The Huawei MateBook has a 12in IPS display running a 2160x1440 resolution, which can be connected to a detectable keyboard to turn it into a laptop, and comes running Windows 10 Home or Professional.
The device is 6.9mm thick and has a 10mm bezel around the display. It weighs 640g, notably lighter than the 713g iPad Pro.
Despite the slim frame the MateBook manages to house a sixth-generation Intel Core M processor running up to 3.1GHz. Top end versions of the hybrid come with an M7 chip and 8GB of memory, while Lower and midrange models have M3 and M5 processors respectively, paired with 4GB to 8GB of RAM.
Storage comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB options, giving the MateBook a similar solid state drive setup to rival hybrids.
The Huawei MateBook also manages to fit dual stereo speakers into the tablet to offer Dolby audio, although that’s two speakers short of the iPad’s quad setup. It has a twin microphone array and a front-facing camera.
Powering all this hardware is a 33.7Wh high-density lithium battery, which Huawei says will give 10 hours of average daily use.
The MateBook can be charged with a pocket-sized charger that outputs 12v, 9v and 5v, making it suitable for charging laptops, tablets and smartphones, and potentially ushering in an era of one charger for everything.
Huawei has also popped a single-touch fingerprint sensor onto the side of the tablet to allow users to log-in to Windows with a single fingerprint. Multiple fingerprints can be logged with the MateBook, allowing different users to rapidly access personal Windows 10 accounts.
Prices for the MateBook start at $699 for entry-level models and climb to a lofty $1,599 for the top-of-the-line version.
The PU leather keyboard dock is not too different to that of other hybrids, but it offers two angles of position presumably to stop keyboard warriors getting serious neck cricks.
Huawei claims that the spill resistant keyboard allows more accurate typing with a 1.5mm keystroke and a chiclet keycap design. Huawei is not bundling the keyboard for free, so fans of traditional typing will need to fork out an extra $129.
Huawei also revealed a tech treasure trove of accessories to go with the MateBook, most notably the MatePen.
This stylus by another name has 2,048 levels of pressure, which Huawei says is double that of rival products, and has an ergonomic tip to help artists be more expressive with strokes and enable some smart digital penmanship. The MatePen will cost $59.
Huawei has also equipped it with a laser pointer and a clicker so it can be used in business presentations rather than just tablet doodling. It comes with a month-long battery life and can charge from empty to full in an hour.
Then there’s the MateDock, a little box stuffed with inputs like HDMI and Ethernet ports, to allow the MateBook to be connected to a monitor, other accessories and a network cable. Putting these inputs in a separate dock is what has kept the MateBook so slim, but it will cost accessory fans an extra $89 for the privilege.
Huawei hasn’t firmed up any release dates yet but the MateBook will be available in gold and grey colours across Asia, Europe and North America in the coming months.
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