MateBook first wave
First launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2016, the very first MateBook was a hybrid tablet design, with a 12-inch QuadHD display and a detachable keyboard.
It was a Windows tablet at its heart, but with a detachable keyboard, a MatePen stylus (which was also a laser pointer), and some surprising bells and whistles – including the responsive fingerprint scanner to instantly log you in. to Windows – it caught a lot of eyes when it first appeared.
In 2017, Huawei updated the MateBook on three new models. The MateBook E was like a bridge between the original MateBook and the future laptop. Another hybrid, it polished the MateBook style, with the removable leather-trimmed keyboard having a more serious level of finish and detail.
The flagship era
The flagship MateBook arrived with the MateBook X, which brought a high-quality QuadHD display and a well-polished aluminum body. It was a head spin in the Windows 10 space and the build quality held up very well under scrutiny.
Alongside the X, the MateBook D offered an affordable work tool with a larger 15.6-inch display, ensuring there could be a MateBook for all your needs. It has also focused on offering a wide range of connectivity options for those who don’t want to need dongles to connect to other devices.
In 2018, the MateBook X stepped up further with the MateBook X Pro. The screen-to-body ratio has improved, giving us a thin bezel on a dark gray laptop body as well as a very slim overall design to make it a standout product in the Ultrabook category. The design also meant that we were getting a 13.9-inch screen in the space of a typical 13-inch form factor.
With the latest updates, the MateBook X has grown into an ultra thin, ultra light laptop with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processors, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 90% Infinite FullView display.
The MateBook D series has moved on as well, with 15in and 14in variants, along with a new MateBook 13 (no letter) to cover any size you could ask for.
Defined by connectivity
The latest editions of the MateBook series have added a lot of premium features. We have Dolby Atmos and fingerprint sensors across the line, showing little compromise no matter which device you choose.
But the biggest features now focus on the constant relationship between our smartphones and our laptops. As Huawei has developed its mobile prowess, features like Huawei Share have become industry leading with the depth with which it intertwines the two devices to make them both more powerful.
Huawei Share provides the ability to share your laptop screen live on your compatible smartphone and record the video stream. It allows you to use the same phone as a webcam on the laptop. It allows you to easily share photos from your smartphone, as well as take full control of your smartphone right on your desktop.
The seamless connectivity features are a great reminder that our laptops haven’t been replaced by smartphones at all, but they get a lot more powerful when they work closely together.
The Huawei MateBook has carved out a strong position in the laptop market and looks set to maintain a strong claim in the category as we move into the new decade.