Huawei Delays Laptop Launch As US Sanction Blocks Access To Microsoft, Intel

Posted: Jun 12 2019, 1:00am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 12 2019, 1:05am CDT , in Technology News


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Huawei delays laptop launch as US sanction blocks access to Microsoft, Intel
Mobile World Congress 2018 / Photo by Huawei

Smartphones and laptops accounted for a huge chunk of Huawei’s consumer electronics business in 2018.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which is at the center of the U.S. government’s trade sanctions, has postponed the launch of its new laptop computer that was initially scheduled to be unveiled this week, The Information reported, citing Huawei employees familiar with the matter.

The company was expected to take part at the CES Asia 2019 trade show in Shanghai to debut the successors to its MateBook line of laptops.

In February, Huawei officially launched the Huawei MateBook 13 and Huawei MateBook 14 at the Mobile World Congress. The 13-inch and 14-inch notebooks support intelligent interconnectivity between smart devices and PCs, the company said at the time.

Photos of the MateBook devices showed a sleek-looking screen with narrow top and side bezels. They are also equipped with a 2K+ display, which is way ahead of other manufacturers’ full HD displays.

The Huawei MateBook 14 also boasted a 10-point touchscreen that integrates Huawei’s One Glass solution.

Tech savvy consumers have anticipated a June launch for the MateBook 13 and 14’s successors, but according to The Information, the company decided to postpone the launch to an unset date after U.S. sanctions blocked Huawei’s access to Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Intel’s processors, which are core components of almost any computer setup other than Apple devices.

The news follows a report by Taiwan’s DigiTimes earlier this week, which said Huawei asked its laptop supply chain partners to suspend deliveries.

However, Huawei has not decided to cancel its scheduled smartphone releases, the news outlet said, citing Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei’s statements at media interviews.

The Information said smartphones and laptops accounted for a huge chunk of Huawei’s consumer electronics business in 2018.

The report comes just days after it was reported that Facebook banned pre-installations of its apps including WhatsApp and Instagram to new Huawei phones.

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