As one of the big challenger brands in smartphones, as well as boasting an impressive marketshare in network equipment, Chinese powerhouse Huawei has plans for further expansion. At an event in Berlin – an interesting choice with HP unveiling new notebooks in Cannes and the Computex geek fest just a week away – the company unveiled their new MateBook. And it’s a device I’m hoping to look at in my quest for the perfect traveling tablet.
The MateBook comes in three versions: the MateBook E, D and X. The D is a traditional laptop, the E is a tablet with a detachable keyboard with the X filling the in-between space as a sub-notebook. All three look like they could find a place in the satchels and backpacks of mobile workers and students.
The E boasts an Intel Core i5 processor and a 2K display touchscreen. It is available in Titanium Grey with a blue Folio Keyboard and Champagne Gold with a brown Folio Keyboard.
The D ups the ante and fancies itself as a gaming notebook. It packs 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 or i5 processors with some models adding a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 video memory.
Rounding out the collection is the X. The X is a traditional sub-notebook that bears a more than passing resemblance to Apple’s MacBook. It’s likely to appeal to students and those that are after a traditional computer but like a little colour in their lives as there are several different body colours to choose from.
Although there is a local webpage for the MateBook range, it’s not yet populated with any useful information. But European pricing is available.