Huawei, the Chinese mobile giant, has launched their first notebook in the form of MateBook. It was speculated couple months back that company would be foraying into a laptop business. Well, it’s not exactly the traditional laptop, but a modern generation notebook, a hybrid if you say. The design of the MateBook keeps it in line with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. The device is extensively available in 128GB model to 512GB SSD models, pricing starting at $699 in the United States to the $1599 for the highest configuration model. Not only the storage is different, but processor also used vary from Intel’s Core M3, M5 and all the way up to M7.
The MateBook features a full aluminum unibody design, going through more than 60 crafting processing, CNC Diamond level cutting, the new 12-inch device from the company is nothing but a marvel of engineering. All around symmetry makes its design beautifully appealing, and the streamline curvature helps in holding it. Available in two colors, Black panel with gray body and White panel with a golden body, it is made to serve a 2-in-1 purpose, first as Notebook and second as a tablet. Company claims switching back and forth between these two modes is very easy, which makes it a hybrid tablet.
The 12-inch display comes with a resolution of 2160 x 1440, which is 2K display for a tablet. It has an 85% Color Gamut and 400 nits of brightness levels, which is competitive in the tablet business. With only 10mm bezel, the display looks quite stunning and thus makes it quite lighter in overall construction, when compared to other hybrid tablets like Lenovo Yoga and Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The company also claims that it has the highest screen to body ratio at 84% while iPad Pro has 76% and latest Surface tablet stands at 77%. It is also probably the thinnest as well at 6.9mm thickness and lightest at just 640 grams compared to 713 and 766, Apple and Microsoft tablets, respectively.
All this is powered by a High-density Lithium battery with 4430 mAh capacity at 7.6V, which promises 10 hours of typical usage, moreover, you don’t have to carry around the bulky charger anymore. The charger that comes with this weighs only 110 grams. Note that it has a combination of two ports; USB Type-C and micro USB and supports all Android smartphones on those ports. The 8-layer heat conductive structure makes it quite worthy of performance and doesn’t let it heat too much. It has a dual-speakers which are integrated with Dolby Audio technology making your media viewing experience quite fantastic.
Under the hood is the sixth generation Intel M Series Chipset, which varies according to the model, as it comes with M3, M5, and M7 processors. These are the dual-core SoC clocking up to 3.1GHz. The Matebook would be running on the Windows 10 Home and Professional editions, depends on what you choose for. The keyboard on this thing is spill resistant and can be easily detached as well. There are two other accessories aside Keyboard that company has announced with this hybrid tablet includes MatePen and MateDock. They are priced at $59 and $89, respectively, while Keyboard would be available for $129.
The MatePen makes use of the 2048 Levels of pressure that its display is capable of identifying; it is the highest precision possible and would be quite helpful for drawing. Apart from helping creative artists, it can be a business assistant as well, with laser point and presentation clicker features. This pen can go on working for a month with a charging of just one hour, interesting piece I must say. In terms of the camera department, it sports a 5-megapixel resolution front-facing camera, which proves quite useful during conference calls, as well as aiding in calls is the dual microphone so that call quality is audible.
Huawei has been known to introduce single-touch fingerprint sensors on their Mate series of handset, M7 and recently announced Mate 8. The same fingerprint technology has been brought to here on this hybrid tablet. On the side edge, the device sports world’s first single-touch side fingerprint sensor. Usually, you see it on the rear side of the instrument or either on the front, but you have never experienced it on the side. We had quite a fun unlocking it. You can add different fingers for multiple accounts.