Some Suggest the Real Reason US Blacklisted Huawei Is Because of Its Phones’ Extremely High-Quality Camera Zoom

Promotional images from Huawei show the zoom on the phone, which was released in March. The company’s handsets are not officially available in the US

Conspiracy theorists have argued, perhaps tongue in cheek, that the real reason for the U.S. trade ban on Huawei is the ‘insane’ digital zoom on the Chinese company’s cell phone cameras.

The U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei Technologies from buying U.S. goods last week, saying the company assists Chinese state intelligence agencies and violated Iran sanctions.

Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian, the deputy chief-of-mission at the Chinese embassy in Islamabad, responded by sharing a video on Twitter showing the Huawei P30 Pro’s 50x digital zoom focusing on two boys playing Chinese chess in a park from many stories above.

‘Why is Huawei making America tremble and go insane? Huawei’s new phone camera’s optical zoom is just insane,’ Zhao wrote.

Huawei released the P30 in March, though the phones cannot be bought in the US officially. In 2017 the company accounted for only two percent of the smartphones in America, although the company ships more than 200million units per year.

Unlocked Latin American versions compatible with some major U.S. carriers can be purchased online, but the appeal of the handsets in the U.S. seems limited mostly to smartphone junkies and tech journalists.

Photos and video posted online show the phone’s powerful zoom.

‘Crazy zoom. Impressed with the versatility of this camera,’ one user wrote on Twitter.

‘The Zoom capabilities on the Huawei P30 Pro are insane,’ another remarked.

The Trump administration’s order last week steps up pressure on Huawei, which Washington says is a security risk, and threatens to hamper sales of network gear and other products.

Huawei is the No. 2 global smartphone brand but relies on Google’s Android operating system and U.S. components suppliers.

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Source: Daily Mail