Contrary to most companies who flock the venue of the Mobile World Congress to show off their latest smartphones, Huawei took the stage to unveil its first 2-in-1 hybrid Windows 10 device, the Huawei MateBook.
The term classy is one way to describe the MateBook’s looks. Its svelte form factor measuring only 6.9mm at its thickest, the almost-all-screen façade that equates to an impressive 84% screen-to-body ratio, and a gorgeous metallic chassis to top it all up.
The Huawei MateBook isn’t just all about look either, it has some serious firepower underneath tucked inside its slender body. At the core of this sleek convertible lies a 6th Generation Intel Core M7* processor with 8GB of RAM and 512GB solid-state drive that handles your storage needs.
*Max configuration of the Huawei MateBook. The device can be configured to have lower RAM and storage capacities, as well as an Intel Core M3 or Core M5.
Other notable features of the new Huawei MateBook include an impressive 12-inch 1440p display with 85-percent color gamut, a sizeable 33.7Whr battery pack which promises nine hours’ worth of productivity, and an inconspicuous fingerprint sensor that sits in between the volume rocker.
Huawei MateBook specs:
|Processor||Up to Intel Core M7-6Y75 dual-core processor|
|Display||12-inch touchscreen display, 2560 x 1440|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD|
|Camera||No rear camera, HD front camera|
|Others||Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port|
A hybrid device such as the Huawei MateBook wouldn’t be complete without an accompanying keyboard. Unfortunately, however, the MateBook’s detachable keyboard is a ‘sold-separately’ accessory instead of being bundled with the tablet.
Nevertheless, the keyboard looks pretty decent with its unobtrusive design, large set of keys and sizeable trackpad to go along with. Still, it begs the question if it’s worth the extra $129. We’ll let you be the judge of that.
In order to take full advantage of the MateBook’s spacious display, Huawei has introduced a nifty input device called the MatePen. Like the detachable keyboard, this accessory will not be bundled with the table and is more of an add-on accessory to complement the MateBook.
Unlike the keyboard, however, we can say that the MatePen is worth its $59 price tag, especially if you’re profession calls for a precision input device. For starters, it’s a pressure-sensitive stylus with 2,048 levels of sensitivity which is great for swapping out different pen tips or doing fine shading on your drawings.
The MatePen also supports graphics and mathematic functions, and can also double as a laser pointer which is handy during presentations. This accessory is battery operated and charges via USB. Huawei claims that an hour’s worth of charging should be enough to keep the MatePen up and running for an estimated 100 hours.
Lastly, Huawei introduced an accessory known simply as ‘Dock’. Of the three accompanying accessories for the MateBook, this add-on device is probably the most purposeful, yet it has the most uneventful moniker. (Come on Huawei, this device deserves a better name than simply calling it ‘Dock’)
Failed naming aside, the MateBook Dock tries to solve the most cringe-worthy limitation of having a tablet with such a thin form factor: lack of ports. The ‘Dock’ connects to the MateBook via its USB Type-C ports adds a useful set of ports for the tablet which include an RJ-45, two (2) full-sized USB 3.0 ports, and two more ports for display (HDMI and VGA).
The Huawei MateBook Dock will be separately and can be had for $89.
Huawei is expected ship the new MateBook, along with its companion accessories, in the coming months. Pricing of the tablet depends on the configuration that you opt for, so please refer to the pricing details show in the image above.