Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Huawei Cancels Launch Of New MateBook Laptop, Citing US Trade Bans

Huawei Cancels Launch Of New MateBook Laptop, Citing US Trade Bans

Huawei has indefinitely postponed announcing a new model in its MateBook laptop series, which had been scheduled to makes its debut at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai.

Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu subsequently confirmed the cancellation to CNBC.

Even so, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said that he was ready to "sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the United Kingdom government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard".

Drama over Huawei has become a centrepiece to the ongoing U.S. During an interview with CNBC, Yu speaks of an unfortunate situation, stating that in any case a precise marketing date was not foreseen and that a new date of presentation was not set.

Huawei's blacklisting from acquiring USA -made technology appears to have caused the first product casualty at the Chinese tech giant.

Huawei has yet to cancel any planned phone launches.

In this respect, the ban has effective blocked Huawei's access to technology from Microsoft (its Windows operating system) and Intel (processors).

Chinese tech giant Huawei has scrapped the launch of new laptop as a result of being effectively barred from doing business with American suppliers. Although it develops its own smartphone chips under the HiSilicon brand - something which may also be in peril, since that uses technology licensed from Arm - it now does not have homegrown alternatives to the notebook-class CPUs it buys from Intel.

That ban, imposed on Huawei and 68 of its affiliates, prevents the company from importing components from American companies without government approval. Microsoft has said nothing about what is happening but has removed Huawei laptops from sale.

A source told the Global Times that these reports are not true, stating that Huawei's laptop production and investment is continuing as normal, and it will not change its strategy of continuously investing in PCs.

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