Huawei’s latest Windows laptops offer speed and style in compact and lightweight packages
Huawei entered the Windows market last year with the Huawei Matebook, and now it’s back with its latest machines, the Matebook E, Matebook D, and Matebook X. Here’s what you need to know.
The highlight of this new lineup is, without a doubt, the Matebook X. This is Huawei’s first true laptop, and it’s a direct competitor to Apple’s 12-inch Macbook and Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop. The Matebook X offers up a 13-inch, 2160×1440 display with minimal bezels. Wrapped in a 12.5mm thick, 2.31 pound all-metal body, the X is powered by an Intel Core i5 or i7 paired with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.
The Matebook X also offers up gray, gold, and rose gold color options. It also includes Dolby Atmos enhancements for audio and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button. Further, the machine offers up two USB-C ports and a headphone jack as its only ports (Huawei will offer up a selection of adapters as well) and a battery that claims up to 10 hours of video playback on a charge. Pricing starts at about EUR1399.
Further, the Matebook E is a revision of the original model, offering up a Surface Pro-esque design with a tablet and attachable keyboard. The improved keyboard offers a better typing experience, and the machine has an improved hinge that adjusts up to 160-degrees. The E also offers a 2160×1440 display, nine hours of video playback on a charge, and up to an Intel Core i5 processor. Pricing starts at EUR999 depending on configuration.
Lastly, there’s the new Matebook D. This is a machine designed for “casual gamers” which offers a larger 15.6-inch 1080p display, a larger array of ports including full-size USB and HDMI. Further, the machine offers stronger specifications with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, SSD and HDD storage for extra breathing room, and an included 2GB NVIDIA GTX940M graphics card. This should also open the machine up to use for video editors. Interestingly, the Matebook D is also the least expensive of the bunch, with a starting price of just EUR799. It’s unclear at this time where these laptops will be sold outside of Europe.