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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  • iwod - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    A Macbook Pro 13", with a less resolution Retina Screen, Dual Core, but same memory and SSD, cost $1499. However it is the higher end that is embarrassing, with 512GB SSD, 16GB, still dual core, and Retina Screen, no Geforce MX cost $2199!! Reply
  • peevee - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    "It’s a full six-row keyboard though, and other than the webcam being on the top row, it’s all well thought out."

    Really? Where are Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down and End keys then?
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  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    They are Fn keys like most laptops Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Pleased to see this review here! Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    The impressive thing here is that Swift 3 with the Ryzen 2700U sticking so close to the MX150 on GPU performance. It may be in the article but what wattage is the 150 running at? Reply
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Nvidia doesn't say TDP values for their laptop parts. I'd guess it's about 15W Reply
  • Jon Tseng - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Might be worth checking - I think there's been some issues w MX150s being power restricted (effectively turned into max-q parts) on some thin n lights. So in real world terms there are effectively two variants of mx150 our there. I would assume this is downclocked given the obvious thermal constraints of that design but I could be wrong. Reply
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Thanks for that info. Got to love the recent naming conventions by team green :)

    This is the lower power version with the max boost around 1030 MHz. I'll make a note in the review.
    Reply
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Apparently we even wrote about this:
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12565/nvidia-silent...
    Reply
  • skavi - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    Is it also possible that the MX150 is only using 2 PCIe lanes? It would be great If you could check how the lanes are distributed between the GPU, Thunderbolt controller, and SSD.

    (You can check this through HWiNFO btw)
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