Taipei - "Psst. Get into laptops. That's where the money is." Seriously, if you heard someone whisper that to you in a bar, you'd call them a cab and tell them to lay off the bottle.
Huawei Technologies, though, isn't drunk. A bit buzzed over its success last year in smartphones, sure, but the Chinese tech giant is as clear-headed as ever.
Its decision to enter the laptop market may be foolish, or it may be brilliant. Quite possibly it's both. With the release of the Matebook X a 13-inch, slim, fanless laptop Huawei has a clear target market in mind, and it happens to be one of the demographics that are showing signs of life.
Consumers still aren't ready to return to PC purchases, but commercial customers are. Unfortunately for Huawei, its reputation as a Chinese government front whether deserved or not makes landing corporate accounts quite unlikely, especially in Western markets like the
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