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Huawei Files Lawsuit Against US Government Over Ban on its Equipment

Last week, the company pleaded not guilty in Seattle to charges that it tried to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile

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A man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing. VOA

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Thursday announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the US government, challenging a law that bans federal agencies from buying the company’s products.

The company said that it has filed the lawsuit in Texas, where its American headquarters are located. It asks a US federal court to overturn part of a provision in the National Defence Authorization Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump last August, CNN reported.

Huawei alleges that a portion of the law violates the US Constitution by singling out an individual or group for punishment without trial. “This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers,” Huawei Deputy Chairman Guo Ping told the media on Thursday morning the company’s headquarters in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The legislation specifically forbids government agencies from using technology from Huawei and its smaller Chinese rival, ZTE.”The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products,” Guo said.

“We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort.”Thursday’s announcement comes after a Canadian court on Wednesday ruled that Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s initial extradition hearing will take place on May 8.Meng faces fraud charges in the US, where an indictment unveiled in January accused her of deceiving banks into approving transactions that may have violated unilateral US sanctions against Iran.

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

The lawsuit is Huawei’s most aggressive move yet to fight back against US claims that the Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker’s technologies pose a global security threat, CNN said.

Huawei is one of China’s biggest tech firms and a key player in the global rollout of super-fast 5G wireless networks. Its smartphones compete globally with those of Apple and Samsung.It describes itself as an employee-owned company and denies any of the products pose a security risk.The Trump administration has been urging allies to ban or restrict Huawei products from their 5G networks, citing spying concerns but without providing clear evidence.

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Germany and the UK are deciding what kinds of restrictions to impose on Huawei equipment.

Australia banned the company from providing technology for its 5G networks last year.

USprosecutors have also filed criminal charges against Huawei in Washington and New York states.Last week, the company pleaded not guilty in Seattle to charges that it tried to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile. (IANS)

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Upcoming Huawei Smartphone ‘P40 Pro’ May Have 52MP Rear Camera Design By Sony

An alleged leaked image for a protective case shared recently by prominent leaker OnLeaks claims that the P40 Pro may arrive with five rear cameras

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Additionally, Huawei recently launched its latest Kirin 990 (5G) flagship chipset with an integrated 5G modem at the IFA 2019. Wikimedia Commons

Upcoming smartphone of Huawei named P40 Pro is expected to launch in March 2020 and now a new report claims that the device may be equipped with a 52MP main camera design by Sony.

This sensor will feature “16-in-1” technology and it is rumoured that the company will put the “Quad Quad Bayer” sensor which will perform 4-in-1 conversions to reach the 16-in-1 stage. This will only be used for videos and photos shot under very dark conditions, news portal GSMArena reported recently.

An alleged leaked image for a protective case shared recently by prominent leaker OnLeaks claims that the P40 Pro may arrive with five rear cameras.

The five snappers on its back would feature a main wide-angle lens, a cine lens, a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor, a periscope lens with support for a 10x optical zoom, and either a telephoto lens with up to 9x optical zoom or an ultrawide lens, GizmoChina reported.

The P40 Pro is rumoured to arrive with a screen measuring 6.5-inch to 6.7-inch and will sport rectangular camera modules at the back panel. Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business recently revealed that the P40 series smartphones would run its own HarmonyOS operating system instead of Google’s Android.

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Upcoming smartphone of Huawei named P40 Pro is expected to launch in March 2020 and now a new report claims that the device may be equipped with a 52MP main camera design by Sony. Wikimedia Commons

He also confirmed that the HarmonyOS is ready for smartphones but the company is waiting to see if the situation with the US changes. In addition, Yu also revealed that Huawei has been considering selling its Kirin processors to other companies in industries such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics.

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The company recently launched its latest Kirin 990 (5G) flagship chipset with an integrated 5G modem at the IFA 2019. (IANS)