Huawei MateBook X Pro – The Ideal Shape of MacBook Pro
A Chinese smartphone brand (well-known) isn’t really known for manufacturing laptops but its Huawei MateBook X Pro in Australia and other regions could change all that. Not only it’s backed by an impressive, high-resolution display and speedy performance, but its battery lasts you all day long. However, MateBook’s design and name both beg for evaluations to MacBook Pro, but Huawei’s MateBook X Pro’s keyboard is quite comfortable.
High price and relentlessly limited availability is the only thing standing between you and its magnificence. Also, some niggling issues with its screen and battery life mean that it falls short of being the perfect Ultrabook. Here is Huawei MateBook X Pro review including its specs, release date, and prices.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Release Date
Huawei announced its MateBook X Pro at MWC 2018 a couple of days ago but doesn’t announce when it will go on sale. Very much unlike UK and US, Huawei MateBook release date in Australia is expected in Q2 indicating that it could be from now until the end of May.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Price
There are three models: Two with a Core i5, whereas the other one with a Core i7. The MateBook X Pro with Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, costs about 1899 euros which means MateBook X Pro price in Australia is about $3050. The other model with Core i5/8GB/256GB costs 1499 euros (about AU$2390).
Huawei MateBook X Pro Specifications
Here is a quick overview of Huawei MateBook X Pro specs and expected features.
- CPU/GPU: SKU1: Inter Core i5-8250U + Intel UHD Graphics 620
- CPU/GPU: SKU2: Intel Core i7-8500U + Nvidia MX150 (2GB RAM)
- Windows 10 Operating System
- Audio - Quad Speakers with Dolby Atmos, Quad Far-Field Microphones
- Screen: 13.9-inches 3000 x 2000 LTPS (260 PPI) Display
- 1MP Pop-Up Web Cam
- 256/512 SS (NVMe) Storage
- 1.33KG Weight
- 8/16GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Wi-Fi- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2×2 MIMO
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- 4.1 Bluetooth
- 304 x 217 x 14.6mm Dimensions
- 57.4Wh (Non-Removable) Battery
Huawei MateBook X Pro Design
The Huawei MateBook X Pro reminds a lot of Apple’s MacBook Pro in terms of design and that’s a good thing. It is slim and you can easily open its lid with a single hand, a hallmark of Apple’s notebooks. It boasts a glossy slanting edge around its keyboard deck and here is where the Apple’s MacBook lacks.
A Thunderbolt 3 port, USB Type C port, and a headphone jack are mounted on the left side of the MateBook. Its boxy, USB 3.0 Type-A port sits on the right side.
Most interestingly, MateBook’s power buttons can be used as a fingerprint scanner, while the Spectre 13 doesn’t have one.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Display
The 13.9-inches IPS 3000 x 2000 pixels display is an impressive and provides plenty of details and brightness. The display produces up to 458 nits making it one of the sunniest laptops to ever cross your desk and it’s powerful enough for colors to stay strong at 80 degrees to the right and left.
Moreover, a 13.9-inches touchscreen of Huawei’s MateBook X Pro responses to your touch accurately as you navigate the desktop. It speedily registers edge-swipes for navigating Windows 10.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Keyboard and Touchpad
A stunning typing experience on Huawei MateBook X Pro is another advantage over Apple’s MacBook Pro which as incredibly narrow keys. However, Huawei MateBook X Pro comes with a low-quality keyboard, but it’s not as low as Apple’s MacBook Pro. You will get an extra few millimeters of travel, which for money making if quite prettier to type on along with plenty of clicky. Large spaces between buttons also help keep typos to a minimum.
The glass-topped touchpad, in the meantime, inhabits around 50% of the palm rest. Besides, it’s loaded with mechanical buttons which are soft enough when clicking double as well as numerous Multitouch gestures are there that are easy to carry out.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Performance
The MateBook X Pro will be available in two configurations. The basic model boasts an Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. The other one is far heavier with an Intel Core i7-5880U, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD storage.
As you expect, this powerful hardware performs excellently in 4K benchmarks. The MateBook X Pro ranked ahead of similarly-priced 13-inches MacBook Pro and Dell’s Kaby Lake-loaded XPS 13 from last year.
Further down the line, the NVMe is quick and produces consecutive read and write speeds of 2.3GB per second and 417MB per second – based on AS SSD benchmark test.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Audio
The Huawei MateBook X Pro comes with a lot of sweet sounds which are ideal for a medium-size conference room. You can listen to accurate vocals, crisp, jangly drum cymbals, and solid thumping bass.
The MateBook is being supported by Dolby Atmos audio and sports speakers in all four corners. It provides a solid balance for all kinds of media such as your favorite tunes, trailers, and interviews.
Besides, Huawei MateBook X Pro is a great combination of quad speakers and split frequency which offers woofer with deep, booming bass and tweeters along with a clean triple. The Dolby Atmos Sound System reduces distortion and captures details to create an exquisite 3D sound experience.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Camera
The MateBook X Pro comes with a 1MP front camera which is fixed under a key positioned between the F6 and F7 key. It is absolutely one of the best security features that are implemented on it. The camera only pops up when you want it to. It is considered as a safeguard for your privacy.
Huawei MateBook X Pro Battery
The Huawei MateBook X Pro won’t let you down in terms of power as its one of the longest-lasting Ultrabooks providing close to all-day battery power with a light use on a single charge. According to Mag Battery Test, it lasts almost 9 hours and 55 minutes. This runtime is about an hour longer as compared to the Spectre 3 and XPS 13 and the 4K XPS 13.
- A gorgeous and stunning design.
- The keyboard and touchpad both are great.
- The display is crisp, vibrant and high-contrast
- Perfect speakers for a medium-size room.
- Long-lasting battery.
- MX150 performs behind similar rivals.
- The webcam is located weirdly.
- US prices are yet to be announced.
Without a doubt, fantastic trim-bezel screen, loads of power on top, rich ports such as full-size USB and a great-looking finish making Huawei MateBook X Pro one of the best laptops around. Would you upgrade yourself with MateBook X Pro if everything turns out to be true? We look forward to reading your comments.