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Last Updated : May 22, 2019 12:45 PM IST | Source: Reuters

SoftBank's Ymobile to delay launch of Huawei P30 Lite phone

The smartphone from Huawei Technologies was due to go on sale on May 24 but a SoftBank spokesman said the telco wanted to be confident it could sell the product in light of the US restrictions.

Japanese telco SoftBank Corp's low-cost mobile brand Ymobile said on May 22 it would delay the launch of Huawei P30 Lite smartphone, following the imposition of trade restrictions on the Chinese manufacturer by Washington.

The smartphone from Huawei Technologies was due to go on sale on May 24 but a SoftBank spokesman said the telco wanted to be confident it could sell the product in light of the US restrictions.

The US Commerce Department blocked Huawei from buying US goods last week, a major escalation in the trade war between the world's two top economies, saying the firm was involved in activities contrary to national security.

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Another Japanese telco, KDDI Corp, said on May 22 it was putting the launch of the Huawei P30 Lite Premium handset on hold. Japan's largest telco, NTT Docomo, said it was considering putting on hold reservations for the Huawei P30 Pro smartphone.

The United States temporarily eased the restrictions on Huawei on May 20, to minimise disruption for customers. The move is likely to allow companies such as Google to continue providing support such as software updates to Huawei smartphones sold on or before May 16.

Alphabet Inc's Google suspended some business with Huawei, Reuters reported on May 19. The firm's smartphones run on Google's Android operating system.

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First Published on May 22, 2019 12:33 pm
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