When it comes to Huawei (Chinese electronics giant), most people will firstly think of intriguing high-end phones like the Mate 8 and Nexus 6P instead of computer. Now, that’s about to change.
Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung, Huawei has introduced its first-ever 2-in-1 laptop with Windows 10 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, and it’s called the MateBook. It's a slick 12-inch tablet that comes with a keyboard case, has really good battery life, and a great display.
No doubt, lots of people have compared MateBook directly with Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or Samsung Galaxy TabPro S since it was released by Huawei on 21 February 2016. For more information about the 3 different laptops, please see the following part.
MateBook VS. Surface Pro 4 & Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Huawei MateBook VS. Surface Pro 4
From the above chart we know that both of them run Windows 10, and each one has different features. For specific, Huawei says its battery will last for up to 10 hours of standard use; MateBook’s price is lower than Surface Pro’s. Therefore, in some ways, MateBook is actually better.
Huawei MateBook VS. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
From the above chart, we can know that MateBook trumps the TabPro S in some respects. For instance, MateBook provides 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, which will attract many users.
After seeing the two charts, some users may wonder more about MateBook to check whether to buy one. Now, let’s see some excellent features and users’ opinions of this Huawei's first-ever Windows device.
Here, we will show some features of Huawei’s first-ever Windows tablet to help users know more information about it.
Perfect Travel Companion
MateBook comes in two variants: a black panel with a grey body and a white panel with a gold body, and it has four colors including: black, brown, orange and beige.
To meet the evolving demands of today’s modern business users, MateBook defines itself as a mobile productivity tool that seamlessly integrates mobility, high efficiency, work and entertainment. Richard Yu, chief executive officer of Huawei consumer business group, 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 almost every scenario.”
MateBook is one seriously stylin’ 2-in-1, and it also sports curved edges. It is designed with simplicity in mind, it’s sleek exterior crafted from high quality materials ensures that every bit is streamlined, highlighting only what’s necessary. It’s thinner than the Surface 4 and it’s lighter than the iPad, making it easy to carry. And, it has a 12-inch screen with a resolution of 2,160 × 1,440 pixels, runs on Windows 10 and is powered by Intel’s sixth generation m-series processors - Core m3, m5 or m7. On the other hand, MateBook boasts a fanless design, so noise is kept to a minimum.
Therefore, MateBook is a perfect travel companion for users.
MateBook has enough battery life to get users through a full day. This laptop is fueled by a 4430mAh battery, and Huawei says it can last for up to 10 hours of standard use, and says it is more than its competitors advertise like Surface Pro 4. Besides, MateBbook contains Huawei’s exclusive power-saving technology to meet the needs of business users. Furthermore, MateBook’s battery can attain a full charge in just two-and-a-half hours.
MateBook provides MatePen to give users greater control and focus over their actions. It’s a bit light, so it doesn’t feel like a real pen. However, users will experience the same drag and resistance as they would if they were drawing on physical paper. MatePen supports over 2048 levels of sensitivity and an easy access eraser mode, so users can make clear expressions with bold strokes. Of course, the Matepen can work on other levels to enhance efficiency. With a built-in laser pointer feature, users can go from creating to presenting in an instant.
Note: The Huawei MatePen contains a rechargeable lithium battery which offers up to 100 hours of use with a single charge.
The Best Connectivity
MateBook also has a WiFi mobile hotspot function for sharing the Internet connection, and data transfer capability for allowing users to drag and drop documents to and from Android smartphones. Furthermore, it also doubles as a remote for PowerPoint presentations and features a laser pointer on the back, which is neat though not entirely necessary.
As we know, everything users need for the MateBook is inside the MateDock’s leather case. Although users need to pay $89 to get the MateBook’s second accessory, MateDock, it will bring some extra functionality. To be specific, the MateDock connects to the MateBook via USB-C and adds HDMI, VGA, and two extra USB ports. As a result, users can hook their MateBook up to a monitor and tack on a mouse and keyboard. Besides, it comes inside a leather folio case that also houses a super compact 12-volt pocket charger.
Recently, more and more users are talking about Huwai’s MateBook. Different people have different options. Here, some comments on the Huawei's first-ever Windows device are shown.
Brett Howse, AnandTech editor, wrote: “it’s great to see a new entrance into the PC space, and Huawei has designed what looks to be a pretty nice tablet for their first attempt. The Surface Pro is definitely the inspiration for the MateBook, and that’s not a bad thing, but the keyboard has been improved a lot of the latest tablet from Microsoft, and the MateBook type cover appears to mimic the prior generation here.” However, he also pointed out that the keyboard has backlit keys with 1.5mm of travel, but the actual keys themselves are very much like the Surface Pro 3 keyboard rather than the much improved Surface Pro 4 design.
