Huawei is expanding its notebook lineup, by launching the Huawei MateBook E 2019 laptop. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, an unusual choice, seeing how Huawei doesn’t even put Qualcomm CPUs on its phones. The 2 in 1 device runs on Windows 10 Home.
This is a fanless machine, that uses 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, or 512 GB, of the UFS variety. There’s also 4G LTE support via nano SIM, as expected from a Snapdragon notebook. We also see 4X4 MIMO antenna technology in the mix, Bluetooth 5.0 and dual band WiFi. The screen is a 12 inch touchscreen with a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution and a 3:2 aspect, plus a 160 degree viewing angle.
It has an oleophobic coating to avoid stains and smudges, plus it tries to keep the blue light out as much as possible. Specs include a 13 megapixel main camera and a 5 MP front shooter, with the main camera feeling like overkill on a laptop. For security there’s a side mounted fingerprint scanner and the MateBook E 2019 plays nicely with the Huawei M Pen Lite stylus (sold separately).
The keyboard has a 1.3 mm key travel and the device gets propped up by a kickstand that can be adjusted between 110 and 160 degrees. You can also use the laptop in tent mode. On the entertainment front, there’s dual speakers with dual smartPA amplifiers and Dolby Atmos. Connectivity is actually solid, with USB Type-C for charging, transfers and DisplayPort purposes, plus even an audio jack.
The battery offers up to 10 hours of media playbck at 50% brightness and it’s a 36.3 Wh unit, with fast charging. The whole thing measures 8.5 mm in thickness and weighs 698 grams sans keyboard or 1.173 kg with keyboard. The price starts at $595 and color choices are Titanium Ash and Charm Blue Sea.