Is the Huawei MateBook a Threat to Microsoft Surface Pro 5, iPad Pro?

Is the Huawei MateBook a Threat to Microsoft Surface Pro 5, iPad Pro?
Huawei MateBook Maurizio Pesce / Flickr cc

A look at the 2-in-1 hybrids these days will immediately point towards Microsoft’s patented Surface Pro line. The latest is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, but the Huawei MateBook could be a good alternative for techies.


The market has a lot of flexible and transformation ‘laplets’ these days led by the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro. Depending on use, the Surface Pro 4 is something ideal for the productive people over the iPad Pro.

But the Surface Pro 4 is not the only one in the market that runs on Windows 10. Huawei has the MateBook that runs on the OS well, not to mention a cheaper buy.

It could pass as a substitute for the Surface Pro 4 though all that may require folks to tone their expectations a bit, especially in the area of performance. It all depends on what model they will be getting.

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Battery and Performance Issues

The Huawei MateBook is something ideal for the entry-level folks who are trying out the 2-in-1 hybrids for the first time. It is recommended to the ones who want to see what the hype is all about but may eventually lead consumers to lean at more powerful specs.

The base model comes with features that include a dual-core Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal SSD storage. But as Mashable reports, folks who can shell out extra may want to go for the model with Intel Core m5 instead if they want satisfactory performance.

The battery for the Huawei MateBook is something that needs improvement. Though it is supposed to last to as much as 9 hours, the same report bares that it was only good for 3 to 4 hours.

Seeing how hybrids would need to be well-juiced on the go, this becomes a red flag. Turning off some features like WiFi or Bluetooth can help save on battery life but what is the essence of hybrids if these features are disabled?

Save now and wait?

Cheaper as the Huawei MateBook may seem, improvements are still needed. As mentioned earlier, it would be ideal for people who want to test it out. But if getting one is for keeps, opting for the Surface Pro 4 could be better.

Holding on until Microsoft Surface Pro 5?

Folks who can wait a bit longer may want to save off until the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is out. Word has it that the successor could be out by 2017.

Should it come out, it is expected to come armed with a Windows 10 Redstone 2 update and may be backed by an Intel 14 nm Kaby Lake processor.

Other possible specs include two display variants (2K and 4K), support for 16 GB of RAM and an improved Surface Pen running on AAA battery. If buyers can wait, the Surface Pro 5 could be a good buy. But the question is can you wait?

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