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
|12-inch IPS with touch
NTSC 85 percent color gamut
|2160 x 1440 pixels, 216 pixels per inch (PPI)
|Seventh Gen Intel Core m3-7Y30
Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7Y54
|128GB, 256GB or 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
|4GB or 8GB RAM
|Intel HD graphics 615
|Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
|One USB-C port for data synchronization and battery charging
3.5mm stereo headset jack
|IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
|33.7Wh, estimated nine hours of use
|640 g (1.41 lbs) without keyboard
1100 g (2.42 lbs) with keyboard
|6.9 mm x 278.8 mm x 194.1 mm
|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.
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.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.