#HUAWEIMateBookProX: There’s certainly an invisible battle going on in the tech industry especially as the Mobile World Congress is ongoing in Barcelona, Spain. Brands are shunning out new devices to outdo each other. The latest talk now is Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro.
It is obvious that Huawei is taking the tech world by force having made attempts to directly challenge the dominant smartphone players Samsung and Apple. The Chinese technology firm is now going after laptops with the MateBook X Pro, attempting to out-“Pro” Apple’s MacBook Pro.
“The MateBook X Pro has the world’s first full-view screen in a notebook, featuring a massive 91% screen to body ratio, which is down to the amount of engineering work we’ve done to reduce the bezels around the display,” said Peter Gauden, senior product marketing manager for Huawei. “With a 178-degree viewing angle range, if you’re working on confidential documents on a plane or train you’re going to have to invest in a privacy screen because everyone is going to be able to see what you’re working on – it’s that good.”
The MateBook X Pro comes with the latest Intel 8th generation quad-core i7 U series processor, up to 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia MX150 discrete graphics processor with 2GB of memory. It also supports Thunderbolt 3, has two USB-C ports, a USB-A port and headphones socket, squeezed into a wedge shape that tapers from 16.6mm to 4.9mm, weighing 1.33kg.
You won’t find much bezel on Huawei’s latest machine, and because of that, the designers had to find a different spot for the camera. Thankfully, they didn’t go the Dell XPS 13 route and stash it on the lower right corner, nor did they center it where the logo normally appears on the bottom edge. Instead, it lives in a false button, right in the middle of the top row of function keys. Press it, and the camera pops out with a satisfying click.
The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner, which Huawei says will start and securely log into Windows from cold in under eight seconds. The laptop also has four speakers – two treble speakers at the back and two bass speakers at the front – supporting Dolby’s Atmos sound system.
The battery capacity is 41.4Whr (5,449mAh at 7.6V), Huawei claims six hours of usage from 30 minutes charge. The charger supports various wattages so your other devices can fast charge too.
Huawei embeds a fingerprint sensor in the power button, and this logs you in. The company reckons you’ll go from cold to a functioning Windows 10 desktop in 7.8 seconds.
Huawei used a more powerful Kaby Lake R Intel Core M processor rather than a parsimonious U part, because it reckons its battery and power technology is sufficiently superior to anything else on the market.
Along the left side, you’ll find a headphone jack beside a pair of USB Type-C ports, though only one of them is equipped with Thunderbolt 3. On the opposite edge, thank goodness, is a USB 3.0 port – something becoming increasingly less common in laptops this thin and light.
Come March when the Laptop will be out officially for sale, we’ll know really if Huawei are Apple’s biggest threat.