Huawei, known primarily for its smartphones in China, today unveiled the MateBook X Pro. The company does have a small laptop lineup and the MateBook X Pro is a part of the company’s 2018 refresh of that lineup.
Featuring a 13:9-inches 3:2 aspect ratio touchscreen display with a resolution of 3000 x 2000, the MateBook X Pro has an insane 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display has a 1500:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angle, and a brightness of 450 nits. To achieve that insane screen-to-body ratio, Huawei had to relocate the webcam. OEMs like Dell usually place the webcam at the bottom chin of the display to workaround the issue. Huawei, however, has taken a different approach. The webcam is hidden beneath the F6 key and pops out when pressed. While innovative, this placement also has the same issue as other laptops with thin bezel displays: the camera will give a bottom-up view of your face which is not very pleasant to look at.
Huawei will be offering the MateBook X Pro in two different variants. The base variant will come with a Core i5-8250U dual-core CPU, while the higher end variant will sport a quad-core Core i7-8550U processor. The base variant will make use of Intel’s Iris HD630 GPU, while the Core i7 variant will feature nVidia’s MX150 GPU with 2GB of dedicated memory. Other specs of the laptop include 8/16GB of RAM, 256/512GB of PCIe storage, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, 1x USB-C port, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port, and a USB 3.0 Type-A port. The 14.6mm thin laptop weighs around 1.33 kg features a backlit full-size and spill-proof keyboard along with the largest trackpad you can find on a 14-inch laptop.
The USB-C fast charger bundled with the laptop can provide up to 6 hours of use for light web browsing on only 30 minutes of charge. On regular use, the MateBook X Pro can last for up to 14 hours on a single use. Lastly, despite its slim size, the MateBook X features a quad-speaker setup that is Dolby Atmos certified.
Huawei is clearly taking on the likes of the Dell XPS and Apple’s MacBook lineup with the MateBook X Pro. And that’s not just in terms of specs, but also in terms of price with a starting price tag of 1,499 Euros that goes well above 1,800 Euros for the Core i7 variant. The MateBook X Pro will launch in spring this year.