Huawei MateBook Review

Does the Huawei MateBook help evolve the two-in-one PC category or merely come off as a Surface knockoff? My review may convince you why the MateBook may be the must-have tablet for 2016.

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What makes a good Windows 10 two-in-one tablet hybrid laptop? If you ask consumers, you will get a wide variety of answers, but I can also guarantee you will get consensus on many items as well. Thin and light, with good battery life, beautiful display, and good looking design are the distinct requirements. But what about a thin bezel, fingerprint reader, and an excellent keyboard with a trackpad?

Huawei may be a new brand to those in the United States, but after the release of the MateBook, I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more from them — and for good reason. The MateBook is the first serious challenger to the Surface brand in quality, but this is not a clone. The MateBook can stand on its own as your go-to daily tablet and computer.

Huawei MateBook Specifications and Features

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CategoryHuawei MateBook
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
CPU6th Generation Intel Core m3, m5, m7
Display12-inch IPS TFT LCD
2160 x 1440 (QHD)
Storage128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD
RAM4GB or 8GB
Rear CameraNone
Front Camera5MP fixed focus
Windows HelloSingle touch fingerprint scanner
Dimensions10.97 x 7.64 x 0.27 in (278.8mm x 194.1mm x 6.9mm)
Weight1.41 lbs (640g)
Ports3.5mm headset jack, USB-C, Keyboard docking pins
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
Bluetooth 4.1
BatteryUp to 9 hours (claimed)
PenOptional Mate Pen, 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity
Laser pointer
OtherDolby Audio, optional keyboard cover with LED backlighting

Unboxing and hands-on video

All beauty — and brains

You cannot start talking about the Huawei MateBook without mentioning its design. Huawei is actively trying to break the stereotype that a Chinese firm cannot make premium, luxury hardware. Huawei is competing directly with Apple and Samsung for the high-end space in mobile and, now, computing. They brought their A game with the MateBook.

Featuring a metal unibody design that is just 6.9mm thin and weighing only 1.4 pounds (635 grams), it would be easy to mistake this tablet for something out of Apple's iPad labs. It's gorgeous, and mirrors the design language of Huawei's popular and well received P9 and Mate 8 Android smartphones.

Whether it is the curved and polished edges or the slightest gold hue on the back, the MateBook looks as good as it feels. While the MateBook makes an excellent PC with a keyboard, it is also something you will want to hold. Granted, a tablet that weighs 635 grams is not light by today's standards, but it is not terrible either.

Hardware – Display, fingerprints, and processor

One of the most important and contentious parts of a tablet is the screen: if you are going to stare at one all day, you better be happy with the whole package. Luckily, Huawei delivers with a stunning 12-inch 2160 x 1440 IPS display. It features an 85 percent sRGB color gamut and an impressive 84 percent body-to-screen ratio.

While it's not quite as spectacular and vibrant as the similar Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S with AMOLED, it holds its own amongst some of the best displays I have seen.

On the other hand, the screen's brightness is only okay, so you will struggle to use the machine in direct sun. Whites also veer a little towards the warm with an almost unnoticeable pink hue. I'm also a little surprised the MateBook doesn't use Corning Gorilla Glass.

The real hallmark of the MateBook's display, however, is the incredibly thin bezel. At just 0.5 inches (12.7mm) Huawei has finally delivered the minimalist and clean two-in-one tablet prosumers have been yearning for. While I have no complaints about Samsung's AMOLED display, its bezel falls closer to 0.9 inches making it seem gargantuan by comparison. Surprisingly, there are no issues with accidental screen activations when using the MateBook as a tablet.

The real hallmark of the MateBook's display, however, is the incredibly thin bezel

Perhaps one of the cleverer things Huawei did was put a fingerprint reader on the MateBook for Windows Hello and logging into the OS. The reader itself is slightly less than the 6.9mm width of the body and sits brilliantly between the volume rockers.

