Later last month, Huawei started pre-sale of the Huawei Mate 60 in China, This quiet launch came during the visit of US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and there are some interesting memes that you need to see to understand why they’re surging online.
Back in 2019, Huawei was banned by the US Commerce Department under its entity list. It restricts listed companies from purchasing US-based products and the ones that are also made outside of the US with its technologies.
The situation became worse for the Chinese company when the US expanded the reach of restrictions to overseas companies. This includes Taiwan’s TSMC, which is largely known for its chip manufacturing capability.
In that year, Huawei had to give up on its own semiconductor chip and this has struck a major blow to its smartphone business. The lack of important components led to a drop in production. Also, a sudden drop in Google mobile services affected the interest of global customers.
The result was devasting, Huawei’s smartphone ranking dropped from the top 5 to the outside of the top 10 after two years of 2019 events. This shows the impact of the US ban on Huawei’s supply chain.
Within that timeframe, Huawei continued to research domestic technologies and helped local manufacturers achieve success in new products. Huawei also reportedly supporting the Chinese semiconductor industry to achieve self-reliance in large chip design including 12-14nm and above.
As of August 2023, Huawei has established most of its supply chain back to normal. This includes a functional homemade chipset. Yes, the chip and its processing technology are currently a mystery but its appearance inside the device is already exposed.
The unveiling of the Huawei Mate 60 Pro surprised the tech community. Because the company usually organizes a large event to reveal such flagship products but Huawei chose to do different.
It might be a coincidence that the launch happened online and during the visit of US commerce minister Gina Raimondo. This is sparking discussion among Chinese social media users and some memes are showing Raimondo as a brand ambassador of the Huawei Mate 60 series.
These memes of Gina Raimondo featuring on the Huawei Mate 60 series (edited) cover are widely circulating. It seems like the return of the Huawei Mate 60 series has brought people a way to express themselves in Huawei’s corner. But it’s only for fun.