Huawei goes the 2-in-1 route with new MateBook Windows 10 hybrid
What’s the hottest mobile form factor these days? Phones may have given way to phablets, and while tablet sales themselves may be seeing a slump, there’s been a rush of new interest on the higher end of things, as users get to know a growing family of tablets that really manage to hold their own against traditional laptops, both in terms of the sheer processing power they offer, as well as offering a convenient, comfortable user experience. This year at MWC, Huawei delivers its own response to the likes of the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro, with the debut of its 12-inch MateBook.
The Windows 10 MateBook has a resolution of 2160 x 1440, a 33.7Wh battery, and supports the optional MatePen stylus, with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. There’s a built-in fingerprint reader, which Huawei calls the fastest in the industry, and an optional keyboard case provides its own touchpad.
Of course, how much use you get out of a 2-in-1 is going to depend a lot on just how capable a device it is, and Huawei’s covering the spread with a lot of configuration options. You can start on the budget side of things with a Core m3, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB storage for just about $700. All tricked out, there’s a core m7, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB storage for more like $1600 – and plenty of options in between.
As for some of that add-on hardware we mentioned earlier, the MateBook’s keyboard cover will go for $130, while the MatePen stylus adds $60 to the tablet’s cost. For users hoping to make the MateBook a part of their office, you can also score a $90 MateDock for hardware connectability.
MateBook sales will hit Europe, Asia, and North America sometime in the months to come, but Huawei isn’t getting too specific. Look for the hardware to land in both gold and gray color options.