That Huawei 2-in-1 with the luxurious trappings we saw at MWC this year now has an official release date. The 12″ Huawei MateBook tablet/PC hybrid will be available in the United States and Canada on July 11, along with the bevy of related accessories Huawei has prepared.
The lightweight 12″ MateBook is a 2-in-1 of the detachable sort. Similar to the the Surface series, it’s a tablet that can be connected to a keyboard case so it can be used as a laptop. But, true to their recent form, there’s a touch of luxury here — the keyboard case has a soft, leather back that comes in a handful of colors. There’s also a fingerprint scanner that can be used with Windows Hello, a bit of extra security that is slowly but surely becoming an industry standard, even on laptops and 2-in-1s.
Exclusive to this North America launch is Windows 10 Signature Edition. What’s that? Well, it’s more or less the Microsoft version of stock Android. Something with Windows 10 Signature Edition has Microsoft’s guarantee that no additional bloatware, hidden programs, or toolbars have been added by the manufacturer. It’s just Windows 10, as if you had just done a clean install.
Unfortunately, all of the accessories are sold separately. The MateBook itself starts at $700 for an Intel Core m3 processor/4 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration and goes up to $1,200 for an Intel Core m5/8 GB RAM/512 GB storage configuration. The MateBook Keyboard will be an extra $130, while the MateBook Pen stylus (with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity) and the MateDock station will be $60 and $90, respectively. All of the above will ship on July 11, with preorders starting now on the Microsoft Store. In July, the MateBook will also be available on Amazon and Newegg.