BARCELONA, Spain—Where Microsoft's Surface is all about sharp edges and a monolithic look, Huawei's new MateBook—a convertible tablet powered by Intel's Core m processors—is a far more svelte affair. And make no mistake, Huawei is going after Microsoft's premium hardware with the Windows 10 MateBook, as evidenced by the numerous comparisons the company made between the two devices during its MWC press conference.
The good news for Huawei is that its new hardware is more than good enough to take on the Surface. In some ways, it's actually better. The MateBook's slender 6.9mm profile makes it the same thickness as Apple's iPad Pro, while its 640 gram weight makes it lighter than both the the iPad Pro and the Surface. The soft, curved edges also make it much more comfortable to hold, while the all-metal unibody chassis with its sharp chamfered buttons gives it a premium feel. Huawei's been knocking it out of the park of late when it comes to hardware design and construction, thanks in part to devices like the Nexus 6P and Mate S, and the MateBook is no exception.
That extends to the lovely 12-inch IPS LCD that sports a sharp resolution of 2160x1440 pixels, 400 nits of brightness, and covers 85 percent NTSC colour gamut. While I couldn't test Huawei's colour gamut or brightness claims here on the show floor, I can say that the screen is very nice indeed, and easily as good as anything Apple or Microsoft has to offer. Even better is that the MateBook's screen has a far slimmer bezel than both at just 10mm. That helps reduce the overall size, and helps keeps the tablet from feeling unweildly. Indeed, it felt just as comfortable to hold as Apple's iPad Air, which sports a smaller 9.7-inch screen.