Huawei gets serious in the office with new range of Smart Office products, including an E Ink MatePad
Huawei has already announced new smartphones and wearables, but at MWC today it chose to talk of its new range of smart office products.
Some of the following products have already been announced, or are even on sale, in China but the company has now come up with list of things that will be coming to a global market.
In addition, the company also announced some software updates for existing products, like enhancements to its Super Device data sharing service, coming soon to all Harmony OS and EMUI 12 devices, as well as news for MateBook users running Windows 10, who will soon be able to run Android apps, via the AppGallery, meaning it is no longer a feature exclusive to Windows 11 users.
MateBook X Pro (New)
First up is the new MateBook X Pro, with a 14.2-inch 90Hz 3120×2080 display with 6mm bezel, a 5.4mm edge at the slimmest side of the case (15.5mm at thickest), weighing 1.38Kg, and powered by an Intel Core i7 with 30W TDP.
Free Touch Creative Gestures, taken from the smartphone industry, allows more control from the touchpad – including swiping up and down on the left-hand side for screen brightness, up/down on the right for volume, and a tap of the knuckles for a screen capture.
The MateBook X Pro (2022) also has immersive spatial sound, with 6 speakers, a back-to-back design and sound field reconstruction technology.
Also, the new laptop has 90W SuperCharge (giving three hours of usage from a 15 minute charge) and 50W SuperCharge for mobile.
MateBook E (New)
The latest MateBook tablet is a 4th-gen detachable PC, measuring 7.9mm thin and weighing 709g.
It comes with a large 12.6-inch OLED display with 600nits brightness, as well as an 11th Gen Intel Core processor, Thunderbolt 4, fingerprint power button, 65W fast charging, the same new finger gestures, support for M-Pencil 2nd-gen (2ms latency), plus support for the new Smart Magnetic Keyboard.
The keyboard is a full-size accessory, with 1.3mm key travel and 110-160 degree stepless adjustment.
Huawei also launched the new Glide Keyboard, making for a true-laptop experience by giving a solid, stable, structure that can be held steady with one-hand, and actually used on a lap. The keyboard also has backlighting.
This AMD Ryzen 5000H powered All-in-One PC is quite the looker, with a large 28.2-inch 500nit touchscreen display (3840×2560, 3:2 ratio) and tiny bezels (8.5mm top/left/right and 11.8mm bottom).
The near invisible interface at the rear hides 2 USB-C, 2 USB-A and 3.5mm headphone jack, making it look as sleek from the back as it does from the front.
Hardware wise, the MateStation X comes with 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and near silent cooling (<20dBA).
Perhaps the most exciting product for my own personal interest is the new E Ink MatePad Paper, which comes with a narrow-bezel 10.3-inch display, and smart refresh mode for multiple usage scenarios – even video playback.
Despite having just 16 greyscale levels, it can adapt the image to give the effect of 256 shades – as well as sharpening text. With more screen real estate, there’s less page turning for reading books.
But this isn’t just an e-reader, as it is powered by Harmony OS and can run apps, as well as being incredibly productive in meetings – being able to capture audio while annotating, with the ability to bookmark points within a speech for easy recollection later.
The MatePad Paper is compatible with Huawei’s M-Pencil, and handwritten notes will be converted to text.
As it runs a proper OS, you can also manage files on the MatePad Paper with a smartphone or PC, as well as keeping things secure with a fingerprint power button built-in.
The best feature of eInk is battery life, and the MatePad Paper can be kept on standby for as long as four weeks between charges.
The MatePad Paper comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage and Wi-Fi 6+ connectivity.