Is Huawei working on a Microsoft Surface Pro competitor?

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Update: Yep. Huawei unveiled the MateBook on Sunday. Here’s our complete hands-on review.

What does Huawei have up its sleeve for the upcoming Mobile World Congress? It’s hard to say exactly, but chances are it has something to do with a stylus. That’s what the latest invite to the Sunday, February 21 event is suggesting.

The invitation, which was shared on Weibo (a Chinese competitor to Twitter) by Huawei CEO Richard Yu, shares the tagline “The new style of business” as written by a stylus. While that doesn’t officially confirm anything, the two elements together indicate some sort of business-minded detachable, likely a Surface Pro 4 competitor.

So what exactly might Huawei’s newest product look like? Well, we know it’s likely to opt for Windows 10 instead of Android, considering the Chinese brand added the Mate 8, a large smartphone/phablet, to its lineup very recently. That means a larger device, likely in the 12-13 inch range, will surface from the brand before MWC this year.Huawei-Styleofbusiness

Importantly, Huawei trademarked the name “Matebook” back in October of 2015. While that isn’t a lot to go off, trademarking a name is often a very early step in revealing product details. In this case, it’s just tipping us off to the fact that there’s likely a laptop or detachable of some sort in pre-production, but that’s about it.

It’s not all that surprising more manufacturers are making moves into the detachable/convertible market. Samsung was one of the first, unveiling the Tab Pro S at CES 2016 with a full version of Windows 10 and detachable keyboard. The 12-inch form factor, paired up with a Core M, is an increasingly appealing option with the improvement of the low power chips and rise of higher-resolution displays.

Whatever it is Huawei plans to unveil, we’ll know soon enough. The company’s Mobile World Congress press event is scheduled for 14:00 Central European Time on Sunday, February 21st, just before the convention’s official launch. If you’re curious about the gritty details of that press conference, make sure to stay tuned to Digital Trends for all your Mobile World Congress coverage.


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