Hybrids are all the rage right now. With tablet and laptop sales in decline, tech makers reckon that combining the two products into one device is a winning ticket.
That’s why the iPad Pro, Surface Pro 4 and now Huawei’s new MateBook have all been ushered into existence. Unveiled today at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, the MateBook is a slick-looking Windows 10 tablet that works best with its ultrathin keyboard cover accompaniment and MatePen stylus.
It’s a pretty similar device to the Microsoft’s Surface 3 that we saw last year. That means it’s not as powerful as your average laptop, but a lot more portable. We got hands-on with the Huawei MateBook to see how it shapes up.
Huawei’s phones always look desirable, and the same applies to the svelte, aluminium MateBook. At just 6.9mm thin and 640g, it’s built to squeeze into a satchel without weighing you down.
Its screen is pretty tasty too. A 12-inch IPS number with a 2160 x 1440 resolution, that’s about 216 pixels per inch, text should be easy to read on the MateBook and you’ll have little trouble kicking back with Netflix either. With 128GB storage as standard, 256GB and 512GB models are also available, this device has a decent amount of space for your own TV and movie downloads too.
Dig underneath its display and you’ll find the MateBook features an Intel Core M3 processor and 4GB RAM in its base model. That’s the same chip used in Microsoft’s entry-level Surface Pro 4, so the MateBook should be good for your everyday multitasking needs. At least that’s what it seemed like from our limited time with the hybrid.
The MateBook also features a 33.7 watt-hours battery, which equates to a 4430mAh capacity. Huawei reckons you’ll get 10 hours of work out of the device, which seems fair enough to us. That’s about as much juice as you’ll be able to squeeze out of a Surface Pro 4.