Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is what happens when designers boil down Microsoft’s Surface Book line to its essentials, sprinkling a bit of paranoia on top for extra flavor.
Huawei’s flagship notebook improves upon the Huawei Matebook X that the company launched last year. Now with a 3,000×2,000-pixel display that takes after the Surface Book line, the 13.9-inch notebook will be sold in three configurations, with prices beginning at 1,499 Euros ($1,845 USD). Huawei will ship it to North America this spring, the company said.
Three features distinguish the Matebook X Pro. First, the company is offering a discrete -graphics options within a 0.57-inch (14.6 mm) form factor—not ultrabook thin, but not as chunky as the 0.9-inch thick Surface Book 2, either. Huawei also achieved a 91-percent screen-to-body ratio, which helps pare down the bezel to create something that looks close to an edge-to-edge display. But that design feature also comes at a cost: Huawei removed the webcam and placed it underneath a function key on the keyboard.
Other features include a Dolby Atmos-powered set of four speakers, which the company promises will deliver an audio punch for consumers as well as professionals. The keyboard is also spillproof, which usually means there’s drainage below the keyboard in case water spills (but you could still be in trouble if what you spill is hot coffee or a sugary beverage). Integrated Huawei Share software facilitates file transfer between Huawei phones and the Matebook X Pro, the company said.
Huawei chose to go with USB-C across the board, both of which support data charging as well as I/O. If you’d like, an optional MateDock 2 docking station (price not disclosed) fits into one of the USB-C ports and provides a USB-A port, a USB-C port, one HDMI port, and a VGA connection.
Though battery life will obviously vary, Huawei claims the Matebook X will deliver 12 hours of video playback or 15 hours of web browsing.
Huawei’s never really cracked the North American market in the way that Dell, HP, or Lenovo have. But the Matebook X Pro appears to combine aesthetics with moderate horsepower—if you don’t mind showing off your double chin, that is