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Huawei to unveil Mate 40 series next week

Huawei will unveil its Mate 40 series on October 22.

The Chinese tech giant announced on Twitter that their next line of smartphones, which will likely be the last to come with their Kirin chips, will be revealed next week.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Unit, had said over summer that “this year may be the last generation of Huawei Kirin high-end chips.”

It comes after US President Donald Trump extended the US' ban on Huawei for 12 months.

The Chinese tech firm was handed a 45-day reprieve licence by the US Commerce Department in February.

And after the company was blacklisted by the US government from using their products last May, the firm obtained a temporary licence allowing US companies to do business with them, which had been extended.

However, their previous 90-day reprieves in May, August and in November were cut down to half the time.

The Commerce Department insisted they extended it again "to prevent interruption of existing network communication systems in rural US regions and permit global network security measures."

They added: "The 45-day extension is necessary to allow existing telecommunication providers - particularly those in rural US communities - the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks while they identify alternatives to Huawei for future operation."

But Trump's administration later ordered American businesses to stop working with firms like Huawei, who they believe pose a national security risk.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act gives the president the power to regulate commerce during a national emergency, and now the ban is in place until May 2021.

This means Google are not permitted to offer their Google Mobile Services, such as Maps and YouTube, on Huawei's smartphones.

Huawei insisted they have been treated "unfairly" and profusely denied claims that the company is being used by the Chinese government for spying.

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