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KDDI and SoftBank to sell Huawei smartphones

JIJI

Mobile phone carriers KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. has said that they will sell a new smartphone model made by Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co.

The move, announced Monday, ends months of delays in the product’s release by major Japanese mobile operators who had cited fears that U.S. sanctions on Huawei would mean its phones are unable to update Google LLC’s programs.

KDDI said that Huawei has confirmed that its devices will be able to update Google programs, prompting it to decide that there will be no issues with going ahead with the release.

The company will sell the new P30 lite Premium phone starting Thursday for ¥32,400, 25 percent lower than initially planned.

At a news conference Monday, SoftBank President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Miyauchi said the company also plans to release the new Huawei model.

Both KDDI and SoftBank previously planned to sell the Huawei model in May. Some low-cost smartphone companies have already started selling Huawei phones.

Another major mobile operator, NTT Docomo Inc., has yet to decide whether to sell Huawei phones, saying it is still in the assessment process.