The last time I physically attended MWC, in 2019, Huawei announced the beautiful Huawei Mate X 5G, and it looked like the start of an exciting year for Huawei. How things have changed three years later.
This year, there is no word on any mobile phones launching, but a focus on laptops and a tablet.
It is the MatePad Paper that is the most interesting of the announcements, this is a Harmony OS-powered tablet but with a greyscale E-ink display. While it only has 16 greyscale levels, it can adapt the image to give the effect of 256 shades, and it can use this to play smooth video.
The MatePad Paper is compatible with Huawei's M-Pencil, and handwritten notes will be converted to text.
Thanks to the e-ink display, the laptop has an incredible four-week standby time.
Huawei is a bit coy about what chipset they are running on the laptop, but it is stated as a hex-core chip, which will likely be some low-end Mediatek chip. You won't be running games on it so this is unlikely to be a concern.
This is expected to launch for €499
The new MateBook E is ideal for anyone that wants ultra-portability. This is a Windows 11 convertible with a 12.6-inch OLED display with 2560 x 1600px resolution.
It is powered by 11th Gen Intel i5 or i7 CPUs and has 8/16GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256/512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs. Annoyingly, like other ultraportables, there is just one USB-C port, but this is also Thunderbolt 4
There is an 8MP front-facing camera and a 13MP shooter around the back. The device is just 7.9mm thick and weighs 709 grams. It features a magnesium alloy frame and textured glass back.
The Huawei Matebook E 2-in-1 will start from €649 for an Intel i3 variant with 8/128 GB memory, while the i5 option with 8/256 GB is €999. Then the 16/512 GB versions come bundled with a Smart Magnetic Keyboard for €1,199 (Intel i5) or €1,399 (Intel i7).
Matebook X Pro 2022
Huawei also updated their Matebook X Pro for 2022. This has a 14.2-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with 3120 x 2080 px resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate and a 3:2 aspect ratio.
The top bezel is just 6mm thin and features an integrated HD webcam. The notebook features a metal build and weighs just 1.38kg. It's 15.5mm at its thickest point. Huawei also outfitted the laptop with a six-speaker setup.
This also uses 11gen chips, and you get 16GB LPDDR4x RAM and up to 1TB M2 SSD. The cooling system consists of three air intakes, dual shark fin fans and a VC heat dissipation module. I/O includes four USB-C ports (two USB 3.2) and a headphone jack. The laptop comes with a 90W GaN USB-C charger which weighs just 180 grams.
The price of the Matebook X Pro 2022 is €1,899.
Finally, something less portable. The Huawei MateStation X is an all in one PC with a 28.2-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with 3840 x 2560 pixel resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio and covers 98% of the P3 colour gamut. The device features a metal unibody design and brings a three speaker setup co-engineered with French audio firm Devialet.
MateStation X comes with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor alongside 16GB RAM and 1TB M.2 NVMe storage. I/O consists of two USB-C ports, two USB-A connectors and a headphone jack. You also get Wi-Fi 6 support. Huawei is bundling a wireless keyboard with a built-in fingerprint for authentication as well as a Bluetooth mouse. The software front is covered by Microsoft's Windows 11.
The Huawei MateStation X will cost €2,199 in Europe.