Hunting for a MacBook Pro alternative? You might want to have a look at Huawei’s new Matebook X. It was launched along with two other devices.
We all know Huawei as a top manufacturer of smartphones and other wireless communication devices. But recently, the company ventured into the production of laptops. Recently, Huawei announced two new laptops, the Matebook X and the Matebook D. Also, the company announced a new version of the Matebook E, which is a Windows 10 tablet.
At first glance, you might mistake it for a 12-inch MacBook. But make no mistake; the Matebook X has closer specs to the MacBook Pro. The Matebook X is actually slimmer than the MacBook Pro, weighing just 1.05 kilograms, with a thickness of just 12.5mm. It comes with an Intel U-Series processor, and the power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Also, the aluminum chassis comes in gold, grey and pink.
Furthermore, the laptop comes with Dolby’s Atmos sound system, which features integrated software and hardware solutions for superior sound quality. The speakers, which are located just above the keyboard, were designed in collaboration with Dolby, along with the preloaded software that optimizes the sound. Reportedly, this results in dynamic sound that feels just like real life. Note that this is the first laptop to come with Dolby’s Atmos sound system.
Let’s not forget about the screen. The Matebook X has a 2K resolution display, with 4.4mm bezels (really narrow), and a 3:2 screen ratio, which is perfect for office or school work.
Here are the full specifications for the Huawei Matebook X:
- 2,160×1,440-pixel resolution screen (non-touch)
- Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB/512GB SSD
- Full-size Chiclet backlit keyboard
- Two USB-C ports
- Includes multiport adapter
- Estimated 10-hour battery life.
The Matebook D is like a larger version of the Matebook X with a lower-resolution screen. However, it comes with a Nvidia GeForce 930MX GPU for better gaming graphics. Here are the specs for the Matebook D:
- 6-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution (non-touch)
- 7th gen Intel i5 or i7 CPU
- Estimated 8.5 hour battery life
- Dolby Atmos sound system
- Up to 1TB HDD
- Full USB, USB-C and HDMI ports
The Huawei Matebook E tablet is an update on last year’s model. That version had an iPad pro-like chassis, but did not include the keyboard case. The new tablet corrects this mistake, and it comes with a higher 2K-resolution screen. It also offers an optional upgrade to an Intel i5 processor. The Matebook E tablet is available in gray or gold. Furthermore, the tablet charges and transfers data through its USB-C port, and its volume rocker doubles as a fingerprint sensor.
Here are the full specifications of the Matebook E:
- 2,160×1,440-pixel resolution touchscreen
- Intel M3 or i5 CPU
- 4GB/8GB RAM (8GB only in US)
- 128GB/256GB/512GB internal storage
- USB-C port
- Estimated 9-hour battery life
Huawei is yet to announce pricing and availability for the devices. The prices will determine if these devices are a good deal compared to the alternatives. The Matebook X is a good alternative for anyone interested in the 12-inch MacBook Pro, but with Windows 10. Also, the Matebook E would work just fine for someone who wants an iPad Pro with Windows.