Huawei has just taken the wraps off its latest flagship notebook PC in Barcelona—the MateBook X Pro. The sleek, powerful workhorse headlines the brand’s impressive 2020 notebook line-up that includes the MateBook 13, MateBook D 15 and MateBook D 14.
In 2018, Huawei wowed the world with the introduction of the original MateBook X Pro—a stylish, premium notebook boasting the first-ever FullView display, top-flight performance and smart connectivity. It was a grand entry for the brand into unfamiliar territory (although it did make an attempt with the Matebook 2-in-1 in 2016). Truth be told, it impressed critics with its craftsmanship and performance—propelling Huawei into the big leagues of the PC business.
Fast-forward to 2020, the new generation MateBook X Pro follows a similar path. Clearly targeted at the executive and professional crowd, the MateBook X Pro boasts a CNC-machined metallic unibody with a premium sandblasted finish. It’s sleek and elegant if familiar-looking (hello, MacBook Pro).
Now available in Mystic Silver, Space Gray and new Emerald Green colourways, the device weighs just 1.33kg and measures a mere 14.6mm thick. By the way, on the new Emerald Green colour option, there’s a gold Huawei logotype emblazoned on the top lid, giving it a classic look.
I must admit, it looks and feels good, just like its predecessor.
What will take your breath away is likely to be the 13.9-inch 3:2 Ultra FullView display, that stretches edge-to-edge of the top cover, giving the notebook an impressive 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. The LTPS panel supports up to a 3K resolution (3000×200) and 100 percent of the sRGB colour gamut. Moreover, the panel supports 10-point multi-touch.
Under the hood, the MateBook X Pro comes powered with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U and i5-10210U processors mated to the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 RAM. The notebook also features an improved intelligent cooling system that includes two new Huawei Shark Fin Fans (version 2.0) that are larger than previous, for higher air output. An intelligent filtering technology provides real-time system temperature monitoring.
The full-size chiclet keyboard has decent travel with keys nicely spaced out, although feel-wise it’s disappointingly too much like the MacBook Pro. The integrated trackpad is massive, hence excellent and it also comes with a fingerprint sensor built into the power button on the top right of the keyboard. Let’s not forget the famous recessed camera that sits discreetly alongside the function keys of the keyboard.
The notebook comes integrated with quad stereo speakers that are optimised for Dolby Atmos as well as a series of expansion ports that include two USB-C (one Thunderbolt 3) ports, one USB-A 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The MateBook X Pro packs a massive 56Whr battery that fast charges with a 65W Type-C PD charger. The charger also supports Huawei SuperCharge for supported Huawei phones.
Connectivity-wise, the MateBook X Pro features super-fast Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.
The company’s famed Huawei Share feature that includes Multi-screen collaboration is a key selling proposition. It enables you to transfer files between notebook and smartphone via drag and drop, and also screen shares the smartphone on the notebook.
The MateBook X Pro runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box.
Pricing and availability
The new MateBook X Pro will be available from April 2020 in Europe, Asia Pacific, Russia, Latin America, Japan, and the Middle East. Pricing is as follows:
- MateBook X Pro – i5/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/Touchscreen – EUR1,499 (~MYR6,874)
- MateBook X Pro – i5/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/MX250/Touchscreen – EUR1,699 (~MYR7,792)
- MateBook X Pro – i7/16GB RAM/1GB SSD/MX250/Touchscreen – EUR1,999 (~MYR9,168)
For more information, visit Huawei.