“The keyboard is backlit and has 1.5 mm of key travel (similar to the MacBook Pro). It’s not the best mobile keyboard I’ve tried, but definitely better than the average. Like the iPad Pro, there’s no Bluetooth involved with connecting and instead uses a proprietary port on the side of the device. The case acts as both protection and a stand with two different fixed positions. There’ll be four different colors for the case, and two for the MateBook: Space Silver (yeah, like Apple’s Space Grey) and Champagne Gold (well, gold),” Gizmodo editor Carlos Renato said. And he concluded: “But we’re missing one key piece of information: the price. Surfaces and iPad Pros are great devices, but also expensive. If Huawei manages to come with a price that’s closer to a tablet than a laptop, we might have a winner. If not, the MateBook will be just another convertible. Interesting, but nothing new.” -----gizmodo.com
In a word, although MateBook has some disadvantages, it is worth to buy because of its reasonable price, lovable design, powerful processor, long-lasting battery, true-to-life colors and other features. To be specific, Huawei MateBook can show users more detail and clarity at a jaw-dropping 2160x1440 resolution because it features a 12-inch IPS multi-touch screen. And it comes with a 160° wide viewing angle, so users will be able to see their favorite content at almost any angle. Besides, MateBook is designed with simplicity in mind. This device is made of high-quality aluminum unibody that is both elegant and sophisticated. And, it is slim profile and weighs around 640g. Therefore, users can take it anywhere.
Two Necessary Tools for Huawei MateBook
I guess some users can’t wait to experience Huawei MateBook after seeing the above introduction. However, to help users perfectly run this 2-in-1 laptop with Windows 10, we’ll introduce two necessary tools.
MiniTool Partition Wizard – Free Windows 10 Partition Management Tool
Managing partitions is a piece of quite important work since it can keep computer or operating system running well. And, Windows 10 built-in disk management tool has some basic functions to help to manage partitions. However, unfortunately, this tool has some limitations. For instance, it can only change the size of NTFS partition. Here, we recommend users to use third-party partition software like MiniTool Partition Wizard. This tool provides some excellent features including Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard, Copy Disk Wizard, Move/Resize Partition, Extend Partition, Delete Partition, and so on to help to easily and quickly manage Windows 10 partitions. Next, we will show disk copy demo below to help users know more information about this tool.
Copy disk to backup all important data
The above window is the main interface of this professional yet free partition management tool. It lists all disks, partitions and some features. Here, users need to click the target disk and then select “Copy Disk” from the left pane.
Next, select the disk that will save the copy of the source disk as the target disk and then click “Next”. Note: the target disk should be large enough to hold all content on source disk, and users also need to backup all important data on this target disk in advance, because all its data will be deleted.
Choose a copying method to decide the layout of target disk and then click “Next”. There are 3 copying methods in total. If users choose the first one, all space on the target disk will be taken up. By using the second method, all partitions will be copied to target disk without changing their size. By choosing the third method, users are able to change partition size. Moreover, it is highly suggested that SSD and advanced format HDD users keep checking the option “Force to align partitions to 1MB”. After that, click “Finish” button to go back to the main interface, and then click “Apply” button on the top left corner to apply all pending operations.
See! We can easily backup data via MiniTool Partition Wizard. Therefore, if our data are lost, we can quickly get them back. However, what if there is no backup?
In this situation, we can turn to MiniTool’s another product.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery –Free Tool for Windows 10 Data Recovery
Windows 10 data loss caused by accidental deletion, partition formatting, computer virus invasion and other factors happens more and more frequently, according to a survey. In general, Windows 10 users don’t need to worry too much about data loss since they can recover them with MiniTool Power Data Recovery (PCWORLD, a professional IT magazine, speaks very highly of this data recovery software).
Five relatively independent data recovery modules are listed in the main window of this professional data recovery software. Here, users can select a suitable one according to actual needs to carry out Windows 10 data recovery.
There is no doubt that the PC market as a whole is on a downward trend. However, MateBook marks Chinese electronics giant Huawei’s first foray into the 2-in-1 segment. Richard Yu said: “to give Huawei a chance, and make us your choice. You will find that our products are really good”. And the Huawei MateBook will be available sometime this year.
Finally, we hope this post could be useful for those who are planning to purchase the new 2-in-1 laptop or interested in this topic. If you have any doubts about this Huawei's first-ever Windows device, please leave your comments below.