Huawei scraps MateBook launch due to United States blacklist

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Huawei scraps MateBook launch due to US blacklist

As reported by The Information, Huawei had planned to unveil the latest entry in its well-received MateBook line at the CES Asia 2019 trade show in Shanghai, but the company's recent placement on the U.S. government's entity list, which bars USA firms from doing business with Huawei without a license, means the announcement has been put on hold indefinitely. Huawei's consumer division CEO, Richard Yu, told CNBC that the situation is "unfortunate". "We can not supply the PC", he said, calling the situation "unfortunate".

The US last month put Huawei on its Entity List, which prevents it from buying parts and components from US companies without US government approval.

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.

So far a launch date for the yet to be released MateBook, has not been set and will directly depend on how long Huawei will remain on the blacklist.

It has been reported that rumors about the suspension of production and development of new PCs might have been as a result of Huawei postponing the launch of the new MateBook.

The controversial USA ban looks set to have a substantial impact on Huawei's smartphone biz too. However, while it will launch in China in July, it may take a while before arriving in other markets. A new report says there is no truth to the matter. The laptop will use an ARM processor instead of Intel, the report said.

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