My favorite feature of the fingerprint reader is if the MateBook is in low-power standby, you can wake and unlock it just by placing your finger on the reader. And is it fast! When I touch the sensor, I can wake the MateBook from sleep and unlock in one second. It is so quick that if you blink you'll miss the visuals of the login screen. Huawei is known for making excellent fingerprint readers for their smartphones, and that know-how has been brought to their MateBook line. Since the fingerprint reader is in the body of the MateBook and not the (optional) keyboard, you get the full benefits of Microsoft's Windows Hello quick login in all modalities including when just using the device as a tablet.

Pure Windows 10 Home

Windows PCs tend to have a bad reputation for coming with bloatware, adware, and unnecessary antivirus demos. This issue is of less concern in 2016, but there are still bits and bobs that come on many PCs from Best Buy and even direct from Dell.

Microsoft has a solution to its unsavory reputation, and it's called Signature Edition. The term is just a fancy way of saying a pure Windows installation. No third-party software, no ads, nothing expiring, no customizations, and no unnecessary bloat. All PCs that Microsoft sells ship as Signature Editions whether they are from Lenovo, Dell, HP, or Acer, and it is one reason why I always recommend buying directly from Microsoft (opens in new tab).

Whereever you choose to buy the MateBook you will be getting a pure Windows 10 Home experience...a victory for consumers

The Huawei MateBook is being sold through the Microsoft store, so it is a Signature Edition. No surprises there. However, Huawei will also ship this tablet through Newegg, Amazon, and other online retailers, where the MateBook will be still be a Signature Edition. This decision marks one of the first times I recall seeing a device being sold outside of Microsoft's purview and not having trial software installed by the manufacturer. I consider that a small but significant victory for consumers, and I'm glad to see Huawei doing the right thing.

The bottom line: Where ever you choose to buy the MateBook you will be getting a straight Windows 10 Home experience. (If you want Windows 10 Pro and BitLocker support you will need to do an in-store upgrade for an extra $99.)

Intel Core M is here, and it's more than okay

Intel has its ups and downs with processors, and their Core M line did not get off to a good start back in 2014. The Core M sits in between the underpowered Atom and the standard Core i series of processors, but is also not cheap. Its reason for existence is to offer performance approaching the Core i-series but in fanless chassis designs. While the Broadwell Core M processors were so-so, the new Skylake variant is in another league.

The Huawei MateBook makes liberal use of the Skylake Core M processor as it comes in all three options including the Core m3, Core m5, and the high-end Core m7 with varying RAM and storage configurations, including:

  • Intel Core m3, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage - $699 in U.S.; $909 CAD
  • Intel Core m5, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage - $849 in U.S.; $1,099 CAD
  • Intel Core m5, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage - $999 in U.S; $1,299 CAD
  • Intel Core m5, with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage - $1,199 in U.S; $1,599 CAD
  • Intel Core m7, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage - $1,399 in U.S.; $1,819 CAD
  • Intel Core m7, with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage - $1,599 in U.S.; $2,079CAD

In this review, I am using the Core m5 version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage ($999). It should also be noted that only the variants with 256GB of storage and higher come with the white bezel versus the black one. At the time of this review, the Core m7 variants were not available for pre-order at the Microsoft Store.

Huawei does make one odd, but almost welcomed change: they keep the internal storage partitioned with a C and D drive. The C drive is just the Windows 10 Home operating system while D is the majority of storage meant for programs, photos, and documents. However, you need to set Windows default storage to the D drive manually otherwise you will run out of space on C in short order. Huawei also opts to use Samsung SATA Solid-State Drives in the MateBook, which are not the best performers on the market for write speeds, but everyone seems to use them. Despite that, I cannot say performance (read times) felt lackluster.

It should be obvious that those above prices are not cheap. Once again, Huawei is challenging Samsung and Apple in the premium hardware space. While these prices are not bargain basement, they are fair, since, in my opinion, the hardware stands up to the quality sniff test. I think it takes a lot of guts to walk into that market and charge those prices, but I think Huawei earned it with the MateBook.

