Our global production levels are normal, with no notable adjustments in either direction", in an emailed statement to Android Authority early Tuesday morning.
It's pretty common for manufacturers to adjust the production of their smartphones. For instance, when the P30 Pro launched, they likely ramped up production. But now that it's been out for a good two to three months, they don't need to be making as many, and can ramp down production a bit, to focus on other devices. However, Huawei seems to be pretty firm here in saying that it has not adjusted the production level at all.
Huawei has had a pretty tough month. With US President, Donald Trump basically banning the company from doing business in the US. As it can no longer work with any US companies. That includes Google, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, and even some European companies cut ties, like ARM. Which has made things pretty difficult for Huawei. It basically means that it can't even make a smartphone.
Since then, Huawei has been in defensive mode, pretty heavily. Putting out statements saying that it will still continue to push out updates to its existing smartphones and that those existing smartphones will still have Google services. Not to mention the fact that there is a lot of fake news going around regarding Huawei. Like the fact that many believe that Google services will be yanked from their Huawei smartphone – when that is not the case.
Huawei has also stressed that the US government has zero evidence that it is working with the Chinese government to spy on its users. These allegations date back to 2012, when the allegations first arose. Under the Obama Administration, countless investigations were opened into Huawei. With one lasting almost two years, and it found zero evidence that Huawei was controlled by China's Communist party.
While Trump has been adament that Huawei is a "very dangerous" company, he seems to be putting his foot in his mouth. Saying that he could see Huawei being part of a trade deal with China. Essentially, Huawei is being used as a pawn in this trade war with China, and it is drastically damaging Huawei's reputation in the West. If Huawei was ever able to fully enter the US and sell smartphones on US carriers, it likely wouldn't work out well, all thanks to Trump targeting the company.
So it's business as usual for Huawei, though it wouldn't be surprising to see the company scale back on its production in the next few weeks if this trade war isn't settled between the US and China.