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Huawei's MateBook heads to the US on July 11th for $699

Another Surface competitor enters the fray.

Huawei's Surface competitor, the Matebook, is headed to the US on July 11th starting at $699. Announced back at Mobile World Congress, it's a 12-inch laptop/tablet hybrid that weighs in at a mere 1.4 pounds and 6.9 millimeters thin. Huawei claims it's the lightest 12-inch tablet on the market. Even though it's a hybrid, the Matebook still counts as the company's first laptop. And as is usually the case with convertibles, there's a stylus pen accessory with Windows Ink support and 2,048 levels of pressure.

Gallery: Huawei MateBook hands-on | 12 Photos

The Matebook's screen comes in at 2,160 by 1,440 pixels, which is sharp but not nearly as much as the iPad Pro (2,732 x 2,048) or the Surface Pro 4 (2,736 x 1,824). You'll be able to configure it with core M3, M5 and M7 processors, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and storage options from 128GB to 512GB SSDs. There's also a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint sensor on the side.

While Huawei isn't exactly known for premium devices, the MateBook's aluminum unibody design shows that it's learned a lot from other high-end devices. It's also shipping with Windows 10 Signature Edition in the US, which means it'll offer a clean Windows experience without any junkware.

Unfortunately, Huawei learned the wrong lesson from Microsoft and is charging an additional $129 for the MateBook's keyboard. The Stylus will cost $59 and the MateDock, which includes two USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI and VGA, will run you $89.

You can preorder a Matebook starting today from the Microsoft store, and it'll be available at other retailers on July 11. The base $699 MateBook comes with a Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and you can go all the way up to a Core M5 chip, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD for $1,199.

Gallery: Huawei MateBook Press Images | 9 Photos

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