MWC 2018: Everything Announced At The Huawei Press Conference

Though it lacks the glitzy backdrop of CES, Mobile World Congress is no less of a big deal for the tech world. In recent years, it’s become a battleground where the biggest brands compete for attention and debut their flagship mobile devices. Last year alone saw the debut of the LG G6, Huawei P10 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium and this year is shaping up to be just as chock-full of announcements.

Here’s what Huawei brought to this year’s MWC:

Huawei MediaPad M5

What is it?

Huawei’s next big tablet.

What’s exciting about it?

If there’s any other vendor that Huawei’s latest venture into the tablet market takes after, it’s Samsung. Like Samsung’s Tab series of products, Huawei’s latest looks to offer a second-to-none entertainment platform that you can use for note-taking in more than just a pinch.

The M5 features 2K HD, ClariVu 5.0-enhanced display, supports both hi-res and 3D audio and even comes bundled with Huawei’s own answer to the S-Pen, the M-Pen, which features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

When will it be available?

Huawei say that the M5 will be coming to China, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Middle East territories in Spring 2018.

How much will it cost?

Pricing on this one is to be announced.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

Not yet. Huawei have a pretty inconsistent record when it comes to bringing their non-smartphone products to the Australian market, so it’s hard to say whether this new M5 will come to Oz.

Huawei Matebook X Pro

What is it?

Huawei’s next big play in the premium notebook space. Like the name suggests, it’s the Macbook Air to the original Matebook’s Macbook.

What’s exciting about it?

It’s got a 3K touch-enabled FullView display with a 91% screen-to-body ratio and a slick webcam that pops out from underneath one of the keys on the keyboard when needed. Under the hood, it also boasts your choice of either an i5 or i7 (eighth-gen) Core Processor paired up with a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU and 2GB of GDDR5 RAM.

When will it be available?

Huawei say that the Matebook X Pro will be coming to China, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Middle East territories in Spring 2018.

How much will it cost?

During their press conference, Huawei announced that the Matebook X Pro will be priced at 1499 euros.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

Not yet. Huawei have a pretty inconsistent record when it comes to bringing their non-smartphone products to the Australian market, so it’s hard to say whether this new Matebook will come to Oz.

For a longer look at everything that happened at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, click here.

Disclosure - Our coverage of MWC 2018 was sponsored by Intel who covered the cost of our flights and accommodation.


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