Huawei takes on Surface and iPad Pro with the MateBook

Huawei takes on Surface and iPad Pro with the MateBook
Huawei takes on Surface and iPad Pro with the MateBook

Two-in-one devices are all the rage these days, so much so that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is taking on the likes of Apple, Microsoft, HP, and Samsung with its own Windows 10-powered convertible.

The MateBook's standout feature is a 12-inch 2,160 x 1,440 display packed into a bezel-light form factor. With a screen-to-body ratio of 84%, it beats out both the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4. Huawei is also quick to point out that the 640g MateBook is also lighter than its two biggest competitors, and at 6.9mm, the two-in-one is just as thin as an iPad Pro.

The MateBook's keyboard case is used to prop the tablet up when typing, and has a design reminiscent of iPad Pro and Samsung Tab Pro S accessories. In addition, it's backlit and spill resistant.

In terms of hardware, the MateBook is powered by an Intel Core M3, M5, or M7 processor depending on the configuration. RAM sits between 4 and 8GB, and the device can be kitted out with SSD options as big as 512GB. Huawei says MateBook's 4,430mAh battery should provide up to 10 hours of mixed usage. Other notable inclusions include dual speakers, and a fingerprint reader embedded in the tablet's volume rocker.

Of course, no Surface competitor would be complete without a stylus. Huawei's optional MatePen boasts 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and can run for a month on a one-hour charge. While the pointy end is fairly conventional, its rear doubles as a laser point, presumably for giving presentations.

The tablet portion of the MateBook starts at USD$699 for a configuration with a Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. This goes all the way up to USD$1,599 for a Core M7 model with 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The MateBook's keyboard cover is priced at USD$129, while the MatePen will go for USD$59.

Local pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed.  

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