Mobile World Congress is already underway and one of the first announcement coverage we’ve got is this, a first for Huawei, this is the MateBook, a 2 in 1 Tablet running Windows 10.
The Huawei MateBook is set to compete right in the barriers of Microsoft’s own Surface Pro devices, following the same 12 inch (QHD) form factor, and feature what’s become the norm from devices of this size, a convertible style keyboard. However, unlike the weaker Keyboard offerings from Apple with the iPad Pro, the Keyboard on the MateBook is actually fairly decent and much more akin to the likes of a traditional Laptop, however the similarities end their when it comes to the traditional Laptop device. Although just like the Apple MacBook, the only port you’ll find on this thing is a single USB-C.
For starters the MateBook is powered by an 6th Generation Intel Core M processor, whether the M3, M5 or the M7 depending on chosen specifications. All variants other than the base M3 model, which comes with 4GB, come with 8GB of RAM and SSD storage ranging from 128GB to 512GB depending on your choice, however those barriers will see you paying anywhere from $699 / €799 to a rather ambitious maxed price of $1599 / €1799. This is NOT including the $129 Keyboard shown here which doubles as a screen protector.
Another thing which has become the norm especially with the likes of Windows 10 devices is the inclusion of a Pen, whilst at the moment we can neither confirm whether the Pen is NTrig or Wacom (we expect latter), that too will come at an extra cost. The Pen also includes a Laser pointer for … reasons which hopefully helps the $59 investment seem a bit less steep.
Like with practically everything at Mobile World Congress, no availability is available just yet, but watch this space.