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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 Available In North America On July 11

By Victor Thomson , Jun 22, 2016 05:28 AM EDT
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After Huawei unveiled its Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible MateBook at MWC in February, now the Chinese company announced that it is taking pre-orders for the Windows computer that starts shipping in North America on July 11.

According to ZDNet, Huawei revealed on Tuesday, June 21, that the MateBook will be available for purchase starting July 11 in Canada and the U.S. The upcoming notebook will be sold online from Amazon, Microsoft and Neweg, as well as from Microsoft retail stores.

Preorders for the MateBook are now live at the Microsoft website. The notebook will come with a price tag of $699 for the basic configuration with Intel Core m3, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Prices will vary based on the selected internal SSD storage, RAM and processor.

Among the specifications of the Huawei MateBook are included Intel m3, m5, or m7 processor, 12 inch 2160 x 1440 pixels 10-finger multi-touch IPS display, 5 megapixel front facing camera, integrated fingerprint scanner on the side, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB internal SSD options, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and USB Type-C port.

The 2-in-1 device will be powered by a 4,420 mAh battery with a reported 9 hour battery life. The MateBook is 0.27 inches thick, weights 1.41 pounds (639.56 grams) and measures of 278.8 x 194.1 x 6.9 mm.

The highest price model costs $1,599 and comes with an Intel Core m7 processor, 512GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. Other models include Core m5 and m7 processors, SSD from 128GB to 512GB, 4 and 8GB of RAM.

According to PCMag, like for the Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface products, customers will have to pay extra for the accessories. The keyboard costs $129. The Huawei MatePen accessory that comes with integrated laser pointer has a price tag of $59. A MateDock accessory is also available, at a price of $89.

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