Spec Comparison: Huawei MateBook vs. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Huawei Matebook
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Following the enormous success of the Microsoft Surface line, it’s clear that the iPad’s dominance over the tablet marketplace isn’t quite as strong as it was once assumed to be — and, as a result, plenty of other competitors are prepping devices to act as yet more competition.

We’re seeing all kinds of 2-in-1 Windows tablets announced, and some of them could well find great success once they’re established in the minds of consumers. Two such devices are the Huawei Matebook and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S; here’s how the pair of systems fare pitted against one another.

Huawei MateBook Galaxy TabPro S
Size 278.8 × 194.1 × 6.9mm 290.3 × 198.8 × 6.3mm
Weight 640 grams 693 grams
Display 12-inch, Quad HD 12-inch, FHD+ sAMOLED
Resolution 2,160 × 1,440 2,160 × 1,440
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10
Storage 128 – 512 GB SSD 128 or 256 GB SSD
Processor Intel Core M (Dualcore 3.1 GHz)) Intel Core M (Dualcore 2.2 GHz)
RAM 4 or 8 GB 4 GB
Camera Front 5MP Rear 5MP, Front 5MP
Connectivity USB Type-C USB Type-C
Sensors Accelerometer, Hall, Light, Fingerprint, Gyroscope Accelerometer, Hall, Light
Battery 4,430 mAh @ 7.6 V
Est. 10 hour battery life
Quick Charge
5,200 mAh @ 7.6V
Est. 10.5 hour battery life
Quick Charge
Charger USB Type-C USB Type-C
Price  $700 – $1,600 (accessories not included) TBD
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Design

While both the MateBook and the TabPro S are undeniably thin devices, Samsung’s effort has the advantage here — even if it’s only by a hair. It’s 6.3 millimeters thin, against the Matebook’s 6.9 millimeters. However, it should be noted that its other dimensions make it a slightly larger device in terms of overall size.

That being said, both of these tablets are intended to be easily portable, and neither would be a great burden for use on the move.

The MateBook was highly praised for its ‘gorgeous’ physical design when Digital Trends had the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with the tablet at the Mobile World Congress 2016. It’s a sleek piece of kit, to be sure, but its keyboard accessory leaves a little to be desired.

On the other hand, the TabPro S received applaude for its display when Digital Trends had access to that system at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The extra physical size of the tablet seems to be a worthy compromise to make the most of the impressive screen.

However, on the whole the MateBook has a cleaner, cooler aesthetic. It borrows liberally from the Apple school of design, but there’s little harm in aping something that works.

Winner: MateBook

Power and Productivity

In most departments, the MateBook trumps the TabPro S by offering better specifications at a higher cost. Features like 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD will hold great appeal for some users, and they’re noticeably absent from the currently announced range of options made available by Samsung.

The standard 4 GB of RAM offered up by both systems might be a touch underpowered for anyone looking to use these hybrid devices as a replacement for their laptop. Huawei is wise to expand the options available to power users.

Once again, the TabPro S has its own salvo to fire back with, in this case a minor improvement in terms of estimated battery life. If we’re comparing the stock versions of each tablet, it’s a victory for Samsung’s 2-in-1. It offers a larger battery which, combined with the less powerful processor, should make for better overall endurance.

Winner: MateBook

Camera

In terms of camera functionality, the TabPro S wipes the floor with the MateBook. Both tablets offer a 5 MP front-facing lens, but Huawei’s device only sports a fixed focus whereas Samsung’s has AutoFocus as a feature as well. On top of that, only the TabPro S is bestowed with a rear-facing camera.

Winner: TabPro S

Display

Both the Huawei Matebook and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S have a 2,160 x 1,440 display resolution. They’re the same size, too, so pixel density is an identical 216 pixels per inch.

The technology powering the pixels differs, however. The Matebook will have an IPS display, while the TabPro S will use Samsung’s AMOLED technology. While we feel the latter is more likely to come out ahead, giving the strength of AMOLED in Samsung smartphones, the specifications alone don’t reveal the victor.

Winner: Tie

Price and Availability

Between optional upgrades to its specs, and the fact that accessories are sold separately, the $700 base price of the MateBook can soon swell significantly. With its keyboard running $130, its stylus $60 and its dock $90, there’s a real investment to be made to see the tablet at its best.

Conversely, the TabPro S includes its keyboard accessory as standard inside the box. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine whether or not this is a good deal for the consumer, as Samsung has yet to unveil pricing details. As a result, there’s no way to choose a winner at this time.

Winner: Unknown

Conclusion

On paper, Huawei’s MateBook looks like the clear winner — and an attention-grabbing new device among the increasingly competitive tablet market. Its better hardware as definitely stolen some of Samsung’s thunder. The fact Huawei has announced a price is also significant, since we still don’t know how much the TabPro S will cost.

However, these devices won’t just target that audience, as they’re also neatly positioned to cater to anyone who’s simply looking for a tablet that’s a nose ahead of the crowd. Anyone looking at the baseline systems alone will definitely want to wait until Samsung details its TabPro S pricing before making a decision.

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