Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Huawei Can No Longer Include SD Card Slots on its Devices

Huawei Can No Longer Include SD Card Slots on its Devices

Huawei Technologies had its voice muted at key standards bodies that set the direction for WiFi, SD Card storage and other electronics.

As the SD Association is based in California, the United States, and the Wi-Fi Alliance is based in Austin, Texas, which is also located in the United States. This means Huawei will not be able to use SD Cards on their future phones. There is no official announcement or confirmation yet but a source earlier checked SD Association's website (SDA) and noticed Huawei is no longer listed.

Huawei told Android Authority that for now, the users will be able to use SD and microSD cards with its products. Huawei has now 500 million users and 52 percent of them are from China where Google Play is already not available, so Google will feel the impact in markets in Europe and Asia.

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If you thought you were going through a bad week, Huawei's might have possibly been the worst. With the Huawei Mate 20 series, Huawei introduced its own memory card format called NM card (Nano Memory card). In a statement, Wi-Fi Alliance said that it is "fully complying with the recent U.S. Department of Commerce order without revoking Huawei Technologies membership". It's not clear at this time if this will affect Huawei's ability to add microSD card slots to its future phones, assuming it can even make phones once the ban goes into full effect. Storage cards will work flawlessly on the existing devices but Huawei can not use the cards in its upcoming devices.

The report also reveals that Huawei has voluntarily left JEDEC - a semiconductor standards group for defining RAM specifications. It's hard seeing a future in which Huawei bounces back from everything happening right now, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see how all of this plays out over the coming weeks and months.

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