U.S. blacklisted Chinese telecom giant Huawei is reportedly planning to relaunch 5G phones as early as next year.

As the Financial Times reports, the firm is looking to use non-restricted chips made by Chinese companies to resume market share lost due to U.S. sanctions. The former Apple competitor was forced out of many overseas markets after Washington banned it from acquiring U.S. technology, including the Kirin chipsets designed by HiSilicon.

The less sophisticated chips could affect user experience, especially compared to the company’s earlier smartphones and Apple’s iPhone 14. But sources told the Times that Huawei is eager to quickly reintroduce 5G phones to the market.

The Times quotes one of its sources as saying, “Huawei has lost its leading position in the mobile phone market to American sanctions years ago. Now even their domestic market share keeps dwindling.”

Huawei was also considering developing phone casings with integrated 5G connectivity components. These cases are currently available on the market. Shenzhen-based company Soyea Technology is known for offering such products, and already, it has developed phone cases for Huawei’s P50 Pro.

Analysts predict that Huawei will have difficulty regaining worldwide market share without Google, even if it successfully relaunches 5G phones. Due to U.S. restrictions, Huawei can no longer access Google, which prevents its phones from running widely used programs like Gmail and the Google Play Store.

Douglas Fuller, an expert in China’s semiconductor industry, told the Times, “It would take Huawei so long to build up internally or externally the supply chain it needs to pull this off from that we’ll probably be in the 6G era before this can be done.”

Huawei introduced the Mate X.S. 2 foldable phone earlier this year, but it was only compatible with 4G networks in the age of 5G. It also comes at a premium cost, which begins at £1,700 in the U.K. (or over $1,880) for a version of 8 G.B. of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

According to the Times, Chinese buyers are protesting Huawei’s expensive smartphones’ absence of 5G services.

Michael Li, the owner of a Shenzhen-based repair shop, says, “In just a week [after Huawei launched Mate 50], hundreds of people have approached me to modify their Mate 50 so that it can support 5G networks.”

Li says some customers even asked him if he could swap their Mate 40’s chips for the new ones. Mate 40 is a Huawei 5G phone from a prior generation.

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