This year's MWC lasts from February 26 to March 1 year, but some of the biggest announcements were made in press conferences on Sunday, February 25 with Huawei one of the first to unveil its new products. Huawei is not launching any phones at the event. Huawei introduced premium Windows laptops and Android tablets and also unveiled its first 5G customer premises equipment to enable 5G internet speeds on mobile devices.
Matebook X Pro Laptop
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Chinese electronics giant Huawei on Sunday unveiled The MateBook X Pro, at Mobile World Congress 2018. The new high-end laptop is suitable competition for the Macbook Pro. It has a slick new touchscreen with anti-fingerprint coating. The display is also touch screen measuring 13.9 inches, with a 3000 x 2000 resolution for a Surface-style 3:2 aspect ratio. One of the features Huawei talked up is the webcam that has been built into the keyboard. With even thinner bezels around the display — Huawei boasts a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is also considerably slimmer than the Apple MacBook Pro. The laptop has an attractive design and is similarly slim and sleek with an all-aluminum body.
Huawei’s new laptop comes with
an eighth generation Inter Core i5 or i7 processor and has two USB ports and one
USB-A port, a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. It also has a
discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU and weighs a little under three pounds
(1.33kg). One more big change in the new version is the 14 hours of battery
life, which is considerably more than that of its predecessors. The laptop will
come in "space grey" and "mystic silver."
In the US market, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro will be available this spring priced from 1,842 dollars (1,499 euros).
Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro
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Huawei unveiled The MediaPad M5 series of tablets, which, comes in three models: The 8.4-inch MediaPad M5, the 10.8-inch MediaPad M5, and the 10.8-inch MediaPad M5 Pro. The tablets are primed for watching video, whether you want to stream it or download it. All tablets bring with them a 2560 x 1600-pixel screen and a curved edge display as well as an integrated fingerprint scanner.
The 10.8- MediaPad M5 Pro, has four speakers and works with an included stylus. The Huawei M Pen stylus has 4,096-level pressure sensitivity and lasts 50 days of battery life after a 100-minute charge. It charges via USB-C. The Pro will also support a detachable keyboard and offer a desktop view with expanded file management features. The keyboard connects using a Pogo pin connection.
However, the MediaPad M5 has only two speakers and doesn't include the stylus or a pogo pin connection for an optional keyboard. It runs Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 and is powered by a Kirin 960 chipset. The 8-inch version features Harman Kardon-optimised dual speakers, with a custom virtual surround sound system by Huawei.
As per reports, the MediaPad M5 will be priced from $429 for the 8.4-inch version and from $490 for the 10-inch model.
First 5G customer premises equipment (CPE)
Huawei unveiled its first chip to enable mobile devices to access 5G internet speeds at the event. The 5G customer premises equipment (CPE) involves a commercial terminal device supporting 3GPP 5G standards with a Huawei-developed chipset called the Huawei Balong 5G01. Huawei claims that it is the world's first commercial chipset that meets 5G standards with download speeds of up to 2.3Gbps across sub-6GHz and millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum bands.
"The Balong 5G01 makes Huawei the first company offering an end-to-end 5G solution through its network, devices, and chipset-level capabilities," the Chinese networking giant said.