Huawei MateBook

Giving consumers that level of hardware choice is another excellent move by Huawei. No one wants to be forced to settle for a particular configuration, and while there are no 16GB versions available, I think the choices here are more than adequate for that this device's intended audience.

The MateBook performs quite well with the Core m5. Apps that are part of the Universal Windows Platform and found in the Store are zippy with no stutters or delay. The suite of Office 2016 apps (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) all run buttery smooth, too, and playing full HD videos streaming on YouTube or Netflix is no problem for the Core m5.

Even playing some light games is not a problem for the MateBook. Sure, the Intel 515 graphics are not going to crush frame rates in Crysis 3, but you hopefully did not have that expectation anyway. The MateBook is a productivity tablet, not a gaming machine.

Still, my go-to gaming test is using Pinball FX2 for Windows 10 and loading up the Family Guy board. I was able to play with excellent frame rate with details at high but antialiasing (AA) turned off. The experience was supremely enjoyable. Enabling AA to x2 resulted in a better-looking game, but there was a clear performance impact as frame rate dropped. Still definitely playable, but not ideal with antialiasing enabled. Killer Instinct with graphics turned down is playable, although the frame rate does slow down significantly on the Core m5 making it passable but not preferred. Overall, the MateBook is better for casual gaming rather than anything intense.

Under heavy load the MateBook would get warm on the upper back, but never hot or uncomfortable. Since there is no fan, there is, of course, no noise to report.

Sound and Camera

The MateBook ships with two tiny speakers placed on the top edge of the tablet. While front-facing speakers are always preferred, the speakers are better than average. In fact, they are much louder than you would expect, and I find myself keeping the MateBook leveled at about 20 percent system volume most of the time. Putting the MateBook up to 40 or 60 percent borders on uncomfortable for loudness, yet there is no noticeable distortion.

Huawei worked closely with Intel on the MateBook, and they are using Dolby Audio to manage the sound. Dolby Audio includes numerous presets for Movie, Music, Gaming, and Custom along with a full equalizer, audio leveling, and voice isolation.

While the MateBook lacks a secondary rear camera (unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S and Surface Pro 4) it does make up for that by including a fantastic, but fixed focus, 5MP front-facing camera perfect for Skype and teleconferencing. I felt the image quality edged out the Surface Pro 4 in everyday usage.

Battery and charging

The MateBook ships with a 4430mAh battery that can be fully juiced in 2.5 hours using a USB Type-C connector and Quick Charge. Huawei puts the battery life estimate for the MateBook at nine hours and, as usual, that is being extremely generous. I pushed the tablet to around 5 to 6 hours with normal web use on Wi-Fi with no attempts to conserve the battery. Watching the screen brightness, and using Opera browser with battery saver, and the MateBook could likely push 7 hours and more if you put on the Windows Battery Saver.

I pushed the tablet to around 6 hours with normal web use on Wi-Fi

Although that number falls well short of Huawei's numbers, it is in line with what most Skylake laptops are getting, and to be honest, I found the experience satisfactory. Considering the MateBook is as thin as some smartphones, weighing just 1.4 pounds, and sports a QHD display, I cannot complain about its battery life, which is better than the Surface Pro 4. Still, if you are expecting nine hours of unfettered usage you will likely be slightly disappointed. The MateBook picks up five to six percent battery for every ten minutes of charging until it starts to trickle near the end.

I think most people will find the battery life versus performance balance on the MateBook reasonable, but you will have to charge it at the end of the day. At least with Quick Charge you can tack on 15 percent of battery life in 30 minutes.

Huawei ships the MateBook with a preferred flat ribbon-style USB Type-C cable. Type-C cables do much more than Type-B cables, so they tend to be rather thick. Making it a flat ribbon style makes using the charger slightly more convenient for travel.

Keyboard not included, but you'll want it

One of the areas where I could potentially ding the MateBook is the nickel-and-diming to get it to the full experience. Pen? Extra. Keyboard and portfolio? More money, please. Dock? That's an extra $90. All of this quickly drives up the price of the MateBook, but here's the rub: it may be worth it.

