MWC may have been cancelled, but the media events are continuing and overnight Huawei has unveiled their first wave of products and services for 2020.
At the event hosted by CEO of Huawei Consumer Business, Mr Richard Yu, Huawei announced a new foldable phone with the Mate XS, a new Matepad Pro tablet aimed at professionals and three new laptops including the Matebook X Pro, as well as Matebook D 14 and 15. There’s also a new router and a 5G connected CPE for your broadband.
It’s all about foldable phones these days, and with the announcement of the Mate XS, Huawei is now on their second generation of foldable phone.
The Mate XS features three displays, a primary 8″ display that spans both sides of the phone, a 6.6-inch display on the front and a 6.38-inch on the rear.
The phone will be powered by the Kirin 990 processor which includes an on-die modem for increased power efficiency. Huawei says the Kirin 990 CPU offers up to 23% more power while being 23% more efficient with GPU and NPU baselines also showing improvement across the board.
The phone will include a SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera which includes a 40MP Super sensing Wide sensor, with an 8MP sensor with Telephoto lens offering 3x Optical and 30x Digital for a combined 45x Hybrid zoom. There’s also a 16MP sensor with ultra-wide lens and a time of flight depth sensing camera.
The Mate XS will include a 4,500mAh battery which in Australia will be charged with a 40W charger, though some markets will see a 55W charger that can quick charge up to 85% capacity in just 30 minutes.
Huawei will launch the Mate XS running EMUI 10 based on Android 10 but the open source version with no Google Apps or Services, rather it will include Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) which got a big push by Mr Yu on stage.
Unlike the original Mate X foldable Huawei is actually intending to release the Mate XS globally with the phone priced at €2,499 – that’s over $4,100 AUD – which includes 8GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage.
Matepad Pro 5G
Android tablets have fallen by the wayside of late, but Huawei is giving them another shot with a premium tablet they’ve dubbed the MatePad Pro 5G.
The tablet runs a Kirrin 990 processor which includes the 5G modem, but will come in either Wifi only, 4G and 5G capable options – no word on if the CPU changes between the models.
The tablet includes some neat new features with Huawei announcing the Matepad Pro 5G is the first of its kind to support wireless charging – and it supports reverse wireless charging too so you can top up your phone on the go.
In terms of power you get 40W super charge when using a wired charger, 27W super charge when wireless and 7.5W when reverse wireless charging.
The tablet will need some power too with a big 10.8-inch 2560 x 1600 resolution display with punch hole for the selfie camera which features tiny 4.9mm bezels offering a 90% screen to body ratio.
The display features DCI-P3 Cinematic Colour Gamut for accurate colour reproduction. It also features a quad speaker for rich and immersive sound making this tablet a dream to watch media on.
Huawei has also announced a stylus for the MatePad Pro with the M Pencil offering a new input method for Huawei tablet owners. The M Pencil will cost €99 and magnetically attaches to the side of the tablet when not in use.
There’s other accessories coming for the MatePad Pro tablet including a sleeve for €39, Smart Keyboard for €129, and a Folio Cover for €39.
There’s several models of the MatePad Pro, which will go on-sale in April, with Huawei announcing European pricing at their launch event:
€799 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
€949 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage
€549 for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage
€749 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
€599 for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage
€699 for 8GB for RAM and 256GB of storage
The MatePad Pro will run EMUI 10 based on Android 10, though again without Google’s apps and services. The tablet will have access to the Huawei App Gallery for apps and games.
New Matebook X Pro
Huaweis Matebook X Pro laptops also got a new update at the event with a new model set to arrive from April.
The laptop, running Windows 10, has been given an update under the hood with the latest 10th generation Intel Core processors and will offer configurations up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
The Matebook X Pro includes a 13.9-inch, 3000 x 2000 resolution edge-to-edge display which is touch enabled. There’s a new fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button and the pop-up camera on the keyboard is also making a return.
The laptop is made with a metal uni-body, and features diamond cut edges. The usual grey colour option is there, but so too is a new green colour which looks amazing.
The laptop includes a single USB-A and two USB-C ports for connectivity, so a hub may be in order.
The Matebook X Pro 2020 will arrive in April with the base Intel Core i5 model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage priced at €1,499.
Matebook D 14 and 15
Huawei didn’t just focus on their flagship line with the Matebook series, unveiling a new pair of laptops aimed at the mainstream market.
The Matebook D 14 and 15 are respectively 14″ and 15″ laptops with FullHD resolution displays and come with either 10th Gen Intel processors or AMD Ryzen processors.
The Matebook D range will include a single USB-C port, with two USB-A ports (three on the 15-inch model), a HDMI port and a headphone jack.
The Huawei Matebook D range will run Windows 10 and come with Office 365 pre-installed.
Huawei will bring the Matebook D to market with a range of options with the Matebook D 14 starting at €699 which includes a Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The Matebook D 15 will start at €649 with a Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
Huawei CPE and Wifi Router
Huawei also announced a new Huawei Wifi X3 Router, the worlds first WiFi 6+ wireless Router. They also announced the Huawei 5G CPE Pro 2 for the home with support for Wifi 6+ and 5G with global 5G support for up to 11 5G bands.
Update [25.02]: Huawei Australia has supplied the following quote from Larking Huang, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Australia, who said:
Huawei is excited to be bringing the latest innovative range of products to Australians. We are committed to continue investing in the local market, and providing consumers with our cutting-edge technology that continually elevates the user experience. The revolutionary Mate Xs foldable smartphone and new MateBook Series’ demonstrate a leap forward in consumer technology, and our vision for the future AppGallery will see the expansion of available apps, to ultimately meet the needs of our consumers.