Huawei MateBook Price Starts at $699 : New Apple iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro Competitor

Announced at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain last February 21, Huawei MateBook is a sleek 12-inch 2-in-1 device designed to meet the evolving demands of today’s modern business consumers.

The device builds on Huawei’s success in delivering beautiful and at the same time powerful high-end mobile consumer devices and defines itself as a conveniently portable productivity tool that seamlessly integrates work, entertainment, mobility, and high-efficiency.

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Donning a price tag starting at $699 USD before taxes, Huawei MateBook aims to answer business users' requirement for portable, stylish smart devices that allow users to stay connected regardless of where they are. Designed as a total solution for consumers who enjoy the flexibility of a convertible device, the MateBook is a premium product that's crafted with productivity and design in mind.

With the MateBook, Chinese electronics giant Huawei is continuing its strategy of partnering and directly working with the most innovative market leaders in the tech industry. For instance, the device runs the 6th Generation Intel Core m-series processor to handle the most rigorous business tasks while keeping a stylish, thin and lightweight fanless design.

Built to operate on Windows 10, this new two-in-one also delivers top-notch productivity tools and features offered by Microsoft Corporation, including its latest Edge browser and Cortana digital personal assistant

Huawei MateBook

Here's a quick round-up of Huawei MateBook's key features and main selling points, courtesy of our friends from the company.

A Unique, Ultra Slim 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's both elegant and sophisticated. The MateBook likewise 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.

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Keyboard Case, Keyboard, and Touchpad: A 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

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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

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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 Quad HD 2160 x 1440 and a 160-degree wide viewing angle for an immersive experience. The color gamut reaches an impressive 85 percent, capable of displaying true-to-life colors.

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High-efficiency and Agility: Built for Productivity

The MateBook runs on Windows 10 and is powered by a 6 th 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.

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.

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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.

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The Huawei 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.

Huawei MateBook Prices
The most affordable variant will sell for $699 USD before taxes and feature Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage. The keyboard will be sold separately for $129 while the MatePen and MateDock will go for $59 and $89 USD, respectively.

TP Thoughts:

I remember, back in 2011, I bought an Adonit Keyboard Case for my New Apple iPad, knowing for sure that the tablet can be a decent productivity tool aside from being just a great mobile device for gaming, watching movies, browsing the web, reading E-books, and staying connected on my social networking sites. And I was right. Having that case allowed me to update my blog and process documents on my slate easier and faster -- even when I don't have a heavy laptop in my bag. Given that insight and based on my experience, I'm certain that devices like the Huawei MateBook, Apple iPad Pro, and Microsoft Surface Pro indeed have a unique proposition that stylish consumers who need to accomplish business tasks on-the-go would find appealing and attractive.