Huawei Postpones Announcement of New Laptop Due to US Blacklisting

Ruben Fields
June 13, 2019

The ongoing dispute between Huawei and the Trump administration has claimed a victim.

The Chinese telecoms company has suspended production at its personal computer arm because it can no longer license Microsoft's Windows operating system or Intel's processors, both crucial parts for its devices. A new report says there is no truth to the matter.

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

Huawei has repeatedly rejected the accusations of United States intelligence agencies that it installs "backdoor" access to its devices at the behest of the Chinese government to help Beijing spy on users. The Trump administration is also locked in a trade war with China, and cynics might suggest that the sanctions against Huawei are simply another strategic tactic in that effort - something that Trump administration has all but confirmed in public comments on Huawei.

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

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Whatever the reason for the USA animus toward Huawei, landing on the Commerce Department's Entity List has placed the company in a tricky position.

This information refutes a recent report that Huawei has halted development and shipping of its Windows laptop until its own operating system is completed. "We can not supply the PC", he said, calling the situation "unfortunate".

It might not be the last, though, as a report out of Digitimes this week claimed that Huawei could be planning to kill off its PC business completely.

It's one thing to be locked out of selling smartphones in the USA, though. The unnamed source even revealed Huawei will release a new model next month.

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