Huawei made a statement in the mobile department with its latest model Huawei Mate 20 pro. And it looks to be doing the same in the laptop department. Last year we saw the release of Apple’s MacBook Pro which enthralled lots of people. Huawei seems to be targeting the same goal with its latest products.
MateBook X Pro
Huawei looks to lock horns with Apple and looking at the specs it looks like it is better equipped than its nemesis Apple MacBook Pro.
Huawei has not made any upgrades to the design and so it looks the same to its older gen. But it does bring in the latest generation CPU from Intel running the show and an Nvidia GPU doing the heavy lifting.
The MateBook Pro utilizes Intel’s brand new Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U chips offering slightly higher clock speeds and promise some power efficiency gains too. They also upgraded their GPU going from GeForce MX150 with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM to GeForce MX 250 with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. RAM options are 8GB and 16GB and storage is 512GB or 1TB provided by a PCIe NVMe SSD.
The MateBook offers an Ultra FullView display that measures 13.9-inches and has a native resolution of 3000 x 2000. The LTPS panel used in the display supports 100% of the sRGB color scale coverage and 1500:1 contrast ratio. It also provides a touch panel equipped with 10-point multi-touch and Finger Gestures Screenshot tech. The bezels are notably thin.
- OTHER FEATURES
Huawei integrated an audio system that features Dolby Atmos Sound with speakers that were co-designed in conjunction with Dolby. The laptop is powered by a 57.4Wh battery. To cool down the hardware at a much faster rate, the MateBook X Pro uses a pair of Huawei Shark Fin 2.0 Fans, with larger fins for higher air output. The fans reportedly work with intelligent filtering tech to give users real-time system temperature monitoring and a smoother fan curve to reduce noise. It also has a fingerprint reader for extra security. The OneHop File Sharing feature helps in easy transfer of files from the Windows/Android phone to the laptop.
The Core i5 version (with 8GB RAM) starts at $1800 while the Core i7 (with 16GB RAM) starts at $2300.
The MateBook 13 (Launched at CES 2019) is going to be followed by the MateBook 14 which has a slightly bigger screen (14 inch) and a slightly better GPU with up to 16GB RAM.
The MateBook 14 is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 Whisky Lake processor (8265U or 8565U respectively), an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete GPU, up to 16GB RAM, and 512GB of memory storage.
The display is a lower resolution screen as compared to MateBook X Pro but it’s still decent enough. The MateBook 14 uses Huawei’s FullView display that offers very thin 4.9mm, top and side bezels giving the notebook a screen to body ratio of 90%. The 14-inch MateBook has a 3:2 aspect ratio that gives 8.4% more viewable area than the typical 16:9 aspect ratio. Native resolution is 2160 x 1440 at 185ppi; the screen also supports 100% of the sRGB color scale and deliver 1000:1 contrast.
- OTHER FEATURES
Similar to MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 14 is powered by a 57.4Wh battery. The speakers are integrated with Dolby Atmos. A unique feature of the MateBook 14 is the pop up webcam placed in the keyboard. It also utilizes the Shark Fin 2.0 fans which allow 18% more air intake. Just like the MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 14 also has the OneHop File Sharing feature.
The Core i5 version (with 8GB RAM) starts at $1400 while the Core i7(with 16GB RAM) starts at $1700.