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Huawei made a pretty good laptop in the MateBook X

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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.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 9 review: Does it get faster?

Hands-On

Huawei MateBook X Pro hands-on

The most unusual camera placement

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Huawei’s newest release isn’t a smartphone and yet, this new device is also making news.

Released in Barcelona at MWC 2018, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is a powerhouse wrapped in one handsome package.

This machine looks sleek and feels premium. It’s very compact and it has a good weight to it — manageable for a laptop, but not too light for it to feel cheap.

It’s about the same size as a MacBook Pro and about the same thickness. Side by side with the Apple laptop, you see the glaring similarity in size.

At its thinnest point, it folds to 14.6mm. It houses two USB-C ports (yay!), a USB-A port (the option not to live a dongle life!), and audio input (double yay!). The premium metal unibody comes in two colors: space gray or mystic silver.

The Huawei MateBook X Pro has a beautiful 13.9-inch screen, bright and vivid at 450 nits. Look at those almost non-existent bezels! This laptop’s screen-to-body ratio is a whopping 91 percent.

And as if that wasn’t enough laptop screen goodness, the MateBook X Pro has 10-point touchscreen capabilities!

Now seeing all that screen, you may be wondering: Where is the webcam?

Because the laptop’s screen bezels are so small, there obviously isn’t any space for the camera. Huawei has a very interesting camera placement solution.

They put the laptop cam on the keyboard! Yes, you heard that right. This button on the keyboard turns into a camera!

Though pretty ingenious, the camera placement still makes for awkward photo angles. (But really, what laptop cameras can take photos that look good, right?) What’s great about this “recessed camera,” however, is the fact that its placement promises ensured privacy when the camera’s not in use — you’re not going to need tape on that webcam anymore!

The device also has a pretty wide trackpad on it — the better to work on!

What really impressed me was how loud this thing’s quad-speaker setup is. At MWC, I accidentally played a video as we were shooting this, and trust me, the whole room heard it. Even better, the whole room heard it in Dolby Atmos, which this device is capable of.

It also has a quad-mic system which means the laptop can hear and record you perfectly from all 360 degrees.

This machine is powered by an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor with memory of either 8GB or 16GB and storage options of 256GB or 512GB. It’s also equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. That means you should be good for tasks like video editing, or even light to casual gaming. It has a battery capacity of 57.4Wh which totals 12 hours of video playback — that’s a lot of show episodes, people!

Of course, this device is capable of Huawei Share which is an easy transfer solution powered by Bluetooth from any Huawei device to the MateBook X Pro. If you’re on a Huawei phone, this creates a great fuss-free ecosystem between gadgets.

SEE ALSO: 24 hours in San Diego with the Huawei Mate 10

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Huawei MateBook X Pro has FullView Display and NVIDIA graphics

As gorgeous as it is powerful

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, the spotlight is on Android smartphones and tablets, but that doesn’t mean Windows laptops — being the mobile devices that they are — can’t share a part of the stage.

Huawei is leading the Windows charge with the MateBook Pro X, which is their first notebook to own a FullView Display. The 13.9-inch 3K (3000 x 2000 pixels) touchscreen is absolutely gorgeous, and is part of a body that’s only 14.6mm thin and 1.33kg light.

To keep the display free of bezels and maintain the 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, the webcam sits discreetly on the keyboard and pops up when a button is pressed. Even more convenient is the fact that the MateBook Pro X charges through USB-C, meaning your smartphone can use the same charger.

Under the hood is all the horsepower you need. The MateBook Pro X comes with an 8th-generation Core i7 or i5 processor, discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, up to 16GB of memory, and up to 512GB of fast SSD storage. For energy on the go, there’s a 57.4Wh battery that can last up to 14 hours of typical work usage.

The MateBook Pro X is a multimedia powerhouse, too. In addition to the breathtaking display, there’s a Dolby Atmos Sound System on board with custom quad speakers. And if you’d rather use your own headphones or external speakers, you’ll be happy to know a 3.5mm audio port is available on the side.

We have two colors to choose from: space gray and mystic silver.

Pricing and availability per region will follow as soon as the information is available.

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Computers

Samsung’s latest 2.5-inch SSD has record 30TB of storage

Yet another world record by Samsung

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We were already impressed by the 512GB microSD card and 2TB flash drive, so you can imagine our collective jaws dropping when we found out Samsung released a 30TB solid state drive (SSD).

Yes, this an SSD and not the slower mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) that normally reaches this storage level.

Labeled as the PM1643, it’s the most spacious 2.5-inch SSD in the world. The previous record holder happened to be Samsung as well when the company launched a 15.36TB SSD back in 2016.

The exact amount is 30.72TB coming from 32 units of 1TB NAND flash. Its 2,100MB/s sequential read and 1,700MB/s write speeds outdo most consumer SSDs thanks to 40GB of built-in RAM.

As you can obviously tell, this is meant for enterprise users and will cost a sum as crazy as the storage itself — exactly how much is not yet known.

And because it uses the newer Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, don’t expect this to connect to your desktop PC or notebook.

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