Huawei announces MateBook E convertible notebook
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Huawei’s original MateBook was an ambitious device that brought the smartphone manufacturer into the world of Windows notebooks. Today, the Chinese telecom giant announced the next evolution in the MateBook lineup: the MateBook E.
The MateBook E is an improvement on the original MateBook. It takes design cues from its predecessor, which was similar to a Surface Pro device. The device consists of a 12-inch 2160x1440 touchscreen tablet that connects to a keyboard “folio” via magnetic pins. The MateBook E also brings Kaby Lake to the fold with either an Intel Core m3-7Y30 or Core i5-7Y54 CPU. Other options for the internals include:
- Intel HD Graphics 615
- Up to 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM
- Up to 512 GB PCIe SSD
- 802.11ac WiFi (2x2 MIMO)
- Bluetooth 4.1
- USB 3.0 Type-C
- Combo mic/audio jack
- Fingerprint scanner
The new folio keyboard now includes a variable hinge that allows users to position the screen at different angles with increased stability compared to the original MateBook. In addition, Huawei says the keyboard is now spill-resistant. Huawei also states that the 33.7 Wh battery is rated at 9 hours of video playback with the screen set to 50% brightness.
Pricing starts at €999 for a model with a Core m3, 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD. A fully loaded device (Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 SSD) will run €1299. Huawei expects to start shipping the device this summer.
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