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The MateBook tablet-PC hybrid shoots lasers! Sort of (pictures)

Huawei has tricked out an accessory to its sleek new Windows 10 tablet-and-keyboard-dock.

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The Huawei MateBook is the Chinese company's first hybrid device. The 12-inch tablet runs Windows 10, and clips into a keyboard dock.

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The foldable dock cover uses magnets to reinforce itself as a stand.

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The tablet's stylus has a built in laser pointer, if you're into that.

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Magnets in the flap also snap the portfolio shut.

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You can use it as a tablet you navigate with your digits...

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...or with a stylus. Expect to buy that separately, though in some regions it could come bundled.

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It's pressure-sensitive, so the harder you push, the thicker your lines (and vice versa).

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The tablet part of the MateBook, along with the keyboard case laid out flat.

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A front-facing camera makes photo conferences (or selfies) possible.

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There's no camera on the MateBook's back.

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The clip-on case keeps the tablet secure while you're on the go.

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It comes in this camel-brown color, and also black.

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A separate dock you can buy also has a matching case.

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Unfold it and you can carry the stylus, a connector dock and some cables.

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Here's where you fit the MateBook to its case.

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This magnet is strong enough to keep the case connected even when it's dangling.

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A closeup of the connector pins.

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The case's keys are wide.

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They're bouncy, too.

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Here's a closeup.

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Windows 10 asks if you want to enter or exit tablet mode.

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It's a thin device...

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...with a fingerprint reader on its spine.

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Here's another look at the front-facing camera.

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And here's what the back looks like.

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The MateBook uses the USB Type-C connector port.

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A separate dock connects the MateBook to other devices, like a projector or TV. There's also an Ethernet port.

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Press this button to fire the laser pointer.

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Press these buttons while the pen is away from the screen to either advance a slide in a presentation, or open Microsoft OneNote.

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If you're close to the MateBook, they can also erase what you'd hand-written or take a screenshot.

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Laser pointers are fun.

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The laser is bright and has a long, long range (even though we show it off at short range here).

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A final look at the power/lock button.

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Check out our first take on the Huawei MateBook for all the details!

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