Since the ban in the United States, Huawei has shifted its focus to other consumer electronics segments such as wearables and laptops. The company’s big event in China today (Nov. 17) saw the launch of new smartwatches as well as the Huawei MateBook E, a brand-new convertible laptop. If you recall, this isn’t the brand’s first hybrid laptop. Back in 2016, one of Huawei’s first laptops, simply called the Huawei MateBook, was a 2-in-1 laptop. And portability is still one of the new MateBook E’s main selling points. Clearly, Huawei is attempting to enter a market dominated by Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro series.
Huawei MateBook E Style
The Huawei MateBook E is 7.9mm thick and weighs 709 grams, making it significantly lighter and more portable than traditional laptops. It has a 25601600 12.6-inch OLED display with a DCI-P3 color gamut of 100 percent, a 16:10 aspect ratio, and a brightness of 600 nits. The convertible notebook, like the MatePad Pro 12.6, has a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, resulting in very thin bezels on all four sides.
If you’re wondering how the MateBook E and MatePad Pro 12.6 differ, know that the basic design is nearly identical, but everything else, including the processor and software, is distinct. The MateBook E is more expensive and significantly more powerful than the MatePad Pro 12.6. Simply put, the MateBook E is a true 2-in-1 laptop, whereas the MatePad Pro 12.6 is a tablet with a keyboard attachment.
The Huawei MateBook E has a soft-touch finish on the back and two color options: Starry Blue and Nebula Grey. There are two keyboards available: one with a simple kickstand design and another full-sized keyboard with what Huawei refers to as a rail slide design (translated). The second keyboard accessory is only available with the i7 variants and includes a USB-C port as well as an adjustable backlight.
It’s also worth noting that the keyboard supports Huawei’s share feature via NFC (the area is around the touchpad). To connect to the laptop for multiscreen collaboration, simply tap your Huawei smartphone or tablet.
When you connect the MateBook E to the keyboard, it automatically enters laptop mode in Windows 11. Similarly, picking it up from the keyboard accessory toggles it into tablet mode.
The MateBook E also supports Huawei’s second-generation Huawei M-Pencil. The laptop, like its MatePads, supports magnetic pairing with the stylus and can charge it wirelessly!
Finally, for added security, the convertible laptop has a fingerprint-enabled power button on the side.
Huawei MateBook E Specifications
Despite its thin and portable design, the MateBook E is no slouch in terms of performance. On the top-end model, Intel’s 11th Generation Core i7 processor with Intel Iris X graphics is available. This is made possible by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. Of course, the convertible is also available in less expensive and less powerful configurations, such as the base model, which includes an 11th Gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The new 2-in-1 laptop has a Thunderbolt 4 interface that can connect to an 8K display and is Wi-Fi 6 compatible.
Huawei also claims that the Matebook E has 8 layers of heat dissipation design, a shark fin fan, and multiple air vents on the side to keep the device cool even under heavy load.
There’s an 8MP front-facing camera for video calls and a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. You also get four Huawei Sound-tuned speakers.
In terms of charging, it comes with a USB-C powered 65W charging adapter that charges the battery to approximately 54 percent in half an hour. A full charge takes about 90 minutes. The MateBook E has a 42Wh battery, and Huawei claims that it will last between 5-8 hours, depending on usage.
Price and Availability of the Huawei MateBook E
The Huawei MateBook E starts at 5999 yuan ($940) for the i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s worth noting that while all variants include the keyboard, the i7 top-end variant also includes the stylus.
The MateBook E is priced as follows:
- i5+8GB+256GB + keyboard: ¥5999 | $940
- i5+16GB+512GB + keyboard: ¥6999 | $1098
- i7+16GB+512GB + keyboard: ¥7999 | $1255
- i7+16GB+512GB + keyboard/stylus: ¥8699 | $1365
The MateBook E 2-in-1 convertible will be available in China beginning on December 1, 2021.