Of all the high-profile Mobile World Congress exhibitors that confirmed their presence at the Barcelona trade fair lately, Huawei was probably the most secretive, supplying us with a date and merely teasing the global coming of a “new device.”
Okay, but what kind of new device? Smartphone? Smartwatch? Fitness tracker? Tablet? Convertible laptop? Virtual reality headset? Something with a business angle, it turns out, and capable of pen input, according to a preview image posted on Twitter by Huawei’s very own CEO.
The “product launch” will take place in Zone 6 of the Montjuic Exhibition Centre’s Italian Pavilion, starting at 2 pm local time (8 am EST) on February 21 (this Sunday), and although the tagline “The new style of business” remains decidedly cryptic, we think we can crack this puzzle wide open.
Let’s see, would it make sense for the P9 smartphone to pick up a stylus out of nowhere? Not exactly. But the so-called “Matebook” may very well target Microsoft’s increasingly successful Surface lineup and Apple’s iPad Pro.
With Windows 10 pre-installed, most likely, a 12.9-inch display, we’ve been hearing, detachable keyboard, obviously, and some sort of Intel processor powering the whole 2-in-1 affair. Hopefully, at least a Core i5 Skylake, not an m3 or, worse yet, an x5 or x7 Atom.
Of course, knowing Huawei, affordability should be a main focus, so it remains to be seen if the right balance between a low price and decent PC punch can be attained.