Huawei’s MateBook is a convertible PC to take on Microsoft’s Surface – Ars Technica


BARCELONA, Spain—Huawei, not content with being the third-largest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple and Samsung, is now entering the PC market—and it’s going after Microsoft’s Surface. The MateBook is a Surface-like Windows 10 convertible laptop/tablet complete with stylus, 12-inch 2160×1440 pixel display, and all-metal unibody design with a range of colourful portfolio keyboard cases.

The MateBook starts at $699/€799 (~£620) for a 128GB model with 4GB of RAM and Core m3 processor, while the keyboard case goes for $129/€149. At the high end, a MateBook with 512GB storage, 8GB RAM, and Core m7 chip will set you back $1,599/€1,799 (~£1,400). It’s due to launch in Asia, Europe, and North America “in the coming months.” (We hear it’s sometime in March.)

While the MateBook isn’t overly exciting on the inside—it’s powered by Intel’s low power Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors—it sports an extremely attractive design with chamfered edges, a narrow 10mm bezel, 6.9mm thickness, and a weight of just 640 grams. Noise is kept to a minimum, thanks to an entirely fanless design. It comes with either a black facia and silver body or white facia and gold body along with black, brown, orange, and beige colour options for the portfolio keyboard.

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