The MateBook Portfolio Keyboard retails for an extra $129 and comes in two colors for its leather bound cover: light brown, or dark black. The keyboard features backlighting with an ambient sensor (so it turns on only when there is insufficient light) and sports 1.5mm of key travel. That amount of travel is higher than most 15-inch laptops that average just 1.3mm. It's absurd, frankly.

...almost everyone who I let try the keyboard came away impressed

Here is what I can say about the Portfolio Keyboard: The key travel is borderline too high, which is an odd complaint. I don't have any laptops that have this much key movement, and we live in a world where people are putting up with 1.2 mm of travel for everyday typing, (the Apple MacBook (2016) has just 0.5 millimeters!). However, more is not always better, and I did find the keys a little on the mushy side. The keys are also close together and are similar to the Surface Pro 3's keyboard rather than the much-improved Surface Pro 4's (who smartly put spaces in between the keys).

Huawei MateBook trackpad

Having said that, almost everyone who I let try the keyboard came away impressed at how good it felt. The MateBook Portfolio Keyboard errs on the side of almost being too good and simply takes some time to get used to, but overall it is a solid experience for typing.

The keyboard backlight is decent with white light coming from the sides of off-white keys. It can make things difficult at times when there is some light in the room.

...The trackpad is enormous and supremely satisfying to use...one of the best

The Portfolio also doubles as protection wrapping around the MateBook in a moleskin-like cover. Its design has a few advantages. For one, it wraps around the MateBook with a magnetic flap sealing like an envelope. It stays secure too. This design is a marked difference from the Surface Pro series and even Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S, which merely cover the display and can flop open (Samsung uses magnets to keep it closed, however). Because of the extra Portfolio length, it has a longer base than other tablets, and it gains you significantly more room for your palms and a larger trackpad.

Regarding the trackpad, it's enormous and supremely satisfying to use. Whereas people complain about even the Surface Pro 4's improved trackpad, the MateBook is easily the top of its category for any PC tablet, bar none. It has a smooth, glass texture and is a Precision class trackpad. Frankly, it is one of the best trackpads I have used on any device to date.

Huawei MateBook Portfolio

The real hiccup to the MateBook Portfolio Keyboard is how it holds the device in position. There are only two angles, which are achieved by using magnets in the flap. The keyboard is connected via pogo pins on the bottom (so no Bluetooth). It works, but it is not nearly as nice as the Surface and its adjustable kickstand. Yes, you can use it on your lap (I do so on the couch all the time), but this kind of setup is more ideal for tabletops and desks.

I can't knock the MateBook's Portfolio and keyboard too much. It delivers a very elegant and professional looking tablet that you will want others to see. It can be a bit floppy, but you have to know that going in with this kind of design – there are always tradeoffs. I was more than okay with the experience especially since you are gaining a slim, light, and excellent looking setup. It's ideal for desks and tables, less so for the lap or when commuting.

The MatePen is mightier than...

Many companies have tried to create digital pens including Microsoft for their Surface line. For $59 Huawei will sell you their rechargeable MatePen and if you like to take notes, draw, or diagram it is something you will certainly want to purchase.

The MatePen features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, which is double that of the new Surface Pen at 1,024 levels. That in and of itself is a rather big deal, but there are a few other areas in which the MatePen is different:

  • It's rechargeable (micro-USB) with a claimed 100 hours of use per charge.
  • It has a laser pointer instead of a top button/eraser.

The laser pointer is a clear nod to the target enterprise market for this device (or perhaps cat lovers). It works well, and there is not much to say on the matter. The MatePen also features two side buttons like the Surface Pen that can be configured. To recharge the MatePen you pull the laser pointer end off and use the included micro USB adapter. There is a small LED that glows orange when charging, green when complete.

I don't consider myself a heavy stylus user, but I really enjoy using the MatePen.

The MatePen is also slightly thicker than the Surface Pen and not as dense feeling. The middle section is a white and textured, giving a nice break from the aluminum body.

