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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) and MateBook 14 improve on already-great laptops

Don’t fix what isn’t broken

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Huawei seemed to have taken this to heart when designing the MateBook X Pro (2019) and MateBook 14, which are simple upgrades to already-great notebooks.

Beginning with the new MateBook X Pro: It’s nearly identical to its predecessor — from the sleek 91 percent screen-to-body ratio to the hidden pop-up webcam — except the logo on the back is now simply “Huawei” and there are some notable performance improvements.

You still get the super-dense 13.9-inch 3000 x 2000-pixel screen, quad-speaker setup, and fingerprint scanner in the power button, as well. For ports, we have one USB-A, two USB-C (one is Thunderbolt 3), and an audio port — again, just like last year’s model.

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Look a little closer, however, and you’ll notice a Huawei Share sticker that signals where you can place your Huawei smartphone for seamless file transfers. Partnered with the updated internal hardware, the new MateBook flagship is faster overall.

Specs include a choice between a Core i7-8565U or Core i5-8265U, up to 16GB of memory, up to 512GB of SSD storage, and a GeForce MX250 graphics chip, which is a marked boost over the former MX150.

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Even if it’s similar to last year’s MateBook X Pro, the 2019 model can still run circles around its closest rivals. And if you want to go a little lower, there’s an equally fresh MateBook 14 to consider, too.

As you’d expect, it’s a lot like the MateBook 13 launched internationally during CES 2019, except its screen is larger at 14 inches (same resolution, though) and it offers a few more ports plus a slight bump in performance.

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It goes for an MX250 as its graphics chip and up to 16GB of memory. As for ports, the MateBook 14 gives up one USB-C in exchange for two USB-A and one HDMI, making it friendlier toward legacy devices.

Pricing and availability vary per region for the MateBook 14. We’ll learn more as Huawei dishes out additional info in the coming weeks. 

In Europe, the new MateBook X Pro retails for EUR 1,999 for the Core i7 model which comes with 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage. The lower-end Core i5 variant with 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage goes for EUR 1,599.

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Huawei MateBook D 15, MateBook 13, MatePad Pro arrives in Singapore

All for mobile productivity

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If you’ve been looking to shake-up your work-from-home setup, Huawei has some new devices coming for your consideration. These are the MateBook D15, MateBook 13, and the flagship tablet MatePad Pro.

These new devices will work handily with whatever Huawei phone or other Huawei gadget you already have in tow.

MateBook D 15

The MateBook D 15 is a fantastic 15-inch laptop. It’s perfect for both work and learning. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 3500U processor. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a processor that’s often been compared to the Intel Core i5 8250u. What that means is that this laptop is more than capable of handling everything you do on a browser along with the usual Microsoft office suite. It also has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

It’s also home to features like a hybrid power and fingeprint scanner button, a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t recessed webcam, and the nifty Huawei Share that lets you quickly share files and control your Huawei or Honor phone straight from the laptop.

MateBook 13

Albeit smaller, the MateBook 13 actually packs more power. It’s powered by a 10th gen Intel Core processor with a 16GB dual channel RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Huawei says you can expect fast reading and writing speeds, image and video editing tasks, as well as entertainment experiences.

It comes with 3:2 high-quality 2K display and side bezels measuring only 4.4mm for more content with vivid details, speed and accuracy. A 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with Multi-touch is also available as an option.

MatePad Pro

The MatePad Pro, Huawei says, is their more affordable answer to the iPad Pro. Not only is it a fantastic multimedia device, it also comes with a pen. This premium-looking slate is geared towards creatives looking to express themselves and create things both for work and play.

Inside it’s powered by the flagship chip Kirin 990 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also has a 7250mAh battery with support for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

Price and availability

All three devices will be available in all Huawei Concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee starting June 8, 2020. Pricing are as follows:

  • MateBook D 15 — SG$ 998
  • MateBook 13 — SG$ 1,598
  • MatePad Pro — SG$ 898

Pre-orders for these devices will be available from May 30 to 7 June 7, 2020 with exclusive bundle deals, while stocks last.

  • MateBook D 15 — Huawei Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, Huawei Laptop Sleeve Bag, Huawei Freebuds 3
  • MateBook 13 — Huawei Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, Huawei Laptop Sleeve Bag, Huawei Back-up (1TB storage, Huawei Freebuds 3
  • MatePad Pro — Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard, Huawei M-Pencil, 1-year 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud Storage, WPC Office Premium Membership, 3-month Huawei Video Subscription

SEE ALSO: Reasons why the Huawei Matebook D 15 is an easy buy

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LG Singapore launches Lazada store, offers discounts

Up to 25% savings can be had on purchases

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Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more tech brands are relying on online stores to reach their customers. LG Singapore is the latest brand to go online with the opening of its flagship Lazada store. To mark the opening, it is discounting its appliances and devices for a limited time.

There’s a wide range of appliances on offer with LG’s Lazada store. Customers who buy LG appliances from May 23 to May 31 can get savings of up to 25% and a further 3% discount with a minimum purchase of SG$ 499.

Those who work from home will find a great range of LG TV and monitors on offer at the online store. They can also purchase the latest LG Gram through Lazada should they need a trusty laptop for their work.

Those who wanted to step up their facial self-care routine will also appreciate LG store’s selection of Pra.L appliances. For a limited time, LG will give away two complimentary brush heads with every purchase of Pra.L Dual Cleanser.

Other appliances offered on the Lazada store include LG refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and more. There’s something for everyone on the online store, so be sure to check it out here.

Youtube support channel

LG has also put up a Youtube support channel to help customers in troubleshooting their appliances. Their Youtube channel features handy tutorials on common troubleshooting problems. Since most customer service centers are still closed or are operating in a limited capacity in most areas, the channel is a great alternative for those who need help with their LG devices.

With LG opening its online store on Lazada and putting up a support channel on Youtube, customers don’t have to go to a physical store just to buy or have their appliances repaired. This is not just convenient for many, but also necessary as Singapore still restricts many non-essential shops from opening.

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LG GX Gallery OLED TV now available in Singapore

Comes with a free soundbar for pre-orders until June 7

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Last March, LG unveiled new OLED TVs packed with the latest and the greatest features. Among them is the GX Gallery, a lineup of big OLED TVs that offer high-end features for an unparalleled and immersive viewing experience. Now, the award-winning OLED TV lineup from LG is available to purchase in Singapore.

LG’s GX Gallery is now available to purchase at all authorized retailers nationwide. To entice customers, LG is throwing in a freebie for every pre-order of the 55-inch or 65-inch TV model until June 7. Customers will receive an SL8 soundbar worth SG$ 1,099 for every purchase of 55-inch GX OLED TV. Meanwhile, those who opt for the 65-inch GX OLED TV will receive the SL9 soundbar worth SG$ 1,599. Customers will also get an SG$ 200 grocery voucher on every purchase regardless of the model.

LG is also offering complimentary delivery and free installation for every purchase from June 1 to July 31, 2020. As such, there’s no better time than today to purchase the latest GX Gallery TVs from LG.

The LG GX Gallery features high-resolution OLED displays for a truly cinematic experience. At the heart of each GX TVs is the Alpha 9 Gen 3 processor that boosts the image and sound quality on these TVs. It also has the ThinQ AI and Google Assistant built-in so anyone can just utter commands to the TV without picking up the remote control.

These new high-end TVs from LG are available on all authorized retailers across Singapore. For more information, visit LG Singapore’s website.

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