Huawei Lays Down Productivity Gauntlet

By Tom Allen
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Huawei showed off a new convertible tablet to challenge productivity devices like the Surface Book and iPad Pro, and called the Mate Book. It will be available in a range of prices, set by the processor choice (all sixth-gen Core M devices from Intel). Its use was being demonstrated in scenarios including office work and design.

The Mate Book uses a 12″ display, with 2160 x 1440 resolution and a 160° viewing angle. The product is 6.9mm thick, weighs 640g and features a Wacom stylus. The detachable keyboard features a 1.5mm travel distance and a touchpad with multitouch technology.

A 33.7Wh battery supports up to nine hours of use, and will reach a full charge in two and a half hours. Quick charge technology will take it to 60% power in one hour.

A fingerprint reader is built in to the device. The Mate Book features a USB-C connector.

Intel’s Core M processors run Windows 10, with a choice of M3, M5 or M7 devices. The M3 products feature 4GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage ($700 and $850, respectively). All other variants have 8GB of RAM and 256GB ($1,000 or $1,400) or 512GB ($1,200 or $1,600) of storage. These processors enable a fanless design.

We hear that Foxconn is producing the Mate Book for Huawei.