Huawei suspends deliveries and development of new notebooks

Yolanda Curtis
June 14, 2019

Chinese tech giant Huawei has cancelled the planned launch of a new MateBook laptop at the CES Asia 2019 trade show in Shanghai this week due to sweeping USA sanctions against the company, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday.

"Huawei will release a new laptop product in July, with different models and configurations compared with previous series such as the MateBook and HonorBook, a source close to the matter confirmed to the Global Times", the paper wrote.

In May, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei to its so-called "entity list" that prohibits technology purchases from U.S. companies without government approval.

However, its consumer device chief Richard Yu told CNBC that it had become "unable to supply the PC". Whether the laptop ever sees the light of day will depend on how long Huawei remains on the blacklist.

In a bid to minimize the impact of the USA measure, Huawei has been reportedly stashing components and developing its own operating system, the launch of which can be expected as early as this year in China, reported CNBC.

It is the first time United States sanctions on Huawei have affected the release of a device made by the company. Its top-of-the-range Matebook X Pro runs Microsoft's Windows operating system and uses chips by Intel. "He acknowledged that, if Huawei is on the blacklist for a long time, the laptop will not be able to be launched".

He said that being on the US Entity List had caused the cancellation. As a result of the United States ban, Huawei can not undertake business with American suppliers without special government approvals.

Huawei has denied the accusations, and company Deputy Chairman Ken Hu reportedly told employees that the Commerce Department's decision is "the latest move in the campaign against Huawei, waged by the USA government for political reasons".

This information refutes a recent report that Huawei has halted development and shipping of its Windows laptop until its own operating system is completed.

iTWire has asked Huawei for comment on the delay of the laptop launch.

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