It looks great, but you might have trouble getting your hands on one.

Huawei is launching a Linux laptop powered by one of its own Kirin processors. Eagle-eyed Linux laptop lovers discovered a Chinese website listing the Linux-based Huawei laptop. Before you get your hopes for a shiny new piece of hardware, however, there are a few caveats.

Huawei's Qingyun L410 Linux laptop looks great

As above, before your hopes for a Linux laptop designed and manufactured by Huawei, the Huawei Qingyun L410 is only available for the Chinese market.

Whether this situation will change in the future is unclear, but the collaboration and sale of US companies to Huawei has remained banned since the appointment of former President Trump in May 2019.

As first reported by IT Home, the Qingyun L410 is likely only intended for government and corporate customers and comes at a fairly high price of around $ 1,400 (around 9,000 yuan).

In terms of specs, the Qingyun L410 will be launched with one of Huawei's Kirin 990 processors, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a decent 14-inch screen. One of the coolest features is the built-in push camera, which is flush with the bevel of the screen until you are ready to use it, protecting your privacy when you are not using it.

According to the IT Home report, the Qingyun L410 will launch with Unity OS, a Linux distribution originally developed as part of an initiative by the Chinese government to reduce the reliance of Chinese technology companies on US software developers and platforms such as Windows decrease.

Additionally, users can upgrade the L410 to Harmony OS, Huawei's Android-derived operating system (which, despite its similarities, shouldn't be called an Android-derived operating system).

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More and more Linux laptops are launched

The Huawei Qingyun is unlikely to find its way to consumer markets anytime soon, which is a shame. Although Huawei continues to struggle with the US market, its hardware designs remain eye-catching and exciting.

However, there are alternatives for Linux laptops. Many manufacturers are now choosing to start or consider Linux laptops. For example, the Dell XPS 13 7390 with Ubuntu is immediately available, while Purism's privacy-conscious Librem laptops are also an attractive option.

Related: Lightweight Linux distributions that breathe new life into your old PC

That is of course not to forget how easy it is now to convert your laptop to Linux. There are numerous Linux distributions designed specifically for laptop users. Additionally, installing a Linux distribution is a great way to breathe life into an old laptop. Many of these were developed with aging or low specification hardware in mind.

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Gavin Phillips
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Gavin is the Junior Editor for Windows and Technology Explained, a regular contributor to the Really Useful Podcast, and a regular product reviewer. He has a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Writing Using Digital Art Practices Looted from the Devon Hills, as well as over a decade of writing experience. He enjoys plenty of tea, board games, and soccer.

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