This Is How Huawei Shocked America With a Smartphone

President Xi Jinping’s November meeting with President Joe Biden at the APEC summit in San Francisco came amid simmering tensions between China and the US. Technology has been at the heart of those strains, particularly Washington’s efforts to restrict Chinese access to key semiconductor innovations.

Huawei’s August unveiling of a new smartphone was a blow to America. The Mate 60 Pro appeared to be more advanced than should have been possible, given import controls imposed by the US Department of Commerce. Bloomberg commissioned the first teardown of the handset, by the analysis firm TechInsights. The findings raised questions about the effectiveness of the US-led controls.

00:00 Introduction
01:14 US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s Beijing trip
02:32 Behind the Bloomberg Mate 60 Pro teardown
04:37 How Huawei and SMIC pulled it off
05:57 Limits of China’s approach

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