Two ‘high-end’ next-gen Huawei MateBook models rumored for Q1 2017 launches

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The world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer isn’t quite done with pocket-sized Mate announcements for the year, despite once again hitting the 100 million unit shipment milestone with time to spare, but 2-in-1 detachable tablet enthusiasts will probably need to wait until spring for a refreshed MateBook.

In fact, 2017’s first calendar quarter is starting to shape up like a very fertile window for convertible PC launches, as next-gen iPad Pros, a (legit) Samsung Galaxy TabPro S sequel, and even a Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2 could all see daylight between January and March.

Reportedly, the Huawei MateBook 2 should land “at the end” of Q1, “mainly targeting the China market”, in two sizes instead of just one, and packing truly “high-end” specifications this time around, including Intel Core i-series processors, presumably of the Kaby Lake brand.

Priced as low as $700, and as high as $1,200, the original, MWC 2016-unveiled MateBook only featured Core m chips across the board, as well as a 12-inch 2,160 x 1,440 pixels resolution display. The follow-up generation is expected to accommodate bigger 13.3 and 15.6-inch screens, leaning closer to traditional laptops, as Huawei takes aim at China’s top 3 computer vendors: Lenovo, Asus and Dell.

It therefore remains to be seen if perhaps keyboards will be sold alongside the MateBook 2 as standard, or even non-detachable.

Source: Digitimes

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