What you need to know
- Huawei notebooks are once again available on the Microsoft Store.
- Listings have returned for the MateBook 13, MateBook D, and MateBook X Pro – though the latter is marked "Out of Stock."
- This comes nearly a month after MateBooks were pulled from the Microsoft Store without explanation, with speculation that U.S.-China trade tensions may have been to blame.
Following a month of absence from Microsoft's digital store shelves, Huawei notebooks are once again available at the Microsoft Store. Listings are back up for the MateBook 13, MateBook D, and the MateBook X Pro (via WalkingCat). Though the latter of the three is listed as "Out of Stock," this marks the return of the product listings after they were pulled last month.
When Huawei's lineup went missing from the Microsoft Store in May, it did so without explanation from Microsoft. There was speculation that current trade tensions between the U.S. and China may have been to blame, but it's unclear if that was indeed the cause.
In May, Huawei was added to an "entity list" by the U.S. Commerce Department, preventing U.S.-based companies from providing parts to the Chinese manufacturer without prior approval. Huawei's new status recently put the brakes on the launch of a new laptop, which may never launch if Huawei remains blacklisted.
In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft commented on the MateBooks' return to the Store, noting that it is "resuming the sale of existing inventory of Huawei devices at Microsoft Store."
We're currently awaiting the release of the next iteration of the Huawei MateBook X Pro, but it's unclear if its launch will be affected by the trading ban. Huawei has yet to give a final release date or price for the updated laptop. In the meantime, the MateBook 13 and MateBook D are still available via the Microsoft Store, with the MateBook 13 in particular offering a nice balance of power and portability.
The better MacBook
Small and mighty
The MateBook 13 is the perfect MacBook running Windows 10. The gorgeous design, display, keyboard and amazing performance is coupled with an attractive price tag. Just don't try and do intensive work on the laptop as the 8GB of RAM and relatively slow dedicated GPU will quickly become an issue.
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