Notebookcheck

Will the U.S. trade escalations impact the MateBook laptop series? Huawei is uncertain

Will the U.S. trade escalations impact the MateBook laptop series? Huawei is uncertain
Will the U.S. trade escalations impact the MateBook laptop series? Huawei is uncertain
Huawei's 2019 flagship laptops may never see the light of day in the United States. The company appears to be in a scramble in regard to its product plans for North American audiences. Fortunately, users can still import the international versions of the MateBook 14 or 2019 MateBook X Pro much like with the Mate 20 smartphone series.

The MateBook X Pro launched early last year to sublime reviews in spite of the small handful of cut corners. In February, Huawei announced a 2019 refresh that directly addresses many of the shortcomings of the 2018 model. Originally scheduled for a Summer launch, the sudden trade war and "national emergency" surrounding Huawei products have all but stalled the launch of new MateBook laptops in the United States.

As reported by Windows Central, Huawei "can't comment at this time" regarding the availability of the MateBook 14 and 2019 MateBook X Pro. Our own Huawei spokesperson echoed the same sentiment as well.

There are no U.S. versions of the MateBook 14 and 2019 MateBook X Pro as of this writing and so users will have to import international versions instead. It remains to be seen if Huawei is still planning on launching U.S.-specific SKUs of the aforementioned models. This same situation surrounded the launch of the Mate 20 series where brick and mortar stores were warned by the government to not sell the smartphones and the manufacturer decided not to offer any U.S.-specific SKUs or partner with any major carriers.

Older and existing MateBook laptops like the MateBook D or MateBook 13 are still available directly through major online resellers.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Indian citizens welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

Read all 1 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 05 > Will the U.S. trade escalations impact the MateBook laptop series? Huawei is uncertain
Allen Ngo, 2019-05-18 (Update: 2019-05-18)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.