At Mobile World Congress 2018 Huawei has raised the curtains and revealed their newest ultra-portable laptop, dubbed the MateBook X Pro. From all of my gathered information detailing specs design and features, here's what you need to know, lets talk about it.
The design of the Mate X-Pro closely resembles the latest device from Apple, you know, the current generation MacBook Pro. The entire laptop construct is made out of aluminum, weighing just 1.33kg (3.0 pounds), measuring 304mm x 217mm x 14.mm ( 12-inch x 8.5-inch x 1-inch). Consumers as an option have a choice between Silver and Space Grey color schemes.
From a hardware perspective the MateBook X Pro is pretty impressive, under the hood you'll find the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U and or a Core i5-8250U processor. For your viewing pleasure the 13.9-inch display is an LTPS ( Low temperature polysilicon) panel that have a compactly thin bezel yielding a 91% screen to body ratio, making it much smaller than Dell's own XPS 13 which have a Infinity Edge display. The display which is touchscreen comes pixel packed at 3000 x 2000 resolution, a 178-degree viewing angles that can reproduce a 100% sRGB color gamut. The contrast ratio is 1500:1, a maximized brightness at 450nits, supporting a 10-point multi touch with a anti-fingerprint coating. Powering the MateBook Pro X is a lithium polymer 57. 4Wh battery, when fully charged, users can squeeze out 12 hours of video playback as claimed Huawei.
Like most laptops that fall in the high end category, consumers have the option to upgrade hardware upon purchase. With the MateBook X Pro, you can get a system that have both the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 and GeForce MX150 with 2GB of GDDR5. The RAM choices are 8GB or 16GB, either way you still have plenty of system memory. On the storage front, consumers can choose between 256GB or 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD.
Other noted features on the MateBook X Pro are two USB-C ports, both ports acting as a charger, one port supporting Thunderbolt 3 upon boot. WiFi connection is made possible by a integrated supported IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless frequencies and 2x2 MIMMO access points. Whats a laptop without Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity which the MateBook X Pro have. For me the quad split speaker setup on the MateBook X Pro is probably the most impressive feature on the laptop. It uses a Dolby Altmos 2.0, the sound technology itself is known for giving mobile devices that immersive 3D sound experience.
Oddly enough, the 1MP webcam is discreetly placed on the keyboard, pops up upon activation by simply placing your finger on the webcam. The webcam placement is understanding if you take into consideration you're dealing with a laptop that have a very thin bezel. What should be standard on all laptops is a finger print sensor which in the case of MateBook Pro X it is integrated right into the power button. The fingerprint sensor as claimed by Huawei can power on the laptop and log users into a computer in over 7.8 seconds.
According to various published reports, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is schedule to be available this upcoming Spring priced at 1,499 euros ($1842 US). So basically not only is the laptop itself comparable to the latest gen MacBook, but so is the price.