Huawei MateBook E

Huawei is back, with a 2017 MateBook E refresh! Here's a first look at the 2-in-1 tablet that's expected in July.

Nearly one year ago, Huawei jumped into the Windows 10 pool with its MateBook 2-in-1 tablet PC. The gorgeous device brought a premium and thin design that was seriously lacking in the tablet space.

In fact, in my 2016 MateBook in-depth review, I called it my favorite Windows 10 tablet partially due to the excellent display and unique keyboard folio cover. That's why I'm super excited that Huawei is refreshing the MateBook – now called MateBook E – for 2017, with some updated hardware and keyboard refinements.

Huawei MateBook E full tech specs

Category Specification
Display 12-inch IPS with touch
NTSC 85 percent color gamut
400 nits
Display Resolution 2160 x 1440 pixels, 216 pixels per inch (PPI)
Software Windows 10
Processor Seventh Gen Intel Core m3-7Y30
Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7Y54
Storage 128GB, 256GB or 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Memory 4GB or 8GB RAM
1866Mhz LPDDR3
Graphics Intel HD graphics 615
Front Camera 5.0MP camera
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One USB-C port for data synchronization and battery charging
3.5mm stereo headset jack
Network IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Battery Life 33.7Wh, estimated nine hours of use
Weight 640 g (1.41 lbs) without keyboard
1100 g (2.42 lbs) with keyboard
Dimensions 6.9 mm x 278.8 mm x 194.1 mm
Colors Champagne gold, and titanium gray
Folio Keyboard: Blue, brown, and pink

More MateBook E details

The biggest change is that the keyboard now has chicklet-style keys instead of the larger, adjacent ones, which makes typing easier.

There is also a Core m5 (Y-series), as well, in addition to the Core m3, and both are refreshed "Kaby Lake" processors.

Huawei MateBook E

As usual, Huawei is including the MateDock 2 and USB-C to USB-A cable in the box (in some markets), which lets the MateBook E turn into a more robust PC. There is also the optional MatePen with 2,048 levels of pressure.

Finally, that wonky keyboard folio has been reworked, as well, now offering a less floppy experience. The new hinge looks quite amusing, and it should make using the MateBook E in laptop mode much more enjoyable.

Look for the refreshed MateBook E to hit shelves in July. And like the newly announced MateBook X Premium Ultrabook, we plan to review this new 2 in 1 sometime in June. So stick around.