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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  • Brett Howse - Friday, June 29, 2018 - link

    No it's using 4 - see the GPU page. Reply
  • skavi - Sunday, July 1, 2018 - link

    Oh, dunno how I missed that. Thanks! Reply
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Just another comment on your comparison to Vega. Vega definitely holds its own here with a similar TDP but shared with the CPU. They don't have the ST performance to keep up with the i7 though which definitely hurts. Vega is quite good though when you keep the power in check. Reply
  • cfenton - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    My biggest concern with Huawei (other than security) is post-purchase support. Do they have repair centres in Canada and the US? Do they have partnerships with local repair shops where I can take it for warranty service? I don't want to pay to ship my laptop to China if it breaks, much less deal with setting up a replacement for a few weeks while it's being fixed.

    Say what you want about Apple's prices, but their service is excellent and convenient. I imagine Microsoft stores would be similar, but there are far fewer of those.
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  • Tchamber - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Thank you for this review, been looking for one on my Envy 17t for a long time, and this Huawei is virtually identical, excepting my screen size and 3840*2160 resolution. Holds up pretty well against the competition. Reply
  • skavi - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Is there any chance you could check how many lanes the Thunderbolt controller is connected to? Reply
  • s.yu - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    2. Notebookcheck did a test but I can't paste the link, just go search the model on the site's internal search. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    Everytime someone releases yet-another small-screen laptop - God kills a kitten. Reply
  • SFNR1 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    i work on a 12" Macbook and am allergic to cats so go ahead :-) Reply
  • xucuvij - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    nice Reply

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