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Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has put on hold the launch of a new laptop in its Matebook series due to the ban placed on the company doing business with American companies.

The American website CNBC quoted Richard Yu, chief executive of the company's consumer division, as saying that the launch had been planned but had been put on hold.

Yu said the reason for the launch being put on hold was because the company was put on the US Entity List on 16 May.

That ban, imposed on Huawei and 68 of its affiliates, prevents the company from importing components from American companies without government approval. Some of the affiliates are in other countries like Canada, Japan, Brazil, the UK, Singapore and others.

On 20 May, Google announced it was cutting off Huawei's access to future updates of Google's Android and Google Play Store. A day later, the US Commerce Department eased some of the restrictions until August, allowing Huawei to maintain and update existing networks and handsets.

The Information, a website which first reported the laptop yarn, said Huawei had planned to launch the new Windows laptop at the CES Asia trade show in Shanghai which runs from 11 to 13 June.

Yu said: "We cannot supply the PC", and added that the situation was "unfortunate".

A later launch was dependent on how long the Entity List would be there, he said.

Like most consumer and business PCs and laptops, Huawei's hardware also runs Windows. On 22 May, iTWire reported that Huawei laptops running Windows appeared to have disappeared from the Microsoft Store online.

Neither Microsoft nor Huawei responded to requests for comment at the time.

iTWire has asked Huawei for comment on the delay of the laptop launch.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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