Huawei MateBook E – aka Huawei MateBook 2 – A New Ultra Mobile 12-Inch Windows 10 2-In-1 Tablet Unveiled

Huawei announced the predecessor to the Huawei MateBook Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet today, and it’s now called the Huawe MateBook E. The name change comes because of the expansion of the Huawei MateBook family, which was extended today from one tablet to one tablet and two laptops. The laptops are the 13-inch MateBook X, and the 15.6-inch MateBook D.

The exact release date for the new Huawei MateBook E haven’t been disclosed yet, other than Huawei stating that it “will begin shipping over the summer.” The entry level price in Euro is €999. Last year, the predecessor was launched for 100 less in US Dollar than in Euro, so I’m hoping that’s case this year too.

Huawei MateBook E is in the ultra-mobile Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet segment, where it competes with the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 that was released two days ago.

Huawei MateBook E
Huawei MateBook E

There are 3 Huawei MateBook E models to chose from, both with 7th gen. Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors. The entry level model is the Intel Core m3 (7Y30) powered model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage for €999. The second option is the Intel Core i5 (7Y54) powered model, with 4GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage for €1199. And finally, the third option is the Intel Core i5 powered model, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage for €1299.

Huawei MateBook E is largely unchanged from last year, which is a good thing by the way. What has been changed is the upgrade to the latest Intel Core processors, and a reworked folio cover with less pogo pins. This new keyboard cover is less complicated than before, and looks more similar to the built-in kickstand usually found on devices in this category. But it’s still a folio keyboard cover, it’s just that it is now adjustable to 160 degrees and is available more colors, with these being blue, brown and pink. It also has Dolby Audio Premium speakers now.

All the other specs, inside and out, are just like before. Which means, a 6.9 mm thin tablet featuring a 12-inch screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution, 400 nits brightness, and 85% color gamut. 2×2 dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.1, a 9 hour battery life from a 4430 mAh battery pack, a 5MP front camera, fingerprint reader, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and a hall sensor.

And it has a USB Type-C port too. The predecessor was very much built to be used with a digitizer, and so is the new Huawei MateBook E. The optional MatePen has support for 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Huawei MateBook E color options are titanium grey or champagne gold, on a tablet with an aluminum body.

– Tom Bowen