Huawei's Next Laptop Killed by US Ban: What's Next?


Huawei will not be launching a new laptop planned for its MateBook series, as a result of USA government actions to block USA sales to the company, a Huawei executive told United States television station CNBC. Donald Trump signed an executive order in May banning American companies from doing business with companies deemed national security threats and added Huawei to an "entity list". Huawei's consumer division CEO, Richard Yu, told CNBC that the situation is "unfortunate". Huawei now says it is scrapping the launch of a new version of its MateBook laptop, and it cites recent sanctions by the US government as the reason.

Digitimes reported earlier this week that Huawei is halting production and development of laptop computers.

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".

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

Unfortunately for Huawei, the show of good faith didn't really get them anywhere and now the company has to push back its laptop's release date. Shortly after, the Commerce Department added Huawei and 70 affiliates to the so-called Entity List.

The Global Times-which is part of China's state-run media-published a story disputing some of the reporting about the laptop launch.

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. The business related to notebooks, therefore, suffers a sudden setback, which in Huawei's forecasts should have represented a big slice in revenue. The laptop will use an ARM processor instead of Intel, the report said. On 22 May, iTWire reported that Huawei laptops running Windows appeared to have disappeared from the Microsoft Store online.