I don't consider myself a heavy stylus user, but I enjoy using the MatePen. It felt great to use, and the precision seemed right to me. Charging it is a bit awkward as not only do you have to pull it apart, but also use a cable adapter to use the MateBook's charger. Luckily, you don't need to charge it very often, and so while it can be clumsy, I think it's forgivable. Even the pen tip is replaceable in case you wear it out, and Huawei includes an extra in the box.

MateDock is a worthy accessory

To get the MateBook just to weigh 1.4 pounds while also having a razor thin bezel Huawei had to make cuts and one of those is multiple ports. The MateBook has one single USB Type-C port. Luckily, it's a full Thunderbolt one so it can handle double and triple duty with the right accessory.

Huawei is selling the MateDock as an $89 add-on and while not cheap it is one you will want to consider. The dock expands the MateBook's capabilities with two USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, HDMI out, and a VGA port. It also comes in a nicely wrapped leather case that matches the keyboard folio. Once again, Huawei paid attention to the small things like making the MateDock magnetic so that the hub just sticks to the case. There is also space for the included micro-USB to full USB Type-B adapter and the adapter cable along with a slot for the MatePen. The Type-C cable sticks awkwardly out, but it not a big deal.

What I like most about these accessories is Huawei clearly put thought into them and don't feel like they are bolted-on, but rather part of a system. While carrying around dongles and adapters is never preferred, the tradeoff – a super light, thin, and good looking tablet – is well worth it for some people.

Who should buy a MateBook?

Putting aside the rather high price for the mid-range version of the MateBook the device is perfect for students and those in business who need a light, portable PC with robust battery life and is an overall joy to use.

If you have some extra money laying around the MateBook also makes an excellent companion device for when you are on the go and want something light to take with you. Writers, artists, and business types will have a blast with the MateBook.

Gamers, developers who need to compile apps or video editors who want to render 4K video would be better served with something else in the Intel Core-i range like my current heavy-hitter, the Dell XPS 15. While Core M is impressive for Office, Windows Store apps, light gaming, and some Photoshop, it will struggle with much more than that.

The bottom line

I can enthusiastically give the Huawei MateBook a highly recommended rating. Considering this is Huawei's first attempt at a classy two-in-one Windows 10 PC they got so much right out the gate. Knowing what readers of this site look for I can break down the main advantages of this PC over others on the market:

  • Thin bezel – people go crazy for near-bezel-less designs, and the MateBook delivers
  • Impossibly thin and light – At 6.9mm thin the MateBook will make your phone look chunky
  • Gorgeous design – The MateBook is professional, elegant looking, and will turn heads
  • Great accessories – Between the hub, the portfolio case and keyboard, and pen, Huawei will sell you the complete experience with no corners cut
  • Plenty of power – With decent battery life and a fanless Core M the MateBook is the ideal tablet for light computing
  • Signature Edition – Forget bloatware, you are getting just a straight Windows 10 Home experience

I also did not experience any glitches, failures, or oddities. It was a 100 percent smooth ride even after installing Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Insider Fast Ring).

Huawei MateBook MateDock

Are there any negatives? It's hard to ding the MateBook for much since it gets so much right and does it with style, but here are a few downsides to consider:

  • No expandable storage through micro SD
  • No rear camera
  • No LTE option
  • No NFC
  • A single port that forces you to get a hub
  • Expensive and multiple accessory purchases

If the MateBook weren't so gorgeous, it would be easier to hold those faults against it. But Huawei made a decision here to go for thin, light, and powerful with an above-average display. While there are tradeoffs, I think these were the right ones for the majority of people who would consider buying this tablet.

The Windows world has been waiting for a high-end and elegant tablet for years that could challenge Apple's iPad line. Not in productivity (PCs always tend to win there), but in unique style and design that will garner envy from others. Apple's iPad may get better battery life, but this MateBook is the only tablet and PC you would need to carry giving it a substantial advantage. The MateBook is an impressive entry by Huawei into the growing convertible category and is certainly worthy of your attention.

