SmartHouse - - MWC 2018 // Huawei - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

Close to get­ting their smart­phones banned by the US Gov­ern­ment and un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Aus­tralia due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, Huawei has used Mo­bile World Congress to try and de­liver cred­i­bil­ity for the ques­tion­able mo­bile de­vices and 5G net­work tech­nol­ogy.

The un­der siege Chi­nese phone maker has un­veiled the Huawei MateBook X Pro and the Huawei Me­di­aPad M5 Se­ries in an ef­fort to com­pete with Sam­sung.

Due to a lack of in­ter­est in their prod­ucts by some sec­tions of the me­dia, Huawei paid sev­eral jour­nal­ists air­fares and ac­com­mo­da­tion to at­tend their launch in Barcelona, as Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull was be­ing told by US se­cu­rity ex­perts at Home­land Se­cu­rity that Huawei and their 5G net­work­ing tech­nol­ogy was a ma­jor “se­cu­rity risk” to Aus­tralia.

This is due to fears that their smart­phones and at­tach de­vices along with a new 5G Huawei net­work be­ing built for Op­tus and Voda­fone would put all Aus­tralians at risk of be­ing spied on by the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment in the fu­ture.

Huawei used Mo­bile World Congress 2018 to an­nounce an up­date to its Matebook line in the form of the Matebook X Pro, fea­tur­ing a 13.9inch dis­play. The power but­ton on the Matebook X Pro now func­tions as a fin­ger­print sen­sor that Huawei claim will han­dle both pow­er­ing up and fin­ger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with a sin­gle touch.

The key­board is spill proof, and the touch­pad is glass-cov­ered and the largest you’ll find on any lap­top of its size ac­cord­ing to Huawei ex­ec­u­tives who have not com­mented on se­cu­rity con­cerns for Aus­tralians who in the fu­ture could end up on a Chi­nese built phone net­work via a Voda­fone or Op­tus 5G net­work.

The screen res­o­lu­tion of the Matebook X is 3000×2000, 260ppi with 450 nits of

bright­ness and a 1500:1 con­trast ra­tio, un­der­neath a Corn­ing Go­rilla glass dis­play that’s also a touch­screen. The MateBook X Pro weighs in at 1.33kg, with a thick­ness of 4.9mm to 14.6mm. In terms of colours, it will ship in Space Grey or Mys­tic Sil­ver fin­ishes.

The Matebook Pro X will use In­tel’s 8th gen­er­a­tion Core i7 CPUs run­ning Win­dows 10, with NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 GPU on board. Au­dio is via quad speak­ers with sup­port for Dolby ATMOS. Huawei’s claim is that the 57.4wHr bat­tery will han­dle up to 12 hours of video play­back.

On the soft­ware side, it will have na­tive sup­port for Mi­crosoft’s trans­la­tor ap­pli­ca­tion, sup­ply­ing real-time trans­la­tion di­rectly on the desk­top.

The Chi­nese Com­pany has also re­leased the Me­di­aPad M5 Se­ries.

Er­gonom­i­cally de­signed with a 2.5D glass screen and 2K HD, Clar­iVu 5.0-en­hanced dis­play, the 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch tablets feature speak­ers tuned by Har­man Kar­don a Sam­sung owned Com­pany.

Their own tech­nol­ogy pro­vides im­mer­sive 3D au­dio and fully sup­ports Hi-Res au­dio for ex­cep­tional sound qual­ity. The 10.8-inch HUAWEI Me­di­aPad M5 Pro comes with an ul­tra-pre­cise HUAWEI M-Pen fea­tur­ing 4,096 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity to make note-tak­ing more re­al­is­tic, eas­ier and ef­fort­less.

Pric­ing for Aus­tralia has not been an­nounced.

Mate­book X Pro.

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