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Teardown of China budget smartphone Honor reveals rise in U.S. parts

Former Huawei brand relies heavily on Qualcomm and Micron components

The Nikkei, in collaboration with research specialist Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, took apart the Honor's latest smartphone model X30.

TOKYO -- A teardown of Honor's latest smartphone model has revealed that parts made by U.S. companies account for 40% of the product's manufacturing cost, as the former budget brand of embattled Chinese tech group Huawei Technologies has turned to American suppliers since the former parent was targeted by Washington's sanctions.

Nikkei took apart the handset with the help of Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, a Tokyo-based research specialist. The estimated prices of components inside were tallied to calculate the relative share different countries had in producing the device.

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