All in all, the Huawei Matebook for 2016 could very well be the best Windows 10 tablet and PC experience to date but there are sacrifices. Whether it is better than a Surface depends on which you value more (design or performance), but make no mistake the MateBook is now firmly at the top of this category.

Pros:

  • Outstanding, premium design
  • Thin bezel, better-than-average display
  • Good typing experience, great trackpad
  • Quality accessories available
  • Great performance vs. design trade-offs
  • Surprisingly loud speakers
  • Many hardware variations and price points available

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Need to buy keyboard, cover, pen and dock separately
  • Display could be brighter
  • Only one port
  • Storage is non-expandable
  • No rear camera for forthcoming Office Lens app
  • Keyboard/display is not very sturdy

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The Huawei Matebook will be available starting July 11, 2016 from various retailers including the Microsoft Store, Amazon, and NewEgg. Microsoft is currently offering a 40% discount off a MatePen and MateBook keyboard combo ($100, savings of $88), and Office ($49 vs. $69) when pre-purchased with a MateBook.

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, 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 for some reason, watches. 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.

45 Comments
  • For some reason, I still prefer the surface design, atleast from the looks...this might feel better and more premium when you hold it, but for me something's off in this design, maybe the form factor but I just can't put a finger on what it is
  • Surface Pro 3, 4 and Surface Book may be better than this Huawei device, but Surface 3 is much less powerful than the starter huawei model. I read Microsoft will discontinue Surface 3, people don't want a mobile CPU on a 2 in 1, they want a good CPU like Intel Core M, that is fanless and has same performance than a 4th generation Intel Core i3 desktop chip Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • surface 3 on redstone is pretty good!
  • One of the "dings" here is no LTE option, but this is also a ding on the Surface (pro models).  What is the best detachable, "laptop-replacement" tablet with built in LTE?  Tablet X1?  I simply can't go back to a computer without it...phone tethering is just not the same.
  • Lenovo X1 would really be the only option here for LTE.
  • By any chance do you guys have your mitts on one?  If so, how is it?
     
