Thanks to the US executive order, a lot of American companies have cut ties with Huawei. The list started with Google, and was quickly followed by Intel, Qualcomm and ARM. There’s now a new addition to the list, which may mean that the Chinese company may no longer make devices with SD card slots.
The new addition in question is the SD Association. If it’s an unfamiliar name to you, the SD Association is the one responsible for developing and authorising the use of SD storage standards. While it made no public announcement, it did remove Huawei from the list of member companies quietly.
This means that we should expect to see more Huawei and HONOR phones without the microSD slot in the future. Granted, these are not necessarily rare, as a fair number of phones today do not have them anyway. Huawei also has its own proprietary NM card which the Mate 20 series uses, and it remains an open option to the company.
The SD Association is based in California, so its removing of Huawei from its list of member companies is not all that surprising. Its own website states that the list of members can change regularly, and this is likely the explanation for Huawei’s quiet removal.