Huawei MateBook is the first hybrid tablet manufactured by the Chinese technology company to run on Windows 10. Being a milestone device, it has all the signs of a thoroughly implemented project. It features a pleasantly designed aluminum body with good keyboard, adapter kit (dock for various ports) and stylus accessories. Even the platform for its launch could not have been more fitting, the Mobile World Congress 2016 event in Barcelona.
The MateBook has a 12- inch display screen and maintains a thin profile of 6.9 mm. Despite the size, it only weighs 640 grams which makes it a great companion for work and pleasure. The display is nothing short of stunning. The IPS TFT LCD has a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2160 pixels. On the right hand side of this tablet, in between the volume buttons, you will find a fingerprint sensor which is said to support 360- degree sensitive identification apparently to increase the accuracy to a one touch response.
The stylus has a laser pointer that can be great during presentations. When working alone on a project, you get the full functionality of left- click and right- click features using buttons located on the stylus barrel. The stylus has to be charged via USB every so often.
For the keyboard accessory, it should be noted that it connects to the tablet using a single connection point in the middle of the bottom side but holds on firmly with the help of a magnet. It has a decent keyboard for typing which is also fitted with a glass touchpad. It however does not have its own battery which implies that it will be relying on the 33.7 Wh battery on the tablet itself. Overall, the faux- leather clad keyboard makes a decent case that you can enclose the tablet in when not in use.
Huawei MateBook runs Windows 10 Pro using Intel chips. You will have an option of getting a Core M3 or Core M7 system with price differences obviously applying here. Huawei assigns two cores to this tablet with a clocking speed of 3.1 GHz which is plenty. RAM shouldn’t be an issue because the base- level given is 4 GB with an option to get 8 GB if your work involves a lot of heavy- duty software.
Internal storage is based upon a solid state drive system. There is plenty of memory to match the scale of the tablet’s size in a matter of speaking. The least amount of SSD space available is 128 GB. Other options available are 256 GB and 512 GB. Since you don’t get the luxury of an SD card slot on the MateBook, you should be keen on which one you pick since the maxim of “choices have consequences” is a little too vivid in this case—ominous even, especially if you are a space junkie.
Wireless connectivity is made possible via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. A 5 megapixel fixed- focus camera is perhaps the greatest chink on this slate’s armor, and as it were there is only one way to fix this which is to employ an external webcam. In summation, if you are looking for an alternative to Microsoft Surface Pro 4, look no further.
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||278.8 x 194.1 x 6.9 mm|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
|Processor||Dual-core Intel Core m (6th Gen),
Up to 3.1 GHz
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 515|
|Storage||128/256/512 GB SSD|
||USB 3.0 Type C|
|Screen size||12.0 inches|
|Resolution||2160 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD)|
|Pixel density||216 ppi|
|Screen type||IPS TFT LCD|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi MIMO|
|Battery||4430 mAh, Up to 9h video|
|Camera||5 MP, fixed-focus front-facing|
|Others||Fingerprint ID, Stereo speakers,
Dolby audio, MatePen (Optional),
MateBook Protfolio Keyboard (Optional)