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Huawei refreshes Matebook X Pro notebook

by on26 February 2019

And brings bigger Matebook 14 as well

While the big star of Huawei's show was the hands-off foldable smartphone, the company also unveiled a refreshed Matebook X Pro notebook as well as a bigger Matebook 14 notebook at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

Huawei is obviously serious about the notebook market and while the original Matebook X Pro was a great notebook to start with, the refresh got a slight redesign, and the larger Matebook 14 is not bad either.

The bezel-less experience with Matebook X Pro

The Matebook X Pro comes with a 13.9-inch screen has impressively thin bezels, which, according to Huawei, aims to bring borderless experience with 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The IPS touchscreen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, 3000x2000 resolution and offer peak brightness of 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and 100% sRGB color gamut.

The biggest update is the hardware as you get Intel's Core i5-8265U CPU or Core i7-8565U CPUs, Geforce MX 250 2GB GDDR5 GPU, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

Unfortunately, Huawei did not refresh the camera, which is still a 1MP pop-up camera located in the keyboard, and still packs a 57.4 Whr battery, which should give a bit more battery life due to updated hardware. Unlike its main rival, the Matebook X Pro has better connectivity with one USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, two standard USB-C ports, and one USB-A port.

The Matebook X Pro should ship globally soon while the US should get it in May and it will start at €1,599 for the entry-level model and go up to €1,999 for the one with better hardware.

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Huawei Matebook 14 fills the gap

The new Matebook 14 might not be as impressive as the Matebook X Pro, but still comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio IPS touchscreen with 2160x1440 resolution, adding up to 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. It has the same slim bezels, which means that the camera has been pushed to the keyboard, just like on the Matebook X Pro, and it has slightly fewer connectivity options, with single USB-C and two USB-A ports, as well as an HDMI output.

It will also be available with up to Core i7-8565U CPU, same Geforce MX250 GPU, and both the Matebook 14 and the Matebook X Pro come with fingerprint under the power button.

Of course, the Matebook 14 does not have a feel and finish of the Matebook X Pro but it also has a lower price tag, starting at €1,199 when it becomes available in April.

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Last modified on 26 February 2019
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