Huawei Unveils More Powerful MateBook X Pro, New MateBook 14 With GeForce MX250 Graphics
Smartphones aren't all that get rolled out at MWC 2019, Huawei is pulling the covers off updated MateBook laptops, and one of them is an updated version of the high-end MateBook X Pro. The machine an Ultra FullView display that measures 13.9-inches and has a native resolution of 3000 x 2000. The LTPS panel used in the display supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut to help bring content to life. Huawei also baked in 10-point multi-touch and Finger Gestures Screenshot tech.
As for the hardware under the hood, the MateBook X Pro has 8th gen Intel Core i7-8565U or Core i5-8265U processors available. Graphics are handled via an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete GPU that has 2GB of GDDR5. Huawei says that the combination of CPU and GPU gives the MateBook X Pro the ability to do anything from content creation to light duty gaming. To keep the high-end hardware cool the notebook uses a pair of Huawei Shark Fin 2.0 Fans, with larger fins for higher air output. The fans reportedly work with intelligent filtering tech to give users real-time system temperature monitoring and a smoother fan curve to reduce noise.
Huawei integrated an audio system that features Dolby Atmos Sound with speakers that were co-designed in conjunction with Dolby. Power comes from a 57.4Wh battery with proprietary power-saving modes that promises all-day battery life. Share 3.0 OneHop software is included that allows for easy transfer of files between Windows and Android smartphones. Huawei says that the machine will launch this April in China, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and other locations. A laptop with the Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage starts at 1599€ (or about $1800 USD), with the machine powered by a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage at 1999€ (~ $2267 USD).
Huawei also launched the MateBook 14 globally aiming at the mainstream user. The MateBook 14 uses Huawei's FullView display that offers very thin 4.9mm, top and side bezels giving the notebook a screen to body ratio of 90%. The 14-inch MateBook has a 3:2 aspect ratio that gives 8.4% more viewable area than the typical 16:9 aspect ratio. Native resolution is 2160 x 1440 at 185ppi; the screen also supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Buyers can option the notebook with a 10-point touchscreen.
Other hardware includes up to an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8565U Whisky Lake processor. Storage is handled by a PCIe x4 SSD (we assume NVMe), and the machine also employs a GeForce MX 250 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5. Power is backed-up by a 57.4Wh battery that is claimed to be able to play Full HD videos for 15 hours per charge. A 65W power adapter allows for three hours of runtime with regular productivity work after a 15-minute charge.
Pricing varies depending on the model chosen; the entry-level MateBook 14 offers a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage for 1199€ (~ $1359 USD), while optioning the machine with a Core i7, 16GB of storage, 512GB SSD, and touchscreen pushes the price to 1499€ (or ~ $1700 USD). The MateBook 14 launches this April in China, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and other locations.