HUAWEI revealed the new MateBook 2-in-1 convertible tablet at Mobile World Congress 2016. The Matebook, is headed to the US on July 11th starting at $699, it is a 12-inch laptop/tablet hybrid that weighs in at a mere 1.4 pounds and 6.9 millimeters thin. Huawei claims it is the lightest 12-inch tablet on the market. Even though it’s a hybrid, the Matebook still counts as the company’s first laptop/tablet. And as is usually the case with convertibles, there is a stylus pen accessory with Windows Ink support and 2,048 levels of pressure.
Huawei’s battery life claims are certainly impressive: nine hours of video playback. And remember that the volume rocker doubles as a fingerprint reader, which is a neat little trick.
The Matebook’s screen comes in at 2,160 by 1,440p, which is sharp but not nearly as much as the iPad Pro (2,732 x 2,048) or the Surface Pro 4 (2,736 x 1,824). You will be able to configure it with core M3, M5 and M7 processors, 4 gigabyte or 8 gigabyte of RAM, and storage options from 128 gigabyte to 512 gigabyte SSDs. There’s also a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint sensor on the side. A keyboard, stylus, and dock will be available for an additional $129, $59, and $89, respectively.
It’s also shipping with Windows 10 Signature Edition in the US, which means it’ll offer a clean Windows experience without any junkware.
The MateBook does only have one USB-C port – and since that port is also used for charging, the setup could be too limiting for power users. It does include a couple of adapters in the box, though, and the optional dock lets you charge while connecting 2 USB 3.0, ethernet, HDMI and VGA accessories.
The Huawei MateBook will be available to pre-order on the Microsoft Store.