MWC 2016: Huawei unveils new MateBook 2-in-1 PC

Huawei, best known for smartphones, enters the PC market with the new MateBook 2-in-1 PC, with optional keyboard and dock.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Huawei unveils new MateBook 2-in-1 PC

Huawei -- which is the third largest smartphone maker in the world -- has entered the PC market with a new ultra-slim, ultra-light, Windows 10-powered 2-in-1 device called the MateBook.

The MateBook, which starts at $699, is equipped with a 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 resolution IPS multi-touch display, Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 33.7Wh high-density Lithium battery good for nine hours of work/internet use.

The top-end MateBook features a Core m7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, and is priced at $1,799.

The MateBook is a completely fanless design, which means there's no noise when it is in use. It also features a fingerprint reader which Huawei claim is the fastest in the industry. The entire package is only 6.9mm thick and weighs in at only 640g. Even the bezel around the display has been kept to a minimum, at only 10mm.

The MateBook also comes with an optional keyboard case, with a backlit keyboard that features a chiclet keycap design with only 1.5mm of travel, and a built-in multi-touch touchpad. The keyboard draws power from the MateBook itself, so there's no additional battery to charge up. Priced at $129, it will be offered in black, brown, orange and beige.

For those who like a stylus, there's the MatePen, which offers 2,048 levels of sensitivity, and not only supports drawing and mathematic functions, but it also features a laser pointer. This will be priced at $59.

Finally, there's a dock. Called the MateDock, this is a USB-C dock that features VGA, HDMI, USB, and Ethernet outputs. This is priced at $89.

The MateBook will be available "in the coming months" and will be offered in grey and gold.

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