The Microsoft Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro now has more competition. Chinese firm Huawei has decided to pitch in its on offering for the laptop-tablet hybrid 2-in-1 market. Its entry is a 12-inch PC that more than sufficiently competes with Microsoft and Apple’s offerings.
During media day at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei revealed its new Matebook. The 2-in-1 comes with a high-resolution 12-inch display, a keyboard and a stylus. It runs on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system and is targeted mainly at business professionals.
“It’s a new era of mobility and connectivity for Business 3.0,” Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer electronics business, said at the presentation of the new device in Barcelona.
Local pricing and availability has not been announced yet, but Huawei has stated that the Matebook will cost about USD699 (approx. RM2,941) while the keyboard is priced around USD129 (approx. RM542). That makes it a total of about USD829 (approx. RM3,488), which is more affordable than the Microsoft Surface Book. The aggressive pricing is a clear indication that Huawei plans to tap into this particular market.