Re: When looking for a new SmartPhone ...
I wouldn't worry too much. Huawei is already selling SmartPhones with MediaTek chipsets. The percentage of those has been rapidly increasing.
On the downside, the processors are slightly less performant. This is hardly an issue to most people, though, considering that they are more than fast enough for everyday's work.
On the upside, Huawei's MediaTek phones offer more for the money. Whereas Huawei has been restricting 4k video to its high-end line and cutting away the SD-slots, MediaTek offers it all. ;-)
Their new Chip is called "Dimensity 1000+" and it doesn't have to hide:
"Snapdragon 865 vs Dimensity 1000+: Qualcomm's chip heads AnTuTu's Android SoC performance chart but MediaTek shows it can compete with the best"
"MediaTek's latest Dimensity 1000+ chip nets a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu"
… and it's packed with everything you can think of – which is very typical for MediaTek:
That said, I'm confident that chip-production will be picked up by a (homeland) Chinese company, eventually. They are making huge steps ahead and, as seen with Huawei, they may surpass their counterparts in little time...