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Mobile World Congress, Huawei presents MateBook

2-in-1 hybrid with Windows 10, the MateBook has a keyboard and nib accessories to turn into a laptop designed to work

(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)

Barcelona – A new way of working. At the Mobile World Congress Huawei presented its first 2-in-1 hybrid: a bit of a tablet, a bit of a laptop, designed to work in mobility. First of all for its 4430 mAh battery that promises 9 hours of use. And then for the ecosystem of accessories it goes with it: the case (in eco-leather) that it contains keyboard and touchpad and the MatePen nib at 2048 pressure levels (twice those of the Surface, as many as the iPad Pro, which divided them evenly between tip and display).

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The screen of the MateBook IPS multi-touch 12-inch solution with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 and a wide viewing angle of up to 160 degrees. The ratio between size and breadth of the display of pride for Huawei: 84%, compared to 77% of the Surface Pro 4 and 76% of the iPad Pro. Thin as little as 6.9 mm (like the iPad), compared to the two most famous rivals, the MateBook also lighter (640 grams against the 713 of the iPad and the 766 of the Surface).

Today's launch is the right move in a market that sees i 2-in-1 growing steadily, while laptops lose share: according to Gartner and IDC research reported by Huawei, after a year-on-year growth of 70% in 2015, by 2019 the convertibles will occupy over a third of the portable market.

(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)

MateBook will be available inchampagne gold and space silver with prices starting from 799 euros for the version with 128 GB of memory and 4 GB of RAM, up to 1799 euros to have 512 GB memory and 8GB of RAM. The case with keyboard will have a price of 149 euros, the nib of 69 while MateDock will cost another 99.

(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)

MateDock is a portable case that includes space for the Apennine, wireless headsets and a hub that adds HDMI, VGA, ethernet and USB ports to the MateBook.

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