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Huawei eyes Japanese PC debut, powered by smartphone tech

Huawei's MateBook on display in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Huawei Technologies is poised to leap into Japan's personal computer market, an ultracompetitive field that will test the Chinese company's ability to leverage its smartphone expertise and build a winning brand.

Huawei unveiled plans Monday to debut its first PC in this country. While cellphones have been reborn as smartphones, PCs have not advanced in more than a decade, said Oliver Wu, head of Huawei Technologies Japan's devices segment. There is sizable opportunity to be found in making PCs as easy to use as smartphones, Wu said.

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