Huawei unveils MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D Windows 10 devices

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Last year, Huawei released its first-ever Windows 10 device -- the MateBook. The tablet/laptop hybrid was a bit underpowered, but had incredible build quality and a gorgeous screen. It also had solid speakers and a fast fingerprint reader. Overall, I picked it as my favorite Windows 10 device of 2016. Today, Huawei unveils its successor -- the MateBook E. It isn't a radical redesign, which is a good thing.

The company is not stopping there, however, as it also announces two new MateBook computers which are traditional laptops -- the "X" and "D". The former is a very svelte and elegant 13-inch Ultrabook, while the latter is a larger 15.6-inch laptop.

MateBook E

I had the opportunity to try the MateBook E and X recently, and came away very impressed with both. The "E" improves upon the previous generation MateBook with an improved 2K screen and upgraded internals. The keyboard case now features improved chiclet keys and a stand that offers a wider range of movement for better angles. Best of all? In the USA, the keyboard will be included for free! The optional USB-C dock/dongle has been redesigned, but the stylus remains the same. If you loved last year's MateBook, the MateBook E is a worthy upgrade.

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Huawei Shares the full specs of the MateBook E below.

Touchscreen

Size: 12 inches
Type: IPS
Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels, 216 pixels per inch (PPI) Viewing angle: 160 degrees
Colors: NTSC 85% color gamut
Contrast: 1000:1
Brightness: 400 nits

Appearance

Dimensions (H × W × D): 6.9 mm x 278.8 mm ×194.1 mm
Weight: approximately 640 g (without keyboard), 1100 g (with keyboard) Titanium Gray + Blue Folio Keyboard
Champagne Gold + Brown Folio Keyboard
Champagne Gold + Pink Folio Keyboard

Processor

BL-W09: 7th Generation Intel® CoreTM m3-7Y30 processor BL-W19: 7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5-7Y54 processor

GPU

Intel® HD Graphics 615

Storage

128 GB/256 GB/512 GB SSD 4 GB/8 GB LPDDR3

Buttons and ports

Power button, volume up and down buttons
3.5 mm stereo headset jack
USB-C port with support for data synchronization between a phone and laptop, and battery charging

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO

Bluetooth

BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)

Camera

Front camera: 5 MP

Audio configuration

Dual digital microphones and dual speakers

Battery

Material: lithium polymer
33.7Wh (4430mAh@7.6V)
Local video playback time: approximately 9 hours
*Testing conducted by Huawei in Huawei’s laboratory environment with 50% brightness and automatic backlight.

Power adapter

Input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Output: 40W smart power adapter

Audio

Dolby Audio Premium

Featured applications

HUAWEI MateBook Manager Monitor Manager
Factory Reset

Inbox accessories

HUAWEI Folio Keyboard
HUAWEI MateBook Charger
HUAWEI MateDock 2 (inbox in some markets)
USB-C to USB-A conversion cable (inbox in some markets)

Optional accessories

HUAWEI Folio Keyboard HUAWEI MateBook Charger

HUAWEI MateDock 2 HUAWEI MatePen

HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse HUAWEI Sleeve
HUAWEI Backpack

MateBook X

The true star of the show, however, is the fanless MateBook X. The little laptop is insanely thin -- the smallest 13-inch laptop ever. Believe it or not, it is thinner than both the newest 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

It features an all-aluminum unibody body. It is very Apple-like in design, which is a good thing. It features a gorgeous 2160 x 1440 screen, but it is not touch-capable. It does have a fingerprint reader on the power button, however.

The Dolby Atmos audio system -- the first time on a laptop -- produces some of the best sound I have ever heard from a notebook. Not only is the sound well-balanced, but the speakers get very loud. In fact, at maximum volume, I heard no noticeable distortion.

Huawei explains, "MateBook X is designed for exceptional performance, combining advanced features to meet consumers' demands for an efficient and stylish device. It features an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio and 4.4mm bezels, as well as an impressive 3:2 aspect ratio, offering users a better visual experience. With Huawei Space Cooling Technology, Microencapsulated Phase Change Material -- commonly used in the aerospace field -- has been applied to the Huawei MateBook X, making the device a fanless 13-inch notebook with powerful 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processors inside. The fanless design delivers a compact body, improved ergonomics and silent operation, while reducing malfunctions related to fan blockages and dust. Inspired by Huawei’s flagship products’ premium and chic aesthetic style, the Huawei MateBook X is available in three colors: Prestige Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold."

Since the dual-core MateBook X is designed more for portability and not hardcore power, the 8GB RAM limitation probably won't bother the intended consumers. While it features dual USB-C ports, only one can be used to charge the machine -- the other is for data only. There are no Type-A ports to be found. With that said, the Type-C dock/dongle comes included with the X. Sadly, the beautiful Rose Gold variant of the MateBook X is exclusive to China.

