Very bad news for Huawei

Very bad news for Huawei
Very bad news for Huawei

Huawei launched its new laptop, the Huawei MateBook American to revoke chip export licenses to Huawei.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2024 // Source: Frandroid

Until now, chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm had the opportunity to supply Huawei with chips for laptops and smartphones, thanks to a special permit. But according to Reuters, which cites three people familiar with the matter, the American government has now revoked these licenses. A fourth person said the businesses were informed on Tuesday that those licenses had been revoked with immediate effect.

This decision will certainly have significant consequences for Huawei, which depends on imported chips for its laptops and smartphones. But it will also have consequences for American companies, which will thus lose an important customer. Indeed, Huawei is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, and it accounts for a significant share of the laptop market.

An Intel AI chip

The trigger for this change is the release of Huawei’s Matebook X Pro, as this “AI laptop” packs an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor. Republican representatives criticized the sale of this chip to Huawei, saying it went against President Joe Biden’s China policy. So they pushed the US government to revoke chip export licenses to Huawei. The Ministry of Commerce responded and officially announced: “ We have revoked some of Huawei’s export licenses. »

This decision is a new blow for Huawei, which already faces numerous restrictions in the United States. Indeed, the Chinese company is accused of posing risks to national security, due to its links with the Chinese government. Huawei has always denied these allegations, but that has not stopped the United States from taking action against the company.

Finally, it should be noted that this decision could have geopolitical consequences. Indeed, the trade war between the United States and China continues, and this decision could be interpreted as a new escalation in this conflict.

And for Huawei, what solution? Huawei has already prepared for this eventuality by equipping its laptops in China with an internal ARM HiSilicon Kirin SoC and the Huawei HarmonyOS system.

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