(MWC 2018) Huawei MateBook X Pro Hands-on, Quick Review: A Display To Die For

We check out Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro!

While Huawei is set to unveil its next flagship in Paris, France roughly a month from now the Chinese company still found time to announce a new entry into their MateBook line of productivity-focused notebooks. The MateBook X Pro is a thin-and-light notebook with a twist, possesing impossibly thin bezels and a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

Initial Impressions: A notebook that would give the MacBook a run for its money

Huawei’s taken a few notes from how Apple designs their notebooks with the MateBook X Pro. The slate grey coloration looks a little too Apple-ish for our taste, though we have to admit the outside of the notebook looks real good.

Once you open the lid you’re treated to the gorgeous 14-inch, 3K LTPS display of the MateBook X Pro. You’ll immediately see the tiny bezels on the notebook, which gives it a 91% screen-to-body ratio and a footprint of a 12-inch notebook despite having a huge 14-inch display.

It’s a gorgeous display for sure, and despite being just 3K resolution (3000×2000 pixels) it’s more than enough for both productivity tasks and consuming video content.

Eliminating the bezels of the notebook meant Huawei had to work around a few hardware problems, specifically where to put the front-facing webcam. While that may sound like a trivial problem (just remove it!) many corporate customers require that webcam to talk to colleagues and customers. To deal with that issue, Huawei hid the webcam under a special key that reveals it when activated. It’s a clever and practical solution to that particular problem.

The MateBook X Pro also has a quad-speaker system that’s Dolby Atmos certified as well as a power button that also acts as the notebook’s fingerprint scanner (very clever). Because of thin and light nature of the notebook, it doesn’t have a lot of ports – you’re looking at a Thunderbolt 3, two USB-C ports, a USB-A port and 3.5mm jack.

The MateBook X Pro will be available in a number of configurations: an Intel 8th generation Core i5 variant paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a 8th generation Core i7 variant with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and a 8th generation Core i7 variant with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. You can also have the MateBook X Pro with either built-in Intel HD graphics or NVIDIA’s MX150 GPU.

Here’s the expected pricing for the notebook:

i5/8GB RAM/256GB SSD – 1499 Euro (~Php 95.5K)
i7/8GB RAM/512GB SSD – 1699 Euro (Php 108.3k)
i7/16GB/512GB SSD – 1899Euro (~Php 121k)

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