Low-Cost Mobile Operator IIJ Releases Huawei Smartphones

Economy

Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese low-cost smartphone service operator Internet Initiative Japan Inc. <3774> began on Tuesday sales of new smartphone models made by embattled Chinese equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co.

The smartphones were originally planned to hit the shelves in late May, but their release was postponed due to concerns over possible effects of sanctions imposed on Huawei by the United States.

IIJ decided to start sales of the smartphone models after U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his intent last week to ease sanctions against China. Additionally, Huawei said in late June that the smartphones would not be affected by the sanctions, confirming that users can use its devices without worry.

The newly released models include two models in the P30 smartphone series and one tablet model.

Industry watchers say Huawei smartphones may not be able to access software made by U.S. technology giant Google, which developed the Android operating software.

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