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What’s the Huawei MateBook?

Huawei MateBook

It seems that Huawei is poised to take over the world of cost effective computer electronics! And you know what, thats great! Developing the new MateBook which seems to take on Microsoft’s low cost Notebooks and anything Apple made a few years ago, they’re calling it a: Flagship Mobile Productivity Tool which they unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain 21 February.

According to the leak: 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.

The device starts at $699/€799, which as of 7:04pm today is: R10 597,12, which is not cheap for most people in South Africa. But it will come in run down prices for the more affordable level as time goes on and the market shifts.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business mentioned: “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.”  

“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.” – Kirk Skaugen, {Insert Important Executive Title} of Intel.

Seems like Huawei are making a move to the laptop/Ultra Tablet market, and it’s exciting! But, not too exciting. It’s built to operate on Windows 10, the MateBook also delivers the best productivity tools and features offered by Microsoft Corp., including its latest browser, Microsoft Edge and the Cortana digital personal assistant.

The Verge made a pretty cool hands on review of it here:

Design and Smoothness

The leak says that the Huawei MateBook combines the mobility of a smartphone with the power and productivity of a laptop, 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.

They keyboard case is made of environmentally friendly, soft PU leather, the perfect choice to match style with functionality. 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.

The screen is a 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.

Finally, the battery, will it stand up to this Macbook Air’s nine hour battery? Well, it delivers optimal performance as a mobile device.
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.

The machine runs Windows 10 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.

They made a Stylus Steve!

They went and made a Stylus, the 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.

When is it coming here

Right now, Huawei hasn’t mentioned when this interesting and test worth machine will be seeing South African shelves, but if past experience is anything to go by, we should be seeing the first top end models in about four months (That’s not confirmed!). But rest assured that Ill have a look at it and let you know if you should consider this more affordable Notebook for your staff body.

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