Huawei has not been in the PC game very long, but in just a short couple of years they certainly raised the bar for the competition in the Ultrabook category. Today we’re taking a look at the latest Huawei MateBook X Pro, and with this release, the traditional PC makers need to stand up and take notice.

The MateBook X Pro features a laundry list of features you’d look for in a new Ultrabook. The PC world has fully embraced the thin-bezel revolution, and Huawei has taken this to an impressive 91% screen to body ratio on their latest Ultrabook, which features just 4.4 mm bezels all the way around. The small jump from the previous generation’s 88% was achieved by relocating the webcam to the keyboard, which we’ll cover later. In addition to the thin bezels, Huawei has kept the fantastic 3:2 aspect ratio display as the MateBook X, but increases the display size and resolution, to 13.9-inches and 3000x2000 respectively.

The laptop offers pretty much every feature you could hope for in thin and light Ultrabook, with Intel’s 8th generation Core U series processors in the i5-8250U and i7-8550U, both of which are Kaby Lake Refresh with four cores and eight threads. The Core i7 model also comes with NIVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 GPU, with 2 GB of GDDR5 and 384 CUDA cores, which should offer substantially more grunt than the Intel HD 630. RAM is 8 GB of the Core i5 and 16 GB of LPDDR3 on the Core i7, which is the maximum amount of LPDDR3 you can fit in a U series laptop.

Huawei Matebook X Pro (2018)
  Core i7
With MX 150 (model reviewed)
Core i5
Without MX 150
Processor CPU Intel Core i7-8550U Intel Core i5-8250U
Cores Quad Core with HT Quad Core with HT
Base Freq 1.8 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo Freq 4.0 GHz 3.6 GHz
L3 Cache 8 MB 6 MB
TDP PL1 = 15W PL1 = 15W
Graphics NVIDIA MX150
2GB GDDR5
384 CUDA Cores
Intel HD 630
24 EUs
300-1100 MHz
Display 13.9-inch 3000x2000 LTPS
100% sRGB
450 nits
1500:1 contrast ratio
10-point touch
DRAM 16 GB LPDDR3 8 GB LPDDR3
Storage 512 GB NVMe
PCIe 3.0 x 4
256 GB NVMe
PCIe 3.0 x 4
Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8275
802.11ac 2x2:2
Dual Band
Connectivity 1 x Type-C (Power and Data)
1 x TB3 (Power and Data)
1 x Type-A
3.5mm TRRS
Camera Spring Latch
1MP
Battery 57.4 Wh
Dimensions H x W x D 304 x 217 x 14.6 mm
Mass ~1.33 kg < 1.33 kg
Price $1499.99 USD $1199.99 USD

But the fun hasn’t stopped there. Huawei has also outfitted the MateBook X Pro with two USB-C ports which both support power and data, and one of them is also Thunderbolt 3 enabled. For those that still need access to normal USB, which is most people, there’s also a USB-A port as well. There’s no SD card slot, which would be the one thing that might be missed, but it’s a small sacrifice.

The MateBook X Pro also ships with the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 network adapter, which is a 2x2:2 adapter with 80 MHz channels, meaning a maximum connection speed of 867 Mbps, and integrated Bluetooth 4.2. Since Intel added MU-MIMO support, it’s easily the adapter of choice with great performance and high reliability.

Huawei has managed to pack in pretty much everything you could wish for in an Ultrabook, but they’ve still kept a thin and light design which we’ll take a look at now.

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  • SFNR1 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    if the spyware would be on the SSD, than yes ;-) . Reply
  • notashill - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    Are we not remembering the Windows Platform Binary Table 'feature' Lenovo used to automatically reinstall their spyware when the system was wiped with a fresh Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft? Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - link

    And, installing Windows 10 is installing spyware. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - link

    CPUs and other chips have built-in spyware now. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    Nice, on-topic comment for a change. Reply
  • eek2121 - Saturday, July 7, 2018 - link

    The problem is, we in the US are, oddly enough, in a position of 'guilty until proven innocent'. Back doors have been found in enough consumer hardware, accidental or otherwise, to raise serious concerns of security. Reply
  • rocky12345 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Coming from a company that is not as well known is this sector the prices are fairly steep. A i5 using Intel's graphics and only 8GB's DDR3L for $1199US is pretty sad I do not care how thin it is not worth more than $799US-$899US and even then that would be if it was from a better known company in this hardware sector. Reply
  • SFNR1 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    the base model is really quite expensive but the i7-verison i think, keeps it up with the xps and others out there Reply
  • rocky12345 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Yea the i7 model with the Graphics card an 16GB memory and larger 512Gb NVMe drive is priced a lot closer to what it should be and I guess if the build quality is good and will last as long as the big brand names systems do then it should be fine. Reply
  • rocky12345 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    I read the review again because the first time was just before I had to leave for work so I skimmed it. The i7 model is a pretty good deal for sure you get a lot of grunt for that $1500 and from what they said in the review the screen is pretty good and the build quality is good as well. If you want to tinker in some light duty gaming you can with the i7 model and Nvidia graphics. The battery time if also very impressive at least to me it was being that this is a laptop and not a tablet. Reply

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