While Huawei has primarily made headlines recently by expanding its smartphone presence in North America (only to find those efforts obstructed), it’s using Mobile World Congress to remind consumers that handsets aren’t the only mobile devices it manufactures.
On Sunday the Chinese smartphone giant announced the release of two new portable devices: The MateBook X Pro, an Intel-powered notebook with a 13.9-inch touchscreen, and the MediaPad M5 Series, a tablet with a 2.5D display that includes 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch models.
In a Feb. 25 statement, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu called the notebook and tablet evidence of Huawei’s commitment to developing “a new generation of mobile computing that empowers every aspect of your life.”
“Today’s consumers want more: they expect their technology to be both powerful and adaptable,” he said. “Huawei is committed to creating devices that not only meet these expectations, but create experiences that make everyday computing extraordinary.”
Powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, the MateBook X Pro features a 3K touchscreen, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, and customized Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers that the company says deliver more immersive audio than the typical notebook.
The Android-enabled MediaPad M5 also features immersive audio, delivered by Harman Kardon speakers, along with a 2.5D 2K HD screen.
It’s powered by a Kirin 960 Series processor, with the 8.4-inch model featuring 5,100 mAh battery and the 10.8-inch model featuring a 7,500 mAh battery, both of which are augmented with Huawei’s own QuickCharge technology.
Huawei notes that the MateBook X Pro is the first notebook to feature what it calls “Huawei FullView Display,” with a resolution of 3,000 by 2,000 pixels and a 100 per cent sRGB color gamut.
The MateBook X Pro also includes a button-like hidden camera that sits on its keyboard and pops up when pressed. It also features Wi-Fi transfer speeds of up to 20 Mbps.
No Canadian price or release date has currently been revealed for either product.