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Huawei crackdown

Huawei drops 5G for new P50 phones as US sanctions grip

Embattled Chinese giant able to secure Qualcomm 4G chips for low-key launch

Huawei unveils its P50 and P50 Pro smartphones at a launch event on July 29. (Image courtesy of Huawei Technologies)

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies on Thursday night revealed its first premium smartphones equipped with the Chinese group's alternative to Android software but without 5G connectivity, in a setback forced by restrictions on its access to American technology.

Huawei -- the world's second-biggest smartphone maker as recently as last year -- said its latest P50 and P50 Pro phones run on HarmonyOS.

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