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5 things to know about the MateBook, Huawei's first-ever Windows device

Florence Ion | Feb. 23, 2016
Huawei and Windows 10? It's a new category for the Chinese manufacturer, but this 12-inch tablet seems like a promising, cheaper alternative to the competition.

When you think of the name Huawei, you likely think of servers or Android devices—or you don’t think of them at all, since Huawei is hardly a major brand name in the U.S. The company is hoping to change that, though, with the introduction of its first convertible Windows tablet, the Huawei MateBook.

The MateBook is a productivity-focused tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface. It’s lighter, thinner, and way more svelte, not to mention it’s accompanied by a trio of accessories that are actually quite useful. Here’s a quick look at a few of the standout features of Huawei’s first-ever Windows tablet, including a closer look at some of its accessories.

It’s seriously stylish

The Huawei MateBook is one seriously stylin’ 2-in-1. Credit: Florence Ion

I’m pretty keen on the MateBook’s design. It borrows its all-aluminum aesthetic from Huawei’s MediaPad M2, a 10-inch Android tablet the company announced at CES, though this particular device is a bit bigger with its 12-inch IPS LCD display. 

The Huawei MateBook is 6.9mm thin. Credit: Florence Ion

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The MateBook also sports curved edges. Credit: Florence Ion

The MateBook’s 6.9mm chassis makes it thinner than the Surface 4, and at 1.41 pounds it’s lighter than the iPad Pro. But even with those figures, the tablet is rather dense. It certainly feels like it has all the hardware of a laptop stowed inside it, though it’s still light enough to wield as a regular tablet.

Inside, there’s Intel Core M-series processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage, depending on the model you choose. The MateBook also sports a slimmer bezel than its competitors—Huawei said it’s an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio. It’s nice to have all that extra screen space, though it’s a magnet for fingerprints.

Battery life to get you through the work day

The MateBook has enough battery life to get you through a full day.  Credit: Florence Ion

The MateBook is fueled by a 4430mAh battery. Huawei says it can last for up to 10 hours of standard use, which the company says is more than its competitors advertise, including the Lenovo MIIX 4 and Surface Pro 4. Of course, we’ll have to test all this in our lab before we can verify this claim, though it sounds promising on paper.

It has a stylish keyboard cover

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The MateBook’s keyboard cover is water resistant. Credit: Florence Ion

The MateBook’s $129 water-resistant keyboard case is seriously cool. It’s covered in a premium-feeling leather, so it already offers a professional, business-like aesthetic that you want from a 2-in-1. The keyboard has spacing between the keys for comfortable typing, and the keys are large enough that you’re not accidentally tapping neighboring characters.


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