Huawei updates MateBook X and MateBook 14 laptops

Huawei today announced its new 13-inch MateBook X and 14-inch MateBook 14 at the Huawei Developer Conference 2020.

Huawei MateBook X. Image source: Huawei

The MateBook X has a new Infinite FullView display, featuring a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The display uses a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution LTPS panel that supports 100 per cent of the sRGB colorspace, making it a good choice for media editing.

Crafted from a magnesium-aluminum alloy metal unibody, the MateBook X weighs just 1kg or 2.2lbs. The laptop is just 13.6mm at its thickest point and 4mm at the thinnest. On stage, Huawei also touted that the laptop is smaller than an A4 piece of paper and can be held with just two fingers.

The MateBook X can have up to an Intel 10th Gen Core i7-10510U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. The unit is passively cooled, an ambitious design goal given the processor’s thermal design power (TDP). Huawei said that the heat can be distributed across a large portion of the chassis.

The company says the MateBook X can endure 9 hours of media playback. The touchpad has been enlarged by 20 per cent and supports Huawei Share, an NFC pairing technology that projects a phone’s display onto the laptop’s.

Unfortunately, the webcam is embedded in the keyboard, so expect some awkward shots from down under.

The MateBook X will be available in October starting at €1599 for the baseline i5 model.

Huawei MateBook 14. Image source: Huawei

Huawei has also updated MateBook 14. the MateBook 14 has the same 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, but is slightly heavier at 1.49 kg. Despite having a larger 14-inch screen, the MateBook 14 sports a lower resolution of 2160 x 1440p.

Whereas the MateBook X uses Intel processors, the MateBook 14 uses AMD’s Ryzen processors. The top-end option is the Ryzen 7 4800H, an 8 core/16 thread chip with a demanding 40W TDP. Although it requires beefier cooling, the MateBook 14 is only 2.3mm thicker than the passively cooled MateBook X. Huawei said it achieved this by using two new Shark Fin fans that push 39 per cent more air and reducing the mainboard size to allow for higher airflow.

Image source: Huawei Developer Conference

Other specifications include up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB SSD, and a keyboard with a longer 1.3mm key travel.

Powering the laptop is a 56Wh battery, the same as the previous generation. But with the more powerful chip, Huawei now quotes 10 hours of 1080p video playback instead of the 14.5 of the previous generation.

And just as the MateBook X, the MateBook 14 also sports a popup webcam embedded in the keyboard.

The MateBook 14 will be available in October starting at €849.

It’s currently unclear whether the global launch will include Canada given the current political climate.

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