Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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Huawei cancels laptop launch after being hit with U.S. ban

Huawei cancels laptop launch after being hit with U.S. ban

Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu has confirmed to CNBC on June 12 that the laptop launch will be put on hold indefinitely.

With all of Huawei's previous MateBook products having been released based on Intel chips, it can be assumed that Huawei was unable to obtain the necessary parts for the new MateBook model despite reports that the company has stockpiled enough product to last it a minimum of three months.

He stressed that as long as Huawei remains on the US Entity List, the company would not be able to launch new laptops.

"We can not supply the PC", Yu reportedly said, adding that the situation is "unfortunate". As for when - if ever - it might launch, that "depends on how long the Entity List will be there".

On Monday, we reported that Huawei's PC business might be the worst hit with the on-going U.S. ban following reports that the tech giant had ordered deliveries and development of new PCs be suspended.

US-Huawei has ditched a product launch for the first time since the US placed it on a trade blacklist. Huawei's MateBook range has met with generally solid reviews, despite its design similarities to Apple's MacBook. CRN has also reached out to Huawei for comment.

The agency said the decision stems from a review of information showing that there is a "reasonable basis to conclude that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to USA national security or foreign policy interest". Once Huawei landed on that list, US companies became unable to provide Huawei with hardware or software without first obtaining a waiver from the USA government. Shortly after, the Commerce Department added Huawei and 70 affiliates to the so-called Entity List.

Like most consumer and business PCs and laptops, Huawei's hardware also runs Windows.

Analysts estimate the recent USA sanctions could push Huawei's smartphone shipments down as much as a quarter this year and cause its handsets to disappear from overseas markets. Microsoft has remained silent on the matter other than removing Huawei's laptops from sale in its online store.

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