Notebook PC might not be their core business but according to Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, it is still an essential part of the company’s aim to deliver full range of digital life solutions to consumers. We certainly cast no doubt of Huawei’s commitment to the cause at the moment as the company has announced three new MateBook laptops in Berlin few hours ago.
Leading the pack is the MateBook X which features highly sleek aluminum unibody chassis that has a thickness of only 12.5mm. Hence, it is not surprising that Huawei dare to call it as the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop.
Despite its slim physique and fanless architecture, Huawei still manage to equip the laptop with U-series Intel Core processor which customers can choose from either Intel Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U. In order to dissipate heat produced by internal components within the laptop, the company implemented microencapsulated phase change material into the MateBook X.
In addition to its 13-inch IPS that has native resolution of 2160 x 1440 and protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, the 1.05kg laptop also comes with up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 512GB solid state drive. Furthermore, MateBook X is apparently the first laptop in the world to feature Dolby Atmos Sounds System which is a combination of hardware and software solution that is designed by Dolby itself.
MateBook X also comes with a fingerprint sensor that is integrated directly into its power button. Not to forget, Huawei claimed that the 41.4Whr battery within MateBook X allows the laptop to have a battery life of up to 10 hours. Since the laptop only comes with two USB Type-C ports and 3.5mm audio jack, it’s no surprise that Huawei will be releasing MateDock 2 to allow MateBook X to have additional ports including HDMI, VGA, and USB Type-A as well as another USB Type-C port.
Meanwhile, Huawei has also launched MateBook D which is slightly bulkier to MateBook X although still adhere to the company’s slim and compact theme for its latest laptops line-up. With a thickness of 16.9mm, the 1.9kg laptop comes standard with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display and can be obtained with either Intel Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U processor.
Just like MateBook X, MateBook D is also equipped with up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM and Dolby Atmos Sound System alongside the combination of 256GB solid state drive and 1TB hard drive. Surprisingly, Huawei choose to implement NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM into the laptop though instead of a much more recent and capable GTX 10 series GPU.
Last but not least, there is also the MateBook E which shared the similar 2-in-1 form factor with the original MateBook that the company launched last year. Huawei also retain the usage of Y-series Intel Core processors for the new tablet in which customers can choose from either Core m3-7Y30 or Core i5-7Y54.
Built with a 12-inch 2K IPS touch display, the MateBook E can also be obtained with up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 512GB solid state drive. With battery life of up to 9 hours, it also has a fingerprint reader on its side and dual speaker setup with Dolby Audio Premium enhancements.
Huawei also stated that it has improved the tablet’s Folio Keyboard which apparently has better keyboard and higher range of motion for its hinge that now goes up to 160 degrees. The company has also come out with the optional MatePen which offers 2048 level of pressure together with its own laser pointer and presentation clicker.
In terms of pricing, the MateBook X will be available at EUR 1399 (about RM 6,726) onwards while the starting price of MateBook D and MateBook E is EUR 799 (about RM 3,841) and EUR 999 (about RM 4,802) respectively. There are no signs so far that these new laptops from Huawei will be making their way to Malaysia but nevertheless, we’ll keep you updated once we receive any updates regarding them from Huawei Malaysia.