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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  • rocky12345 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    I still stand by what I said about the i5 version it should be no more than $1000 maybe $1050 at most it is lacking to many of the upgrades you get in the i7 version to warrant a $1200 price tag Reply
  • SFNR1 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    you're right, the i5 is too expensive and the upgrade sounds more like apples' "here is the entry model with 64gb and here is the other model with 256gb. 128 you ask? no way". 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
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    We were doing so good until the underchin nostril cam. Reply
  • SFNR1 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    depends on how often you need the front-facing camera. For me, that would be zero times a year. Reply
  • vanilla_gorilla - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Agreed, I'd prefer it with no camera at all. Reply
  • SFNR1 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    and this is why i find this solution just perfect. Just close the "key" and the camera is gone. No need for a "privacy shutter" or something like that. Good job Huawei! Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Again, I'll say that I'd prefer a detachable webcam module that goes on the top of the screen (e.g. via a small USB port). That way, you know when the webcam is on or off, and it's in the right place. Reply
  • ionuts - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    I need its bigger brother: 3:2 larger display (w/ small bezels), GTX 1060 or above, 6-core i7, all USB-C. Reply
  • boeush - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    I'll second that - in a 15.6 or 17" form-factor, with CPU TDP at 35 W or higher...

    Also: if you're going to go for a pop-up camera, why can't you design one to pop up from the top of the display instead of the keyboard?!? If it can be done on a phone, it can surely be done on a laptop!

    https://www.cnet.com/news/the-vivo-nex-has-a-pop-u...
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