Huawei says Kirin SoCs are not coming back in 2023

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Huawei was well-known for its in-house Kirin SoCs, which it is no longer developing. Why is that? Well, the US sanctions, basically. Huawei is prevented from using certain technologies and doing business with some companies. There were some rumors Huawei will kickstart Kirin SoCs in 2023, but it seems like the company has just confirmed that won’t happen.

Huawei won’t bring back Kirin SoCs in 2023

Huawei would, of course, gladly develop and use its Kirin SoCs. That is not possible at the moment. The main reason is the fact Huawei can’t find a chip manufacturer that doesn’t use US-based technology in its factories.

For example, if chips are manufactured using machines from the US, Huawei cannot really do business with a company that is using them. That’s just one example, as that’s often the case.


We’re not sure if Huawei gave up the Kirin lineup completely, or if is it still trying to find a way to get back to it. Either way, we won’t see any movement in that regard next year.

The US sanctions caused a lot of problems for the company

Huawei is, of course, still hoping that the US sanctions will go away, but it doesn’t look like it. Both the Republican and Democrat sides in the US seem to agree on the matter.

This ban was put into place during the Trump administration, and it continued when Joe Biden took over. The US doesn’t really plan on changing that anytime soon.


Huawei has been releasing some compelling products in the last couple of years, despite the US ban. There are a number of limitations that the company is facing, though.

Huawei, as part of this ban, cannot even use Google Services on its phones. Therefore, the Play Store is out of the question, including Google apps. Huawei developed its own services (HMS), and worked hard on its own app store (AppGallery). It’s not the same, though, of course.

On top of that, Huawei has been using 4G variants of well-known Qualcomm processors lately. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro, for example, is fueled by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 4G, not its regular 5G counterpart.