  • We don't but will look into it.
  • I too would like to see a review of the X1 tablet with LTE! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • There's a version of the Samsung TabPro S that has LTE but not available in the US.
  • This is a great 2 in 1, Huawei had a bad relationship with Windows Mobile, but for desktop they choose Windows 10 instead of Chrome OS or Android, Is good to see Google is far behind Microsoft on desktop technology. Linux is probably never going to compete with Windows for productivity. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • eGPU support? Should be
  • I was actually curious about it too if it works even partially. I bet it won't but who knows. External GPU should be really a thing on devices with Type-C Thunderbolt connection. This would give solution to anemic GPU capabilities of ultrabooks and Windows tablets. If nobody will, I wish Microsoft would push it as a standard.
  • It's less up to MS and more up to companies like Razer (or Asus) to push drivers/info on their eGPU units. They can work and do work (with varying success) with other Type-C systems, but it does require some changes in the firmware on the main device. An eGPU could work here but it is likely unstable like on all other non-Razer systems. That may change later but I would not buy this with the assumption you can use one.
  • Sorry, what I actually meant for Microsoft to do some push is to have a eGPU Surface accessory for their Surface PC's but also being open for other OEM to make it compatible for their own PC if they wish to (with some encouragement from MS too). This I wish that even MS would partner up with major OEMs to help this become a thing. If there is a company that I think can make this a standard, imo I think MS can make a tremendous help. The eGPU concept isn't even entirely new (though I was informed about this and I current forgot some older eGPU hardwares aside from proprietary Alienware) , but thanks to Razer on making it more popular and making more people aware of that possibility. It was even a perfect timing with Type-C connector which is going to be a mainstream standard in the near future.
  • Strange that with all this thought and specs, the dock uses USB 2 ports. 
  • They are 3.0.
  • looks too apple/samsung. I LOVE my SP4. i like the edges!
  • Definitely looking forward to seeing this in person at the Microsoft store. I know people here are going to complain, but I appreciate the VGA port and lots of folks in the corporate world will too. I work for a global analytics company with >50k people that serves most of the world's largest packaged goods companies- and in the last two years I've been to dozens of our own and clients' offices, and every one of them has row after row of VGA monitors- thousands of 19" 1280x1024 Dell monitors. Many of the conference rooms and portable projectors also use VGA. These things last forever and businesses have little reason to throw out perfectly good equipment. Posted from my Nexus 5X
  • Agreed when I travel to other offices and clients offices they all have vga.  But I also have seen a lot of people who purchase the machines for the workforce go with business class laptops that include vga.
  • You mean on the MateDock? I thought SP4, TabPro S and similar all provide VGA adaptors. All these docks and adapters should be interchangeable between machines with USB Type-C anyway. My personal preference would be at least one DisplayPort. DisplayPort can be cheaply converted to VGA and HDMI if required, reverse isn't possible without expensive active convertors.
  • This gets a lot of the stuff right, and it's not insanely expensive too. This is clearly much more useful than an iPad pro and can replace the Macbook air for those who need a light machine for on the go productivity to supplement a more powerful machine at home or work. I'm not sure about the battery life (relying on just what the Verge says is stupid), but it should last your daily commute and a bit more. And I have a question. What happens if you connect the full size USB of the charging cable to another PC? Does it show up as a removable drive? That would be weird, but awesome
  • What happens if you connect the full size USB of the charging cable to another PC? Does it show up as a removable drive? That would be weird, but awesome
    Nothing happens, both PCs kind of cancel each other out.
  • Thanks for the info!
  • This device is really good in every way, the only downside really here is the battery life which rather okay but it could be better specially for a portable device. Well knowing how Huawei actually really capable of improving their products on next release, hopefully together with more efficient CPU and software (when Windows 10 gets more efficient especially), they could solve that next time. Battery life is really a challenge especially when they're aiming for thin and light with Windows, it doesn't run mobile OS after all so it's relatively have good battery life for PC OS especially with this thin and light hardware.
  • Come on Microsoft!!! Release the damn Surface 4 with USB C, Fast Charging and continuous kick stand, 4GB RAM, 64GB for $499. I will gladly buy one. I like the Surface form factor much better than this. I need a rear camera as well for my Skype. I need expandable memory and atleast one regular USB 3.0 Panos mentioned yesterday he reads every tweet and every feedback. Hi Panos, please give us Surface 4.  4GB/064GB - $499 4GB/128GB - $599 4GB/256GB - $749 Keyboard in various colors with finger print reader for Win Hello - $99. I wish i can dream..
  • hahah, you are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to cheap :) a not well known made in china brand like CUBE offers 4GB ram / M3 + 128GB SSD / 12inch tablet for 450USD (no HW or SW support).... but you want from Microsoft (well known company + SW nad HW support) to sell they A++ units from 499USD? Dream.
