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.
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.
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.
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.
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.