The Surface Pro line was the muse of all new 2-in-1 convertible tablet, but legends will never be equaled, no matter how many brilliant ideas are used in the production of other models that promise to be more revolutionary. Huawei has released MateBook to take on Surafce Pro 4’s dominance, but let’s see if it has any chance to beat its muse.
The MateBook measures 194x279x6.9 and it weights 640 grams. The Surface Pro 4 measures 201x292x8.5mm and it weights 766 grams (Intel Core M variant) or 786 grams (Intel Core i5/i7 variants). The MateBook has an aluminum design and relies on the keyboard cover to stand up, but it’s inferior as a laptop. The Surface Pro 4 has a beautiful body made of a magnesium alloy and it has a built-in kickstand. However, both hybrids offer a stylus for taking notes, especially in tablet mode, and Huawei’s MatePen really does a great job, but it’s sold separately. As for the keyboard cover, it limits this tablet to just two positions, while the Surface Pro 4 is comfortable to use in any position. The advantage of the MateBook is that is has a built-in fingerprint sensor, while to use this feature on the Surface Pro 4 you’ll need to buy the keyboard cover that includes a scanner.
The Huawei MateBook has a 12-inch display with a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels, while the Surface Pro 4 has a larger 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display with a higher resolution of 2736×1824 pixels. On top of Surface Pro 4’s screen you’ll find a camera which will scan your face and you’ll log into your device without needing to enter a password.
The MateBook is powered by a 3.1GHz dual-core sixth generation Intel Core fanless processor, which is backed by 4GB of RAM and has an internal memory of 128GB. The Surface Pro 4 offers many configuration options and three variants of processors: fanless m3-6Y30 clocked at 900 MHz, i5-6300U (clocked at 2.4GHz) and i7-6650U (cocked at 2.2GHz). These variants support from 4GB to 16GB of RAM and the storage variants are 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB.