The Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the US

Chris Davies - May 21, 2018, 9:51am CDT
The Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the US

Huawei’s MateBook X Pro, the MacBook-rivaling ultraportable notebook that proves the company can make some seriously impressive design, is now available in the US. Announced back at Mobile World Congress, the 13.9-inch notebook gets a 3K resolution touchscreen with minimal bezels, along with a clever way to hide its webcam for both aesthetic and security reasons.

In fact, glance across the usual places you might expect to find a webcam on a laptop, and you’ll come up short on the MateBook X Pro. That’s because Huawei has in fact hidden it in the middle of the F-key row. Press the button between F6 and F7, and it pops up to reveal the 1-megapixel camera.

When it’s depressed, meanwhile, it’s completely powered off. The rest of the keyboard is backlit and spill-resistant, and sits above an oversized trackpad. A fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power button, and multiple prints can be stored and assigned to different user accounts on the same notebook.

The rest of the MateBook X Pro is made of aluminum alloy, and measures 0.57-inches thick. It tips the scales at 2.93 pounds, though still manages to squeeze in a USB-C ports, Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are also four speakers, supporting Dolby ATMOS, along with 802.11ac WiFi.

Huawei has two versions of the MateBook X Pro to choose between. Each gets a 13.9-inch 3,000 x 2,000 FullView touchscreen with 10-finger multitouch. The entry-level model has an 8th Generation Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of LPDDR3 2,133 MHz memory, and a 256 GB NVMe PCIe SSD, together with Intel UHD Graphics 620.

Those wanting more power, meanwhile, can get a version with an 8th Gen Core i7-8550U processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. That also gets discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, with 2GB of dedicated video memory. It’s the version of the notebook we reviewed back in April, and came away mightily impressed by for its combination of performance and design.

Either way, there’s a 57.4 Wh battery. Huawei says that should last for up to 12 hours of 1080p video playback, 14 hours of office work, or 15 hours of web browsing.

The Core i5 MateBook X Pro is available to order in the US now, priced at $1,199.99; it’s offered in Space Gray and Mystic Silver. The Core i7 version, meanwhile, is $1,499.99. It, though, only comes in Space Gray.

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