While Microsoft was launching its new Surface Pro, Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled its new MateBook laptops. Leading the lineup is the MateBook X, a premium 13-incher in a sleek and ultraportable form factor.
While the first MateBook had 2-in-1 tablet/laptop functionality, the MateBook X has a classic aluminum clamshell body with slim measurements (286 x 211 x 12.5 mm, or 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 in). It's also lightweight, weighing in at 1.05 kg (2.31 lbs) and is available in gold, rose gold or space gray.
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Huawei is one of the many electronics makers gunning for slim bezels – its 13-inch display is rimmed with bezels a mere 4.4 mm wide. The device also includes a Dolby Atmos Sound System, which means it could offer a more enjoyable listening experience than most garden-variety laptop speakers.
On the inside, the MateBook X contains a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor – none of the lesser-powered m series chips often seen in other entry-level configurations. It has either 256 or 512 GB of built-in storage and 4 or 8 GB of RAM.
The laptop has two USB-C ports, and in some regions, it will ship with a Huawei MateDock 2 and a USB-C to USB-A dongle. Huawei claims that the 41.4W-h battery gets up to 10 hours of video per charge.
The MateBook X is shaping up to be a competitor to popular slim laptops like the MacBook Air, but since we are still waiting for Huawei to confirm US pricing (and we've yet to get our hands on a MateBook X) we can't speak to value at this point.
Apart from the top-of-the-line MateBook X, Huawei also announced the MateBook E and MateBook D. The 12-inch MateBook E is a 2-in-1 that's a more direct successor to the original MateBook. It has an updated hinge mechanism, for better viewing at different angles, as well at a 7th-generation core i7 processor. It also has improved battery life and a higher resolution 2K display.
The MateBook D is a larger, 15.6-inch clamshell-style laptop for those who value a larger screen over portability. It has a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage.
Price and exact ship dates have yet to be confirmed, but we expect to that these devices will start shipping this summer (Northern hemisphere).View gallery - 3 images