Huawei launches new laplet the MateBook

Manny Pham
February 21, 2016

Huawei announces their new MateBook 2 in 1, a hybrid laptop and tablet.

Kicking things off first at Mobile World Congress we get a shiny impressive new entry from Huawei. The new Huawei MateBook 2 in 1 is adding to the growing laptop and tablet hybrid devices we’ve beens seeing. Huawei’s new device will go up against the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro. It will do so by offering a range of features that has productivity in mind and style.

With a 12-inch IPC LCD display and 2160 x 1440 resolution it offers an incredible looking screen. The screen has plenty of real estate, the bezels are only 10mm around the screen, with Huawei claiming the screen takes up 84% of space. It’s not only what’s on-screen that catches the eye, the body is only 6.9mm thick making it as thick as an iPhone 6. 

Huawei really has productivity in mind, squeezing a lot of useful features into the MateBook. One of the biggest applauses came from the announcement that the MateBook will last 9 hours of video playback or 13 hours of light use. Powering the MateBook is an Intel Core M3, M5 or M7 processor with the ability to run Windows 10 Home and Pro.


The best part of the MateBook is hidden in the volume keys. There you will find the fingerprint sensor from the Mate 8, giving you the ability to access the new laplet instantly and mroe importantly conveniently.

Staying on the productivity line, Huawei also announced the MatePen. It has 2048 levels of pressure and can be used to create some imaganative works of art (depending on your art skills of course). Weirdly there is no convenient way to store the MatePen which the Surface Pen and Apple Pencil are able to do. They will be languishing in bags and coat pockets we assume. Greats news is that the pen will last you 100 hours from only 1 hour of charging.

A release date has not been disclosed but price will range from $699 to $1599 for the tablet. The keyboard and pen will be $129 and $59 respectively.

For more on Huawei, visit What Mobile’s dedicated Huawei page.

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