Huawei MateBook goes after Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro


— 10:40 AM on February 22, 2016

There have been rumors that Huawei might be getting into the high-end mobile computer arena. Now, the Chinese company has proved those rumors true with the release of the its Surface Pro-esque MateBook convertible running Windows 10.

The MateBook is a sleek-looking 12" convertible based on Skylake Core M SoCs. Huawei is targeting the machine at business users, though we'd wager that its design and features will have wider-ranging appeal. The convertible's 6.9-mm-thin aluminum body weighs in at 1.4 lbs (or 640g), making it lighter than both the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro.

The 2160x1440 IPS LCD has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 216 PPI. Huawei says the screen's color gamut covers 85% of the NTSC color space, a figure which it claims is superior to the MateBook's direct competitors. That's not all, though. The display is quite bright at 400 nits, and the screen-to-body ratio is an impressive 84%.

The MateBook's innards are powered by Skylake SoCs from Intel's Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 series. Up to 8GB of LPDDR3 are on tap, while storage is handled by SSDs with up to 512GB of capacity. The convertible's internal design is completely fanless, and Huawei says the 33.7-Wh battery should be good for 9 hours of work.

Huawei made sure that charging the MateBook is less of a chore when compared to your average laptop, too. The machine's battery should only take two and a half hours to fully charge up, and the company says one hour's worth of juice ought to be enough to fill 60% of its capacity. The included charger is quite small and weighs only 3.8 oz, making it easy to pocket.

The MateBook has a range of optional accessories on offer. The keyboard case is made out of PU leather, and includes a touchpad and a kickstand which can be set to 52° and 67° positions. The keyboard is spill-resistant, and the keys themselves have 1.5 mm of travel.

The aptly named MatePen offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and includes a laser pointer and presentation buttons. Last but not least, the MateDock, er, dock includes two USB ports, as well as Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI connectors.

Prices for the MateBook starts at $699 (or 799€) for a model with a Core m3 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Huawei has a total of six models available, up to a Core m7-equipped unit with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, which carries a price tag of $1,599 (or 1,799€ in Europe). Huawei expects to begin selling the MateBook "in the coming months," in gray and gold finishes.

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