Huawei does not really need to upgrade its best-in-class Huawei MateBook X Pro, but it did it with the Huawei MateBook 13.
At CES 2019, we briefly tested the laptop, which was immediately impressive. Huawei has managed to make global improvements from design to power profile, which makes us wonder why Huawei intends to sell it alongside last year’s MateBook X Pro.
Anyway, after testing the MateBook 13, it’s clear that Huawei is not only looking for Apple’s new MacBook Air, but is also establishing itself as one of the best notebook makers.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Huawei sells two configurations of the MateBook 13 notebook, an entry-level version and a high-end version, but both contain the same 13-inch touch screen, 2,560 x 1,440 (220 pixels per inch) with a format ratio of 3: 2 and 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory as well as the fingerprint reader.
Otherwise, the more affordable model includes an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor with integrated graphics processor and 256GB SSD storage for $ 999 for a minimum cost of $ 999. At the same time, a model at $ 1,299 (around £ 1,020, $ 1,825) with an Intel Core i7 processor and a discrete Nvidia MX150 graphics chip inside and a 512 GB SSD is available.
Both models also include a useful USB-C docking station in the box, as well as a free year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal.
This price cleverly reduces Apple’s latest $ 100 MacBook Air and remains very competitive compared to other competing Ultrabooks.
Both models will be available on Amazon, Newegg and other online stores in the US on Jan. 29, with greater retail availability starting in February. Huawei has not yet revealed prices and availability in the United Kingdom and Australia.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
You can not go wrong with the MateBook 13 as an extra refinement of the best-in-class Huawei MateBook X Pro 2018, but the company intends to sell both separately. You see, the MateBook 13 seems almost identical to the X Pro, barely smaller.
This laptop is finished in the same aluminum body as before in your choice of Space Gray or Mystic Silver color option. However, open the laptop and you will notice a key difference: the webcam has moved again.
Smartly hidden under the keyboard of the X Pro, Huawei designed this MateBook with a webcam resting above the screen. However, it is only intended for a megapixel, so do not expect a sharp image during video meetings.
Measuring just 15 mm (0.59 inches) and weighing just 1.28 kg (2.82 pounds), the MateBook 13 is a little heavier and in reality – hardly – thinner than the latest MacBook Air. This is impressive for a laptop with a full Intel mobile processor, two USB-C 3.1 ports and a headphone jack.
The keyboard and touchpad offered here are equally impressive, with a big stroke for the 1.2mm keys and the powerful and punchy feedback we need to type quickly. Likewise, the Microsoft Precision touchpad is as much a pleasure to use as it is wide and spacious.
Now, if you like the touch screen display of the X Pro, you will love it again on the MateBook 13. Although a little smaller, the screen always displays a 1440p image at 100% of the range sRGB color – and its touch-sensitive digitizer is always so vivid.
Add to that a contrast ratio of 1000: 1 and a brightness of up to 300 nits. You get an excellent display. However, the 3: 2 aspect ratio allows you to adjust more screen content vertically, but it means thicker bars above and below your videos in full screen.
Anyway, this is a perfectly designed laptop with an equally excellent display.
Of course, we can not say for sure how powerful the MateBook 13 is after a few minutes of use during a scrum, but we consider it rather optimistic. When comparing this laptop to others of its kind, the processor is paramount.
The Huawei MateBook 13 runs on full-featured, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, which means they require cooling fans or liquid methods, rather than the M or Y Series versions of these processors, which do not require no cooling. Specifically, Huawei uses its updated Shark Fin 2.0 fan cooling system, which is expected to keep the system 25% cooler than standard laptop fans with a central slot in the machine to separate heat between the processor and the processor. graphics processor.
This means that the MateBook 13 will inherently be more powerful than laptops with these fanless processors, such as the 2018 MacBook Air. Add an option for high-end discrete graphics, and you may wonder place will occupy these processors in more laptops.
Only 8 GB of memory, with no upgrade option, is worrisome, but at least it is high-speed at 2133 MHz.
In terms of lifetime, Huawei gives the MateBook 13 a local HD video playback time of up to 10 hours, or 9.6 hours for the model with Nvidia graphics. Of course, we will be the last judges. but, if it goes away, we could already watch the cell phone to beat from 2019.
We do not want to take the lead, but we generally expect the Huawei MateBook 13 to be a reference notebook in 2019. It is thinner than the MacBook Air while providing more power, in a design essentially identical to the one that impressed us the most.
Better yet, Huawei managed to move the webcam over the screen. Almost everywhere you look, the MateBook 13 is a clear improvement over the X Pro.
Although we are a little cautious about the 8GB of memory that barely overlaps and not enough, it’s not something that will make or break this notebook. From what we’ve seen so far, it will take a lot of things to break Huawei’s lead in our book.