What is the MateBook? It is Huawei’s entry to the 2-in-1 market with this 12-inch ultrabook. It is their answer to the iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface. The company is immediately taking the luxe route without even thinking of gaining some ground first to lower-end markets. This device has an accompanying keyboard case (encased in genuine leather) and majority of the device is made out of an aluminum unibody.
Huawei’s MateBook Enters the High-End Market Without Taking Detours
Recently unveiled, the MateBook has gotten the premium look down. In other words, it looks absolutely fabulous. It has 10-millimeter bevels covering the screen and it also has diamond-cut chamfered sides. For its weight, its only a light 640-grams. For comparison’s sake, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 weighs 766-grams.
In terms of hardware specs, the Huawei MateBook is up with its top-end rivals. At its core, it is powered by a Core M7 processor with 8GB of RAM. It also has 512GB of SSD storage that comes off as standard. In terms of first-hand performance tests, it is fast, responsive, and seamless. These are the aspects people are looking for, especially for a device placed within a high-end price class.
The overall experience makes the device a worthy adversary to the 2-in-1 market. However, there are evidences that still say that this is clearly a first-grade product. One such element to make this claim is the device’s keyboard. While it looks elegant and there are enough keyboard keys along with good travel, the keys feel flimsy than what you can experience on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Accompanying the device is the MatePen, which is a stylus-slash-laser pointer. This peripheral has 2,048 levels of pressure, and first-hand experience tells early users that it is sturdier than the Apple Pencil. But once again, there are signs that clearly see that it is a first-grade product as you might have to press down quite hard onto the display for the device to produce darker lines.
However, the aforementioned caveats for the MateBook are but minor quibbles. The overall experience delivers a more than satisfactory performance. The overall build quality (sans the keyboard) is excellent, its looks clearly emanate its high-end price, and it gives a pleasurable seamless performance right off the bat.
With Alcatel recently unveiling their own Windows 10 tablet, it might come to no surprise that other companies are gunning to gain higher sales in other facets of the tech industry, and that notion may even be true for Huawei as they bring the MateBook to the world.