Huawei kickstarted MWC 2018 with the MateBook X Pro. The Windows 10 laptop sports a 13.9-inch FullView 3K display with a 91% screen to body ratio. It is powered by the latest Intel Core processors, and has a solid metal build.
The 10-point touch-screen has an LTPS panel protected by Gorilla Glass. The MateBook X Pro features quad speakers and Dolby Atmos Sound system for immersive sound. There are 4 microphones as well which can pick up sound easily from 4 metres away. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the power button.
Coming to MateBook X Pro's party piece, it doesn't have a camera on the display bezel. Instead the front facing camera is present on the keyboard. You click on a key on the keyboard to bring up the webcam. The strange placement makes sure you are unable to use the webcam for real work. This is far more awful than Dell's implementation where the camera tends to look up your nose than your face.
The bezel-less design is appreciated, but the webcam gimmick is just that. The rest of the design is clearly inspired from a MacBook with an ultra-large trackpad, thin-profile keys which are backlit and all around metal casing. Even the center cut at the bottom which you use to lift the display up, is clearly copied from a MacBook.
However, unlike the MacBook Pro, the port selection on the MateBook X Pro is rather good. You get a full-sized USB-A 3.0 port, HDMI, 2 USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack but no SD Card slot.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro Windows 10 laptop comes in Mystic Silver and Space Grey color options. You can get it in the following configurations:
- Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage variant priced at 1499 Euros ($2300 / Rs. 1,50,000 approx.)
- Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage priced at 1699 Euros ($2090 / Rs. 1,35,000 approx.)
- Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage priced at 1899 Euros ($1840 / Rs. 1,19,000 approx.)
In will be going on sale in Q2-2018 in China, USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Nordic, and Saudi Arabia.