According to several Chinese insiders, Qualcomm is preparing to release a new version of the Snapdragon 888 SoC. This will be a special version without a 5G modem. Why an American company would need such a SoC is easy to understand when you remember that US sanctions cut Huawei off from any 5G-enabled SoCs.
However, the Chinese company may purchase third-party platforms that support 4G. Due to the severe shortage of its own flagship SoC Kirin 9000, even such a stripped-down version of the Snapdragon 888 could be a salvation for the Huawei P50. And, according to insiders, she will become such.
If these rumors are true, then it is understandable why Huawei is delaying the full premiere of the P50 – the Chinese are waiting for the supply of the new old Snapdragon 888. Qualcomm is expected to present this platform in the near future.