  • The problem here is the CPU. If it's just another Atom, performance will continue to be horrible, but your prices could happen. If you go with the much better Core M, performance will be much better but your prices are impossible as the CPU alone is $281 for a Core m3. Here is what you need to remember: Microsoft is not here to make you bargain basement PCs at an unbeatable price. That is not going to happen with the Surface line. It's premium, not the dollar store.
  • Hi Daniel, performance of Surface 3 is accepted for its intended audience. Intel Atom should be fine for most casual tasks, web, email, social media, youtube and tablet gaming and light productivty. We get good battery life with Atom's. if you want performance you need to look elsewhere. We need next iteration of this device with 2016 standards.  And speaking of devices, we have gained good traction with Windows 10. And MS should deliver a niche Surface 4 with AU update (with no major issues) and may be next year they can leave this space to OEM's. Similarly, with phone they need to deliver a good low end and mid range phones available in most countries with the AU update. There are not many OEM's coming to phone yet and people are leaving to other platforms left and right for lack of choices. Next year they can leave the low and mid range phone segments to OEM's. Not this year. 
  • Hi Daniel... I always wondered why the low powered windows tablets price are higher than their counterparts. 281$ for core m3 makes me cry. I want a tablet powered by core m3 with price below 500$. I really hope Intel will make processors cheaper in near future......
  • I think Surface is a Premium divice with a Superpremium price. Superpremium because it has to be priced higher than Premium devices that will be made buy OEMs. MS can not cmpete directly with their OEMs, if the wan them to continue innovating.
  • OTOH you have a hard time to find something at clearly lower prices than a Surface, which has the same functionality, power, memory and accessories. (I don't speak about build quality, just functionality).
  • I've said it before and will say it again: battery tech is evolving wayyy to slow in my opinion. It's 2016 and we still get 6 hrs max out of a tablet? And this while CPU's get more power efficient! What the hell. I have the feeling every component has a (rapid) tech evolution but the battery. Battery tech should evolve also, but as it seems, that stands somewhat still... We get rapid charging, whooptidoo, but I want to last at least 10 hrs without any charging.  But I guess that's still too much to ask in this time 'n age.
  • I agree. But what can you (or what can I) do about it? The currently used battery technologies are already pushed to their limits, and the new ones are still way too expensive and/or unstable / experimental to implement them in devices like this, or smartphones, or etc...
    There's only one way to increase battery life at the moment, and it's simply putting a bigger battery in the devices. But it would mean, that those devices would be not so thin as this for example. And although I could live with a device, that's twice as thick as this one, if it would improve the battery life, but many people would complain about it, and simply don't buy the product.
  • is it just me or has everyone abandoned making any affordable windows tablets?
  • Look at the tablets made by Chuwi ;)
  • Type C is nice. One port is not. That's not something anyone should be copying on Apple. An interesting attempt, and I suspect the competition is more witht he Surface 3 (and next year's Surface 4) than the Pro line, but I think I prefer the Surface Pro 4 in almost every way.
  • Are you sure this has Thunderbolt? There's no mention of it on Huawei's website. I think it's USB 3.0 (or 3.1 Gen 1) only so that's disappointing. Enjoyed your review but other reviews are very critical of the keyboard and trackpad. It's annoying when different people seem to have different experiences on the basic things. The display also struggles under direct light which is not good for a portable device! Battery life is much better on the Samsung TabPro S that also has GPS which may come in handy. Disappointed by the dock; no audio ports and no DisplayPort. You shouldn't have to use yet another adapter for a modern port. That should be the price you pay for using legacy ports such as VGA. Also, the Samsung TabPro S is $799 inc. keyboard at the Microsoft store. That's actually cheaper than the equivalent Matebook if you take into account the keyboard. I was waiting for the Matebook instead of purchasing the TabPro S due to the configuration options (specifically needed 8GB ram) but now I'm not so sure. I think it may be better to wait for the Asus Transformer 3 that, on paper, seems better in every way although I don't like the fact that it is larger and that horrid Asus logo on the front and shiny metal back.
  • Why is the article not viewable on the app? Is there an update planned for this?
  • How does the performance of the cheapest model compare to Surface 3?
  • Night day favoring the MateBook. Core m3 is on a different level compared to Atom.
  • You are so right!! The Core M3 beats the 8.0 inch Bay Trail Atom tablet I have - hands down. Its super-responsive and almost as efficient battery-wise. Have you had any problems since installing the Anniversary update on it? It seems to have disabled Auto-rotate on mine and Sensor List can't detect any of the movement sensors.
  • I prefer the KB Pen and Dock being priced seperatly. If you use the pen for drawing and CAD work the keyboard is in the way; a bluetooth KB is more conveient.
  • Interesting. Another site had a disastrous experience with the keyboard and touchpad. Guessing they must have gotten a bad keyboard cover and didn't try getting a replacement. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Anyone bought one and care to share their experience on battery life? It's not available yet where I live. Most other reviews say battery life is pretty bad. On average TabPro S gets around 8 hours, SP4 m3 around 6 hours, Matebook around 4-5 hours.
  • Hey Daniel have you installed the 1607 Anniversary update on your MateBook? Does auto-rotate still work?