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Huawei shares the full specs of the MateBook X below.

Screen

Size: 13 inches
Type: IPS, Corning® Gorilla® glass
Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels, 200 pixels per inch (PPI) Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Colors: sRGB 100% color gamut
Contrast: 1000:1
Brightness: 350 nits

Appearance

Dimensions (H × W × D): 12.5 mm x 286 mm ×211 mm Weight: approximately 1.05 kg (2.31 lb)
Color: Space Gray, Prestige Gold, and Rose Gold

Processor

WT-W09:7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5-7200U processor WT-W19:7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7-7500U processor

GPU

Intel® HD Graphics 620

Storage

256 GB/512 GB SSD 4 GB/8 GB LPDDR3

Buttons and ports

Two-in-one power button with touch fingerprint sensor
3.5 mm stereo headset jack
Two USB-C ports, one on the left supporting data transfer and charging and one on the right supporting data transfer and can connect to MateDock 2

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO

Bluetooth

BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)

Camera

Front camera: 1 MP

Audio configuration

Dual digital microphones and dual speakers

Battery

Material: lithium polymer
41.4 Wh (5449mAh@7.6V)
Local video playback time: approximately 10 hours
*Testing conducted by Huawei in Huawei’s laboratory environment with 50% brightness and automatic backlight.

Power adapter

Input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Output: 40W smart power adapter

Audio

Dolby Atmos Sound System

Featured applications

HUAWEI MateBook Manager Monitor Manager
Factory Reset

Inbox accessories

HUAWEI MateBook Charger
HUAWEI MateDock 2 (inbox in some markets) USB-C to USB-A cable (inbox in some markets)

Optional accessories

HUAWEI MateBook Charger

HUAWEI MateDock 2 HUAWEI

Bluetooth Mouse HUAWEI Sleeve

HUAWEI Backpack

MateBook D

"MateBook D is a 15.6-inch notebook, measuring 16.9mm in thickness with a narrow 6.2mm bezel. With a large viewing angle of 178 degrees and an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, it is ideal for multimedia. The device is crafted from aluminum alloy material, and is available in three colors: Space Gray, Champagne Gold and Aurora Blue. It features a full-size chiclet keyboard, and Dolby Atmos Sound System, with speakers co-designed with Dolby. With a choice of either the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processors, select models of the HUAWEI MateBook D also feature NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory for gaming. Its 43.3Wh battery supports hours of immersive entertainment," says Huawei.

I was surprised to learn that it will have no USB Type-C ports -- very curious for a computer in 2017. With that said, not many consumer accessories use that new standard -- yet.

MateBookD

Huawei shares the full specs of the MateBook D below.

Screen

Size: 15.6 inches
Type: IPS
Resolution: 1920 x 108 pixels, 142 pixels per inch (PPI) Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Colors: NTSC 45% color gamut
Contrast: 800:1
Brightness: 250 nits

Appearance

Dimensions (H × W × D): 16.9 mm x 358 mm × 239 mm Weight: approximately 1.9 Kg (4.19 lb)
Color: Space Gray, Champagne Gold, Aurora Blue

Processor

7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor 7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 Processor

GPU

PL-W09, PL-W19, PL-W29 integrated graphics: HD Graphics 620 PL-W19, PL-W29 discrete graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

Storage

4G+500G HDD; 8G+1TB HDD; 8G+256G SSD 4G/8G+128G SSD+500G HDD
8G+128G SSD+1TB HDD; 16G+128G SSD+1TB HDD

Buttons and ports

Power button
DC-in jack
3.5 mm stereo headset jack USB3.0 x2
USB2.0 x1
HDMI Full Size

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO

Bluetooth

BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)

Camera

Camera: 1 MP

Audio configuration

Dual digital microphones and dual speakers

Battery

Material: lithium polymer
43.3Wh(3800mAh@11.4V)
Local video playback time: approximately 8.5 hours
*Testing conducted by Huawei in Huawei’s laboratory environment with 50% brightness and automatic backlight.

Power adapter

Input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Output: 19V / 3.42A power adapter

Audio

Dolby ATMOS Sound System

Featured applications

HUAWEI MateBook Manager Monitor Manager
Factory Reset

Inbox accessories

HUAWEI MateBook Charger

Optional accessories

HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse
HUAWEI USB3.0 A/M TO RJ45 Adapter HUAWEI Backpack
HUAWEI MateBook Charger

All three models will be released this summer, although exact dates are not yet known. Pricing starts at €1,399 for MateBook X, €999 for E, and €799 for D. Which model will you buy?

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