After the delicious Surface Pro Microsoft announced yesterday, Huawei introduced its own Windows 10 laptop, the MateBook X. It’s nothing like the MateBook before it.
Revealed at MWC last year, the original MateBook was a 2-in-1 convertible, which made it a direct competitor of the aforementioned Surface Pro line of Microsoft. But Huawei needed something else to size up again Apple’s popular MacBook, and that’s why we now have the MateBook X.
It’s a laptop through and through — no detachable keyboard and fancy hinges this time. It comes with a 13-inch high-resolution 2K display enveloped by a full-aluminum chassis. Intel’s Core i7 and i5 processors are your weapons of choice.
But what you’re really paying for is its compact dimensions and premium features. Bezels around the screen and keyboard are at a minimum, and the power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner, just like on a modern smartphone.
To manage its 12.5mm-thin frame, only two USB-C ports are employed — one for charging and the other for data transfers. Fortunately, Huawei includes a dongle in the deal, which provides additional ports including a full-size USB and video outputs.
The other strong point — and this is a rarity for laptops this small — is its Dolby-powered speakers. The Atmos sound system somehow breaks the stereotype of bad audio on thin notebooks, but we’ll have to try it out in person to know for sure.
Configurations are varied, ranging from 4GB of memory to 8GB, and a choice between 256GB and 512GB SSD storage. Pricing hasn’t be laid out yet, but availability is expected within the next few months.