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MWC 2016: Huawei unveils new MateBook 2-in-1 PC

MWC 2016: Huawei unveils new MateBook 2-in-1 PC

"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". Even the bezel around the display has been kept to a minimum, at only 10mm. As far as the pricing goes, the basic model starts at $699 (Rs 48,000 approximately) and goes up to $1,599 (Rs 110,000 approximately) for the top end variant.

The MateBook will run Windows 10 in two iterations. The MateBook keyboard features a 1.5mm keystroke, chiclet keycap design and a built-in touchpad with multi-touch support.

The MateBook is equipped with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, giving you the option of kitting out your device with a range of software for home or business, with security provided by a fingerprint sensor that Huawei says is the fastest around right now.

Powering all this hardware is a 33.7Wh high-density Lithium battery, which Huawei says will given 10 hours of average daily use.

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Accompanying the MateBook is the MateDock, a USB Type C dock that includes a VGA output, USB outputs, and Ethernet that comes wrapped up in a colour-matched case. While it might not be as sharp as the one found on the Surface Pro 4 (2736x1824p) or the iPad Pro (2732x2048p) but it surely gets the job done and that too in a good way. The device also features Huawei's exclusive power-saving technology to meet the needs of business users.

Huawei also unveiled the MatePen, a stylus for use with the MateBook that supports an impressive 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and an elastomer tip. It also comes with a month long battery life and can charge from empty to fully in an hour; great news for mouse haters. As a quick note, the keyboard folio comes separately like it does on the iPad Pro, setting you back €149 or $129, while the MatePen costs €69 or $59.

The Chinese firm's chief Richard Yu said: "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 nearly every scenario".

The presentation finished with Huawei talking through a host of accessories it will launch for the MateBook at the same time. Additionally, the company will also be selling a dock adapter - should the USB Type C port fail to impress you - for the MateBook for $99.


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