HUAWEI refreshes MateBook X Pro while introducing MateBook 14

"Elegance" and "value." Those two words are synonymous with HUAWEI. The company is still establishing itself in the USA, but in China, HUAWEI's products are insanely popular. Its laptops, tablets, and smartphones are designed to be beautiful and functional, while also offering a great value. In some ways, it has matched or exceeded the legendary Apple in the design department.

HUAWEI's laptops in particular are top notch, putting the Windows 10 machines from other manufacturers to shame. The MateBook X Pro, for instance, offers insane performance in an affordable and attractive package. Today, the company announces a refresh to that laptop, while also unveiling a new model -- the MateBook 14. After coming away extremely impressed by the MateBook 13 earlier this month, I have very high hopes for the 14. The X Pro and 14 both have the much desired 3:2 aspect ratio, but the former has higher resolution. Another big difference between the two is that the X Pro has Thunderbolt 3, while the 14 does not. With that said, the 14 does have HDMI, so you can output video without a dongle -- a nice feature for some.

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"HUAWEI MateBook X Pro embodies the best of notebook innovation. Inside the lightweight and portable new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is uncompromised performance with the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U and i5-8265U. Equipped with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 running on 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, the new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro delivers a smooth experience in every scenario from graphic and video editing, to gaming and multimedia content consumption. For cooling, the latest flagship notebook houses an intelligent cooling system that dynamically switches between active and passive modes for efficient and silent cooling performance, while the two HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans 2.0 feature larger fins to produce a higher air output," says Huawei.

Wang Yinfeng, a president at the company offers the following statement about the refreshed laptop.

As an ultra-slim flagship notebook, the all-new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro epitomizes Huawei’s signature design and craftsmanship. Meanwhile, the breakthroughs in the touch-enabled Ultra FullView display, power consumption, performance and all-scenario connectivity empower consumers to stay productive anytime, anywhere. The premium aesthetics, innovative technology and intelligence are engrained in the DNA of the MateBook X Pro Series, and the latest iteration exemplifies that heritage. It is our most powerful, portable and intelligent all-purpose device yet, and we’re excited to bring that to the hands of consumers.

HUAWEI shares the MateBook X Pro specifications below.

Size: 13.9 inches
Type: LTPS
Screen-to-body ratio: 91% Resolution: 3000x2000, 260PPI Aspect ratio: 3:2

Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Color: sRGB 100% color gamut Contrast: 1500:1
Maximum Brightness: 450 nits Touchscreen: 10-point, anti-fingerprint

Display

Dimensions: 14.6mm × 304mm × 217mm Weight: Approximately 1.33kg
Color: Mystic Silver, Space Gray

Appearance

Processor

8th Generation Intel CoreTM i7-8565U processor

8th Generation Intel CoreTM i5-8265U processor

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 with 2GB GDDR5 / Intel UHD Graphics 620

Memory

8GB / 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz

Hard Drive

256GB / 512GB/ 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD

x1 Fingerprint Power Button 2.0 x1 3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack x1 Thunderbolt 3
x2 USB-C

x1 USB-A (USB 3.0, max output 5V/2A)

Buttons and Ports

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz 300Mbps, 5GHz 1733Mbps, 2x2 MIMO

Bluetooth

BT 5.0 (compatible with BT 4.2 and 2.1+EDR)

Camera

Front camera: 1MP

Audio. Configuration

Quad Digital Microphones and Quad Speakers

Material: Lithium Polymer
57.4Wh (Typical Capacity)
According to tests conducted by Huawei in Huawei’s laboratory environment.

Battery

HUAWEI USB-C Power Adapter 65W For devices with a PD protocol: output 20V/3.25A, 15V/3A, 12V/2A, 9V/2A, 5V/2A;

Otherwise:output5V/2A;
Support multiple output modes, and quick charge for different devices.

Power adapter
Audio

Dolby Atmos Sound System

HUAWEI Share1 3.0 HUAWEI PC Manager2 Microsoft Translator Monitor Manager Factory Reset

Eye Comfort Mode

Featured Applications
In-box Accessories

HUAWEI USB-C Power Adapter 65W

"The 14-inch HUAWEI MateBook 14 is equipped with Huawei’s signature FullView display, with the top and side bezels measuring at only 4.9mm. The narrow bezels allow the small body of the device to accommodate a larger display, resulting in a class-leading screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. Unlike other manufacturers, Huawei equipped the HUAWEI MateBook 14 with a 3:2 display, effectively increasing the viewable area by 8.4 percent from that of the more common 16:9 displays. This ratio makes the HUAWEI MateBook 14 more ergonomic and better suited for productivity tasks, as it allows content to be displayed in the most complete manner," explains HUAWEI.

The company further says, "Displaying unprecedented performance, HUAWEI MateBook 14 is powered by up to the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake) processor. Inside the HUAWEI MateBook 14 is a PCIe x4 SSD, ensuring a smooth and stable experience across any productivity and content creation operations. Additionally, the HUAWEI MateBook 14 features the latest high-performance NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 GPU (TDP 25W) with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM. The discrete GPU empowers creative individuals to excel at any graphics or video editing task."


HUAWEI shares the MateBook 14 specifications below

Size: 14 inches
Screen-to-body ratio: 90%
Resolution: 2160 x 1440, 185 PPI Aspect ratio: 3:2
Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Color: sRGB 100% color gamut Contrast: 1000:1
Maximum Brightness: 300 nits (Typical)

Display

Dimensions (H × W × D): 307.5mm×223.8mm×15.9mm Weight: approximately 1.49 kg1
Color: Space Gray, Mystic Silver

Appearance

Operating System

Windows 10 Home 64-bit or Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Available as one of the options)

Processor

8th Gen Intel CoreTM i5-8265U processor

8th Gen Intel CoreTM i7-8565U processor

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 620 / NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5

Memory

8GB / 16GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz

Hard Drive

256GB / 512GB PCI-e × 4 lane SSD

x1 Fingerprint Power Button 2.0
x1 3.5 mm Headset and Microphone 2-in-1 Jack
x1 USB-C port (support data transfer, DisplayPort and Charging) x1 USB-A 3.0 port
x1 USB-A 2.0 port
x1 HDMI

Buttons and Ports

Wi-Fi

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

Bluetooth

BT 5.0 (compatible with BT4.2, BT4.1, BT4.0, BT3.0, BT2.1+EDR)

Camera

Front camera: 1MP

Audio configuration

Dolby Atmos

Battery

Material: Lithium polymer 57.4Wh (Typical Capacity)

HUAWEI USB-C Power Adapter 65W

  •   Input: 110 V–240 V AC, 50/60Hz
  •  Output: 5V/2A, 9V/2A,12V/2A, 15V/3A, 20V/3.25A
    Support multiple output modes, and quick charge for different devices.

Power adapter

HUAWEI Share 3.02HUAWEI PC Manager3 Monitor Manager HUAWEI Factory Reset Eye Comfort Mode

Featured Applications
In-box Accessories

HUAWEI USB-C Power Adapter 65W

The all-new MateBook 14 will be available to purchase later this month in two configurations -- Core i5/8GB/512GB/MX250 for 1199€ and Core i7/16GB/512GB/MX250/Touchscreen for 1499€. The refreshed MateBook X Pro can be had in April, and it too will come in two configurations -- Core i5/8GB/512GB/MX250/TouchScreen for 1599€ and i7/16GB/1TB/MX250/ TouchScreen for 1999€. Yes, HUAWEI is listing the prices in Euros at this time, but the company does say these laptops will come to North America.

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