Huawei MateBook hands on review at Mobile World Congress. Huawei’s new Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid is pretty wieldy despite the 12.2-inch screen and full-sized keyboard dock.
By which we mean to say, even though it’s not exactly lightweight at 640g, it’s surprisingly easy to hold in one hand while you idly browse the web or prop up on your lap while you power through some amortisation schedules, or whatever it is people who use Excel do.
That 12.2-inch Quad HD resolution (2160 x 1440) LCD screen features IPS technology, which should allow for good viewing angles. It stood up well enough underneath the harsh glare of Huawei’s booth lights, but the reflective nature of the screen also means it’s got the tendency to reflect glare back into the viewer’s eyes, which is a bit of a no-no.
Switching between tablet and laptop modes is easy thanks to the magnetic nature of the keyboard dock; it snaps and locks in place securely and we were relieved to see that it comes with a decent keyboard with keys that depress nicely. From our first impressions, it feels nicer to type on than the Surface Pro 4’s keyboard.
There’s also a stylus which comes with a laser pointer and Bluetooth controls as well as basic sketching and scribbling functions – due to the limited time we had at Huawei’s booth we weren’t able to smash out any sketches worth of Rembrandt, but we’ll have a stab once we get a review sample in.
Available in 128GB/256GB/512GB and 4GB/8GB RAM flavours, all Huawei MateBooks will come with a 5-megapixel camera for video calls, dual-band WiFi, a 3.1GHz dual core 6th gen Intel Core M processor as standard. UK price or availability details are currently unavailable, but we’ll update you as soon as possible.