• Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
  • Display: 12.0 inches (2,160x1,440)
  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel® Core m processor, dual core up to 3.1GHz
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB SSD
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Cons:
  • Lack of I/O ports
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 2,103 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 1,821 points
  • PCMaark 8 (Work): 1,938 points

The Travelling Work Mate

Huawei is a brand that is known to most for its smartphones, and in some cases networking products. At IFA in Berlin this year, they unveiled a brand-new product that it is attempting to get a share of: tablets. Introducing the Huawei Matebook.

Sporting a 12.0 inch TFT LCD display, the Huawei Matebook features a resolution of 2,160×1,440 pixels, and is powered by an Intel Core m processor, together with 8GBs of DDR3 RAM and an option for either 64, 128 or 512GBs of SSD storage space.

As far as I/O ports go, the Matebook’s thinness allows it to only have one solitary USB 3.0 Type-C port, which comes with a cable adapter to a Type-A port, in case you need to hook up a USB device to the Matebook.

The unfortunate bit about this is that the Matebook uses that same USB Type-C port to charge the device’s battery, meaning that if you’re thinking of doing work from an external storage device while charging the device, you’ll first have to transfer whatever files you have to the tablet first before charging, and vice versa. Depending on your workflow, this may or may not be a deal-breaker for you if you’re considering getting this device as a portable work machine.

Just by reading the specifications sheet on the device, the Matebook is on the anaemic side when it comes to features. You may also opt to purchase the Huawei Matebook’s dock, which comes with two additional USB Type-A ports one USB Type-C port, a VGA-out port and a HDMI port. If you’re looking for a card-reader, you’ll be out of luck as neither the tablet nor the dock has one.

Performance-wise, the Matebook is a great work companion to bring along with you as a mobile work machine. In our experience with using the device for assignments, we’ve had no problems with opening 5-6 tabs on Edge, all with a variety of content including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and such, while editing on Word to edit text files.

Besides the compute performance, the battery life of the Matebook is also another plus point. For a device that is equipped with an Intel m5 processor, we managed to squeeze out over six hours of battery life out of the tablet, making it a great travel companion that does not require a charging adapter to be brought around, even if it is just a plug connected to an adapter.

Our only other complaint is that the folio keyboard’s touchpad (which is an extra accessory) sensitivity switches from overly sensitive to unresponsive from time to time.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Huawei Matebook is a competent mobile workhorse, and has great battery life as well.

(previously published in issue November 2016)