Why Huawei phones won't come with microSD card slotsLast updated on May 25, 2019, 03:28 pm
The ripples of Trump administration's trade ban on Huawei are showing from all corners of the technology sector.
First, Google, Intel, and Qualcomm severed ties with the Chinese giant, then Microsoft removed their laptops from its store.
Now, making things even worse, the SD Association has barred Huawei from offering microSD card support on its devices.
Here's more on the latest debacle.
Removal from SD Association
Today, every technology company that offers SD/microSD support on its devices does so in accordance with the standards set by the SD Association.
The non-profit organization has plenty of members (including Apple and Samsung), but just recently, SumahoInfo reported that Huawei has been removed from its list of members.
This led many to believe that the company may be barred by the organization.
Soon, the speculation was confirmed
Just as the report started circulating, a spokesperson from the SD Association confirmed the action to Android Authority, noting that they are complying with the Trump administration's executive order of blacklisting Huawei.
However, the representative didn't say when the SD card restriction would come into effect - immediately or after the 90-day-reprieve granted with a Temporary General License is over.
What this ban means for you?
Just like all other cases, the latest restriction put over Huawei also has some implications for the end consumer.
Basically, the company won't be able to produce smartphones with microSD card slots and laptops with SD card slots in the future.
Now, this could be a major disappointment considering the wide usage of SD/microSD for storage expansion.
Existing devices won't be affected in any way
Having said that, it is also important to note that the restriction would only apply to future devices, not on current ones.
Meaning, all those using Huawei smartphones/laptops will be able to use microSD/SD as they have been using.
"The use of SD cards on Huawei smartphone won't be affected," a Huawei spokesperson said, noting that "consumers can continue purchasing and using these products."
Interestingly, Huawei already has a microSD replacement
While this is a sad turn of events for Huawei, the company has already got an ideal replacement for microSDs - Nano memory cards.
First showcased at the launch of Mate 20 flagships, these cards are 45% smaller than microSDs and carry the same shape and size of nano SIMs.
So, chances are, Huawei will offer Nano memory on its future devices.