Huawei MateBook E: the Surface Pro 8 killer?

With its MateBook E, Huawei partly falls into the trap of having all its marbles in the quality of the screen, at the risk of neglecting certain very important elements on a Windows tablet, supposed to be able to replace a laptop PC. The slate of the Chinese manufacturer, which is increasingly concentrating its forces on the PC market, at least in Europe, thus suffers from a disappointing autonomy which will not be able to reach the full working day on battery power. Admittedly, the fast charging offered by the brand partly compensates for this shortcoming, but the gamble of betting (too much) on the efficiency of a mains unit is still a risky bet on a product primarily intended for mobility.

This limited autonomy is all the more regrettable that it is not counterbalanced, as on the Surface Pro 8, by a good CPU firepower. Here you have to be content with very low-power Intel chips… which inevitably deploy modest performance. Fortunately, the MateBook E remains fluid and agile on a daily basis, but it will not allow really extensive use. The connection that is offered to us here is also disconcertingly poor for a Windows tablet.

That said, the display quality enabled by OLED technology makes Huawei’s tablet attractive, even if a more careful calibration would have been welcome. We also appreciate the quality of assembly and finishes offered by the Chinese giant on a product that remains (relatively) accessible in the basic version. The tablet is for the rest at the level of the competition on the “sides”, with a front camera loaded with video, good speakers and a detachable keyboard of good quality. It remains to be seen whether these few arguments will prove sufficient to get rid of the pill of reduced autonomy and lack of muscle on the CPU level.

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