Unboxing Huawei's China-exclusive, Snapdragon-powered MateBook E

Exclusive to China, Huawei's new MateBook E wasn't announced in the United States. I only found out about it when I talked to the Windows on ARM guys at Microsoft's Build 2019 developer conference this year. Naturally, that was one of the first things that I looked for when I came to China. After all, we knew almost nothing about it, other than that it's one of just three PCs to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850.

And this thing is a beauty. Unlike the two other Snapdragon 850 machines, this one doesn't make compromises. While the Samsung Galaxy Book2 has a beautiful QHD Super AMOLED screen and 4GB RAM, and the Lenovo Yoga C630 has 8GB RAM but a mediocre FHD display, the MateBook E has both a QHD display and 8GB RAM. It also packs 512GB of storage, making it the only Windows on ARM PC to do that.

Improvements over the previous generation MateBook E include Huawei Share, allowing you to tap your phone against the keyboard to transfer files. The CPU is also an upgrade, from a seventh-generation Y-series chip. It also seems to have a better camera on the back.

Check out the unboxing video below:

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