It had been rumoured for a while that Huawei was planning on entering the PC segment and at MWC it finally made the move. Much to people’s expectations, the Matebook is not a laptop, but a convertible 2-in-1 PC.
At first glance, the device is quite a looker. It stands 6.9mm thick (without the keyboard) and weighs a mere 640g. The screen is a 12-inch IPS display (2,160×1,440 resolution). The Matebook is powered by Intel Core M processors ranging between i3 and i7 depending on which options you buy. The processors will be supported by 4 or 8GB of RAM and will have either 128GB or 512GB SSD hard drive. The device will run Windows 10 Home or Pro.
On the right side of the Matebook, you will find the volume rockers and the fingerprint scanner. The device has one type-C USB port on the side. There is a 5MP front camera, which is on a par with most smartphone selfie snappers. There’s no rear cam; you wouldn’t be using this device for scenic shots anyway. Huawei says the Matebook will provide nine hours’ battery life, which seems to be enough for a day’s use.
It’s yet to be seen how the Matebook will match up against the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or iPad Pro, but for now we’re thoroughly impressed with these features.