What you need to know
- Huawei notebooks are once again available on the Microsoft Store.
- Listings have returned for the MateBook 13 (opens in new tab), MateBook D (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), MateBook D (opens in new tab), and the MateBook X Pro (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab), 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.
Its really obvious that only Us-China trade tensions were the cause..good news they are back on shelves
It's hard not noticing that Lenovo is not affected by these bans and restrictions (aside from the more general tariffs on Chinese goods). It's also hard to ignore the fact that the Obama administration and other governments also put sanctions on Huawei in the past. So it's entirely possible that this really is about Huawei, not the idiotic Trump trade tantrums and his general xenophobia. That, or maybe Trump doesn't realize ThinkPads aren't made by IBM anymore. I admit, that last one sounds really plausible.
The allegations is not that Huawei is Chinese ergo needs to have sanctions, it's Huawei's founder and people high up in the company allegedly have close ties to the Chinese gov't and security state. How that affects laptops and phones is not made clear. Huawei phones and PCs have not shown to have security risks, or backdoors. Allegedly some of Huawei's older 4G routers/backhaul tech did from 2012, but that's a separate matter. Why Lenovo is brought up here is not at all clear outside you are pointing out they are Chinese.
Why bring up Lenovo? Because if this is about the trade war with China (the third bullet in "what you need to know"), then other Chinese companies would be affected. For example, their products might be removed from the Microsoft Store.
Although I'm pleased to see such a well spec'd machine back in action, I'll still be holding off for the xps 13 2-in-1 in July. From what we've seen so far I can't name a flaw... https://www.windowscentral.com/xps-13-7390-computex
Apart from being made by Dell...
Microsoft is surely not defying the US ban on Huawei...rather, it brought Huawei laptops back to the Store because it wants to get paid for the Windows 10 OS license on those machines...That's all!
"the US ban on Huawei" There is no "US ban on Huawei", never has been. The ban is on US companies SELLING technology TO Huawei. If MS licenses for Windows 10 had already been sold to Huawei and this is part of existing stock, there is no violation. US companies can 100% sell Huawei products.
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