Huawei announced the Huawei MateBook E 2022 today, which is the first new MateBook in tablet form for years. It is launching in China first from $940 on December 3:
The new Huawei MateBook E 2022 is a 12.6-inch Windows 11 2-in-1 tablet with a slim and portable design, keeping in line with its heritage.
This Windows tablet has a lot of things going for it, including an OLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, up to 600 nits brightness, and digitizer support.
Then options of either an 11th gen Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor or a i7-1160G7 processor, with Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB/16GB LPDDR4x RAM, and 256GB/512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.
The MateBook designers have always understood functional design, so one thing that’s new now is that Huawei is introducing optional keyboard covers. Either a smart magnetic keyboard with the typical rear kickstand you can pull out, or a sliding keyboard that keeps the tablet upright, just like Apple’s iPad keyboards.
Both keyboards feature a large trackpad too. So those are good options.
The other aspects of the Huawei MateBook E 2022 are good too, as it’s equipped with both quad speakers as well as quad mics, Wi-Fi 6, support for the magnetically attachable Huawei M-Pencil, Bluetooth 5.1, a 42 Wh / 3665mAh battery, an 8MP front camera, a 13MP rear camera, a USB c port with Thunderbolt 4 and 65W charging, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a fingerprint reader in the power button.
Color options are black/grey and dark blue metallic. The weigh is pretty good for a tablet of this size, at 709 grams, with a thickness of 7.99mm. Due to the powerful processors, the Huawei MateBook E 2022 actually has fans on the inside to cool it down, which is why it would be hard to make it even slimmer.
Since Huawei’s new MateBook E features Intel processors and Windows 11, it should launch outside of China too eventually, even if Huawei haven’t announced those plans yet.
– Tom Bowen