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Huawei launches the MateBook, an ultra-thin Tablet PC with pen, laser and Core M

Scritto da Giacomo Fumagalli. Pubblicato in News, News and Articles

Chinese manufacturer Huawei launches its first Tablet PC: it is the new Huawei MateBook, an ultra-thin stylish slate Windows 10 tablet with Skylake-Y and active pen support.

Huawei announced the MateBook, its first Tablet Personal Computer, at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcellona, Spain. The new slate device – that comes with an optional cover with physical keyboard – is an incredibly thin device (just 6,9 mm, like the Apple iPhone 6) powered by last-generation Intel Core m3, m5 or m7 processors.

Based on a 12-inch display (2160×1440 pixel; 3:2; glossy) surrounded by ultra-thin bezels (84% screen-to-body ratio)  and dominated by a white-and-silver (or white-and-gold), gently rounded aesthetic, the first Huawei Windows 10 tablet is a productivity-oriented device: it is particularly highlighted by several business-oriented features like the fingerprint reader and the optional active pen with laser pointer and multi-function buttons.

Huawei MateBook Tablet PC

The battery powered stylus uses a still unconfirmed technology and has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity; the battery is rechargeable and, according to Huawei, it should be able of 100 hours of use with a single hour of charging. The technical features of the stylus looks Wacom-like, and Huawei uses the Wacom AES technology in the recently-launched Android-based MediaPad M2 tablet, but the MateBook cone-shaped elastomer pen’s tip seems to exclude Wacom AES technology.

Huawei MateBook Tablet PC Stylus

From a technical point of view there is some very particular missing features, like the back-facing camera and the SD/microSD reader: the only non-wireless connector is the single USB Type-C port that is also used to charge the internal 33,7 Wh battery. The 4G/LTE connectivity is missing also.

Huawei MateBook Tablet PC

The full datasheet shows:

  • Intel Core m3, m5 or m7 processors
  • Intel HD515 Graphics
  • 4 or 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 128, 256 or 512 GB SSD
  • 12-inch IPS display (2160×1440)
  • Active digitizer
  • USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 5 MP front camera
  • Stereo speaker with Dolby support
  • 33,7 Wh, 4430 mAh internal battery
  • Weight: 640 grams
  • Dimensions: 278,8 x 194,1 x 6,9 mm

The optional keyboard with cover acts like a support for the Tablet PC during desktop use; the cover, that is available in three different colors (black, brown orange and beige), allows to angle the screen from 67 to 52 degrees; the keyboard is backlighted and the keys have a “near notebook” 1,5 mm travel.

Huawei MateBook Tablet PC

The new Huawei Matebook will come worldwide in six different configurations, with prices ranging from $699/€799 and $1599/€1799:

  • Core m3, 4 GB, 128 GB – $699/€799
  • Core m3, 4 GB, 256 GB – $849/€949
  • Core m5, 8 GB, 256 GB – $999/€1149
  • Core m5, 8 GB, 512 GB – $1199/€1349
  • Core m7, 8 GB, 256 GB – $1399/€1599
  • Core m7. 8 GB, 512 GB – $1599/€1799

The stylus and the keyboad will be optional, and priced $59 and $129 respectively. A USB-C dock (RJ45, 2x USB, 1x USB-C, HDMI, VGA) will be also available for $89.

Article by Tablet PC Street
Source | Huawei


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Giacomo Fumagalli

Giacomo Fumagalli

Italian psychologist from Milan, since 2007 Giacomo uses only Windows-based Tablet PCs (current devices: HP EliteBook 2760p, Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Waterproof and HP Stream 7). Creator of the newsblog "il Tablet PC Italico", in 2010 he became the Content Manager of "Tablet PC Italia", and later the owner. He lives with psychology, Tablet PCs and many other things; he loves to cook, cats and curly girls.

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