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(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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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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