Huawei, the China-based company which is known for making smartphones and smartwatches, has now a new offering — a laptop. While it launched Matebook was launched last year, it missed on several aspects. But now, the company is at it again, with a trio of new laptops, especially the MateBook X, that look to build out the company’s computer offerings.
First among the offerings is MateBook X, which is a 13-inch Windows 10 ultraportable. It features a traditional aluminum clamshell design instead of a 2-in-1 configuration and has Intel Core i5 and i7 processors instead of the less powerful Core M series. Also, it is claimed to last up to 10 hours while watching 1080p video on a single charge.
It has a 13-inch display that offers a 3:2 aspect ratio at 2K resolution with a 4.4mm bezel. However, the display is not a touchscreen. It comes with two storage options — 256GB or 512GB SSD options, while the power button also doubles as a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader. It’ll be available in two RAM options — 4GB or 8GB.
It uses USB-C and comes with a pair of ports — one for charging, and one for data transfer. Huawei is including a MateDock 2.0 USB-C dongle in the box in some markets, which offers a regular USB Type-A port, DVI, HDMI, and a second USB-C port for pass-through charging.
The company has also partnered with Dolby for the Atmos Sound System, which combines hardware and software elements from Dolby to offer a better sound experience. From the looks of it, the device is thin, light, fast, and if Huawei’s promises about battery life hold up, then this could be a really good portable laptop.
The Huawei MateBook X laptop will be available in three color options — gold, grey, and pink. At 12.5mm thick and weighing 2.31 pounds, it is slimmer and lighter than the comparable MacBook Pro, which is 15mm thick and weighs about 3.02 pounds.
Apart from MateBook X, the company has also launched MateBook E and MateBook D. The MateBook E is an updated version of the original MateBook. It has upgraded screen to a 2K panel from 1080p and improves the magnets connecting the folio to the table. Huawei claims that the MateBook E offers up to nine hours of battery life.
Lastly, there’s the MateBook D — a 15-inch computer targeting a wider, mid-range group of customers. Specs on the MateBook D include a 1080p display, configurations offering Intel’s i5 and i7 processor, 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM, and a choice between a 1TB hard drive by itself or an additional SSD.