Before long, few people outside of Asia knew the name Huawei, to say nothing of how to pronounce it. Due to the release of the Nexus 6P and a number of fairly successful recent products including the P8, Mate S, and Mate 8, Huawei has come a long way in a short span of time. With 2016 just getting its start, things don’t appear to be slowing down for the company either.
At CES, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor made its US debut, and Huawei globally launched its Mate 8 flagship. What’s next for the company? A series of reports coming out of China suggests that Huawei is getting ready to jump into the PC market. As is often the case with emerging rumors, there are a number of somewhat conflicting reports. Some suggest the device will be a dual-booting Windows/Android product, others suggest it’s a Chromebook. It’s difficult to say what the truth is, but we have some strong doubts about the Windows/Android dual-boot claims.
Over the years a number of players, including Samsung, have attempted to introduce dual-booting computers but ultimately nothing has surfaced from these endeavors, likely due to Google and Microsoft’s opposition of the effort. Certainly it’s possible Huawei somehow found a way to compromise with these companies in order to make dual-booting happen, however we will be surprised if that proves true.
The more probably scenario is that some of the Chinese sources got the facts mixed up and that the Huawei laptop will run either Windows or Android, and not both. Certainly, even the idea of an Android laptop sounds a bit strange. One source, YICAI, mentions Huawei talking about the idea of Chromebooks and Windows machines. Since we used Google Translate to better understand the source, it’s hard to make out exactly what they are saying, but it gives us another piece to this puzzle.
Putting it all together, our best guess is that Huawei will offer a laptop computer that comes in both Chromebook and Windows flavors, though not as a dual-boot solution. This wouldn’t be the first laptop to come in both Windows and Chrome OS variants either, as Lenovo Thinkpad 13 debuted at CES 2016 with such options. It’s also possible there could even be an Android-based model running a customized version of EMUI , despite we find that a little less likely.
When there are many unknowns at the moment, at least one source gives us a name for Huawei’s future PC endeavors: MateBook. In addition, that’s just a rumored name, however one that we wouldn’t be shocked to see Huawei use. The only other thing we are fairly certain on is that the device will use an Intel processor, as Intel is mentioned by several different sources.