Huawei Mate 60 Pro teardown: Who provides the 5G chipset?

The latest teardown video of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro caused some headaches among politicians and companies.
Huawei Mate 60 Pro

The latest teardown video of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro caused some headaches among politicians and companies. How did Huawei manage to get a 5G-ready 7nm chipset? This should not be possible under the current sanctions. And yet you can buy the devices on the open market in China. Now here is another teardown of the Huawei phone, this time in English instead of Chinese. Not that it makes the situation any clearer. Here the smartphone’s motherboard exposed:

You can’t see the HiSilicon Kirin 9000s chipset itself, instead you can see the SK Hynix RAM chips sitting above it. These are themselves a mystery. SK Hynix has launched an investigation to find out exactly how these got into the Huawei Mate 60 Pro. The company itself says that it has not sold any components to Huawei since 2020, when the sanctions came into force.

Apart from that, a drop test also just came out from the same YouTube channel called PBKreviews. The test showed how robust Huawei’s Kunlun 2 glass is. This is important to mention because the 6.82-inch LTPO AMOLED display in the Huawei Mate 60 Pro teardown was very difficult to remove and was irreparably damaged in the process.

Ultimately, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro received a repairability rating of 5/10 in the teardown. The difficult removal of the display prevented a higher rating, but is a necessary step to access the inner workings. There is no other way to replace most components.

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