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Huawei Launches The MateBook At MWC 2016, A 2-in-1 Windows Tablet Coming Soon

Huawei Launches The MateBook At MWC 2016, A 2-in-1 Windows Tablet Coming Soon

At MWC today Huawei unveiled their latest product, the MateBook. This 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet combines the convenience of a tablet with the efficiency of a laptop. Similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, the MateBook brings a large 12″ IPS display and a battery that Huawei claims is capable of delivering up to 9 hours of continuous usage.

The keyboard case is made of a PU Leather material that provides a premium feel without being harmful to the environment. The keys feature a 1.5mm keystroke with expanded key surfaces to provide for an easier typing experience. Sadly this keyboard is not included, but it does come in at $129 and will be available in a collection of different colors. A stylus is also available in the form of the MatePen. This product is capable of 2,048 levels of sensitivity and supports graphics/mathematics functions, as well as including a laser pointer.


The MateBook also features a one-touch fingerprint sensor which Huawei claims is the fastest in the industry.

Pricing starts at $699 with an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. From there things go all the way up to $1,599 with an Intel Core M7, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The device will launch in Asia, Europe, and North America in the coming months.

Press Release

Huawei Launches MateBook at MWC 2016

New Flagship Mobile Productivity Tool Introduces the New Style of Business

[Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016] At Mobile World Congress 2016, Huawei launched the HUAWEI MateBook, a 2-in-1 device designed to meet the evolving demands of today’s modern business users. Building on Huawei’s success in delivering beautiful and powerful high-end mobile consumer devices, the MateBook defines itself as a mobile productivity tool that seamlessly integrates mobility, high efficiency, work and entertainment.


Starting at $699/€799, the MateBook is answering the demand for portable, stylish smart devices that allow users to stay connected in any setting. Designed as a total solution for consumers who enjoy the flexibility of a convertible device, the MateBook is a premium product that perfectly balances mobility, productivity and design.

“With this landmark device, Huawei is demonstrating our industry-leading design and manufacturing expertise by bringing a beautifully crafted flagship product to market that is redefining the new style of business – connected computing across all devices in almost every scenario,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei has successfully channeled its comprehensive experience and excellence in building premium mobile products into the needs of the modern business environment by introducing a highly efficient device, seamlessly capable of integrating work and entertainment functions.”

With the MateBook, Huawei is continuing its strategy of partnering with the most innovative market leaders. The device features a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ m-series processor to handle the most rigorous business demands in a stylish, thin and lightweight fanless design. “This is an exciting time for Huawei to enter the market with its powerful new MateBook,” said Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Client Computing Group, Intel Corporation. “By designing with the Intel Core m processor, Huawei is delivering a premium 2-in-1 experience that offers a compelling combination of mobility combined with full PC productivity. We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Huawei in this growing 2-in-1 market.”

Built to operate on Windows 10, the MateBook also delivers the best of the legendary productivity tools and features offered by Microsoft Corp., including its latest browser, Microsoft Edge and the Cortana digital personal assistant.

“Our collaboration with Huawei offers consumers a new way to experience Windows 10 on a beautifully designed device,” said Peter Han, Vice President, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Huawei appreciates how consumers want to interact with devices, and is bringing a fresh perspective to this space. Our relationship with Huawei is a great example of the growing ecosystem of premium portable Windows 10 devices.”

Ultra Slim – A Unique Device with an Innovative Design

Combining the mobility of a smartphone with the power and productivity of a laptop, the MateBook is designed with simplicity in mind. With minimal embellishment and a sleek appearance, the device is made of high-quality aluminum unibody that is both elegant and sophisticated. The MateBook features a strong protective body to withstand the rigors of an on-the-go lifestyle, and its slim profile and ultra-low weight of just 640g makes it ideal to take anywhere.

Keyboard Case, Keyboard and Touchpad – Fusion of Fashion and Usability

The MateBook keyboard case is made of environmentally friendly, soft PU leather, the perfect choice to match style with functionality. The durability of the keyboard case also provides an ideal level of protection. The keyboard features a 1.5mm keystroke and a chiclet keycap design, which allows for larger key surfaces to minimize typing errors. The built-in touchpad uses multi-touch technology that supports smooth and precise finger movements, combining comfort and utility.

True-to-Life Colors – Vivid, Immersive Experience

The MateBook’s 12-inch IPS multi-touch screen is further enhanced by an ultra-narrow frame and a screen-to-body ratio of 84 percent. The screen boasts a resolution of 2160×1440 and a 160-degree wide angle for an immersive experience. The color gamut reaches an impressive 85 percent, capable of displaying true-to-life colors.

Long-lasting Battery – Made for Mobility

To ensure the MateBook delivers optimal performance as a mobile device, battery life and power were a top priority throughout the design process. Its 33.7Wh high-density Lithium battery provides enough power for nine hours of work, nine consecutive hours of Internet use and 29 hours of music playback. The device also features Huawei’s exclusive power-saving technology to meet the needs of business users. The MateBook’s battery can attain a full charge in just two-and-a-half hours. When there is not enough time for a full charge, the device can power up to 60 percent battery strength in just one hour.

High-efficiency and Agility – Built for Productivity

The MateBook runs on Windows 10 and is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core m-series processor, putting high-speed processing power and the most essential business productivity tools, including Microsoft Office, at users’ fingertips. The device offers up to 8GB of LPDDR3 memory and a solid-state hard drive with capacity up to 512GB. Utilizing a unique stacked hardware process, Huawei is able to deliver a fanless design, ensuring zero noise when the MateBook is in use.

MatePen – More than a Stylus

When only a hand-written note will do, the accompanying MatePen stylus offers 2,048 levels of sensitivity, perfectly capturing users’ subtle and diverse pen-tip actions with zero delay. For advanced business functions, MatePen supports graphics and mathematic functions, and can be used as a laser pointer for delivering presentations.

World’s First One-touch Unlock – The Fastest Fingerprint Recognition in the Industry

The MateBook provides security while maintaining quick access through the fingerprint recognition feature that supports 360-degree sensitive identification for fewer authentication failures. It takes only one touch to unlock the MateBook’s screen – the fastest fingerprint recognition in the industry.

The Best Connectivity – True Convenience

Additionally, the MateBook features a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot for users to stay connected when a traditional Internet connection is not available. Other features that ensure an efficient mobile experience include a seamless data transfer capability that allows drag-and-drop document transfer to and from Android smartphones.

The MateBook will be available in Asia, Europe and North America in the coming months and will be available in two elegant colors: grey and golden.

MateBook pricing:

 Storage SSD
 USD(excludes tax)
 EUR (includes tax)
6th Core™ m3 4 GB 128 GB $699 €799
6th Core™ m3 4 GB 256 GB $849 €949
6th Core™ m5 8 GB 256 GB $999 €1,149
6th Core™ m5 8 GB 512 GB $1,199 €1,349
6th Core™ m7 8 GB 256 GB $1,399 €1,599
6th Core™ m7 8 GB 512 GB $1,599 €1,799

USD      EUR

Keyboard          $129     €149

MatePen           $59       €69

MateDock         $89       €99

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Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.