Huawei unveils MateBook X Pro

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 25, 2018

"The MateBook X Pro has the world's first full-view screen in a notebook, featuring a massive 91% screen to body ratio, which is down to the amount of engineering work we've done to reduce the bezels around the display", said Peter Gauden, senior product marketing manager for Huawei. This will likely be one of those changes users love or hate. Having more vertical screen space (for productivity) is not addressed by many 16:9 laptops on the market.

Tiny bezels, however, leave you with a problem: where do you put the webcam? The awkward black borders around the screen are nearly entirely gone, and although the laptop is just 14 inches diagonal, it features a full-size keyboard and a screen that usually would only fit in a larger, 15-inch laptop. The web cam is hidden in plain sight as a spring-loaded button between the F7 and F8 keys.

The tablets are fairly thin at 7.3mm, but you can expect a camera bump on the back.

That's good, because it'd be a shame to damage a great touchscreen. "Huawei seems to compete clearly with the Apple's MacBook Pro lineup and offer some features that we wished they offered the less bezel display and a display around 14" and importantly the touch-screen. There's an anti-fingerprint coating, and an eye-comfort mode which tones down the blue light in the name of saving eye strain. The latter is also equipped with power-saving management technology that further boosts battery life by re-allocating resources, giving what Huawei says is up to a 15 per cent improvement in efficiency.

Despite that, it's a slimline machine. It's the same excellent fingerprint sensor tech as is used on Huawei's phones, so we're feeling good about its potential on the MateBook X. Rounding out the tech bits is a pair of USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 3, the other is charging capable), a single USB-A port, and an audio jack.

All versions of the tablet are available in, as Huawei notes, "two iconic colors: Space Gray and Mystic Silver".

The trackpad is oversized, to cater to Windows 10 gestures, while inside Huawei says it focused on usable performance. The top-end MateBook X Pro with 16GB of RAM and a Core i7 process costs €1,899, which translates to a whopping £1,672. 8 GB of system memory will be standard, and up to 16 GB available.

Both models have an NVMe SSD, with the more expensive one getting 512GB of storage. The laptop comes loaded with quad speakers from Dolby Atmos. The large 10.8-inch model has, you guessed it, four.

The company has also announced M5 10 Pro variant as well. Indeed, the promise is nothing but the recycle bin on the desktop, though it'll be including a year's Office 365 subscription too. The Huawei MediaPad M5 comes in 10.8-inch and 8.4-inch sizes, and sports a metal unibody design, a 2,560x1,600 screen, Harman Kardon-powered sound, a battery that can withstand 12 hours of video playback.

Sadly, what there won't be is an LTE version. This is the case when talking about Huawei's new laptop they just unveiled at MWC 2018. Whether they automatically adjust depending on the orientation of the tablet, Huawei isn't saying.

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