MWC 2018: Huawei Announces the MateBook X Pro Notebook

Subject: Mobile | February 25, 2018 - 10:49 AM |
Tagged: thin and light, notebook, mx150, MWC 2018, MWC, MateBook X Pro, matebook, laptop, Huawei

Huawei has introduced their new MateBook with the X Pro, an ultra slim design which features a nearly bezel-less 13.9-inch display that boasts a 91% screen-to-body ratio. More than just display, which is a 3:2 ratio 3K LTPS panel, the MateBook X Pro offers a choice between 8th-gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 mobile processors, and the option of a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.

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"Huawei has applied many of its innovative smartphone technologies to the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro to create effortless and intuitive user experiences. Pioneered by Huawei for the HUAWEI MateBook Series, the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro features the super-fast power button 2.0 which enables login in just 7.8 seconds from power off, and 6.6 seconds from hibernation. In addition, the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro features the world’s first recessed camera which discreetly sits on the keyboard – to activate it, all users need to do is press it and it will pop up, ensuring privacy when it’s not being used. This contributes greatly to the perfect experience of FullView Display."

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While the look and especially name of the MateBook X Pro evokes memories of similar products from Cupertino, this seems to be more of a Surface Book competitor, down to the multi-touch 3:2 aspect, 3000x2000 display. A couple of the unique features are the combination power button/fingerprint reader, and a camera that is hidden among the function keys and pops up during use. Audio is also premium for a slim notebook with a four-speaker Dolby Atmos system.

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A unique recessed camera design that pops up when needed


  • FullView Display
    • Size: 13.9 inches
    • Resolution: 3000 x 2000
    • Type: LTPS
    • Screen-to-body ratio: 91%
    • Aspect ratio: 3:2
    • Viewing angle: 178 degrees
    • Color: sRGB 100% color gamut
    • Contrast: 1500:1
    • Maximum brightness: 450 nits
    • Touchscreen: 10-point, anti-fingerprint
  • Processor: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U / i5-8250U
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2GB GDDR5 / Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Memory 8GB / 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
  • Hard Drive: 256GB / 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHz 2x2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth: BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)
  • Camera: Front 1MP
  • Audio Configuration: Quad digital microphones and Quad speakers
  • Battery Material: Lithium polymer 57.4Wh (Typical Capacity)
  • Local video playback: 12 hours (testing conducted by Huawei in a laboratory environment)
  • Buttons and Ports
    • One touch power button
    • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
    • USB-C x2 (both allow data transfer, charging and connection with MateDock 2 and one supports Thunderbolt 3)
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 304mm x 217mm x 14.6mm Weight: approximately 1.33kg
  • Colors: Mystic Silver and Space Gray

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The one touch power button with integrated fingerprint reader

The MateBook X Pro will be available this spring with pricing starting at €1499, or approximately $1850.

Source: Huawei

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February 25, 2018 | 01:58 PM - Posted by COM truise (not verified)

God, the trend for obstructable cameras annoys me.
They're the complete tech illiterate's idea of a privacy/security feature.
If a hacker gets access to your computer, she's gonna use it to steal your various account credentials and use your computer's processing power and network bandwidth for cryptocurrency mining and DDOSing respectively, not encoding and transmitting video hours of video that she then has to store somewhere sift through.

February 26, 2018 | 06:25 AM - Posted by Spunjji

Having your camera compromised by RATs is actually a thing that happens. The odds of it happening to any given individual are slim, sure, but it's a real issue - and it's not "hackers" usually so much as one of the user's friends or family. In what way is life made more difficult for you by making it easier to preserve privacy?

In this instance it's not even about it being obstructable so much as there being no room on the display for a camera.

February 25, 2018 | 02:03 PM - Posted by Mark_Hughes

What happens if you leave the camera up and close the lid ? do you get scuffs on the screen or does it move out the way somehow ?

February 25, 2018 | 04:21 PM - Posted by razor512

Most ultra thin laptops end up with the surface of the keyboard scratching the display.

For example:

February 25, 2018 | 06:16 PM - Posted by CNote

I have a cheap dell that always has keyboard prints on the screen.

February 25, 2018 | 07:48 PM - Posted by razor512

The issue is that those marks do not wipe away, it comes from the keys touching the screen and the hinge not being perfectly stuff, even a microscopic amount of movement is enough to cause marks on the screen over time.

February 26, 2018 | 09:15 AM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

solution, put somethign non-abrasive between the keyboard and screen when you close it, wah-lah! no scuff marks!

February 27, 2018 | 11:01 AM - Posted by razor512

Laptop makers used to do that, it was a simple process of making the bezel slightly taller than the display, thus preventing the actual display from getting marked, but with laptop makers looking to make their devices thinner, they removed those intentional gaps.

February 25, 2018 | 04:13 PM - Posted by razor512

Awesome, now your skype caller can help determine if you really have a deviated septum or not every time you do a video chat.

February 25, 2018 | 06:15 PM - Posted by CNote

Is there something lost in translation with the name Matebook?

February 25, 2018 | 11:20 PM - Posted by mrvco (not verified)


February 25, 2018 | 06:18 PM - Posted by SincereAnonymous (not verified)

I like the lack of bezels shown here. Sure, it's a shame that the webcam placement gets compromised, but hey, if I look at the ratio of number of hours looking at laptop screen vs the number of hours I spent on a video chat, it's probably 100000:1, so I'm okay with that.

February 25, 2018 | 06:51 PM - Posted by ThinAndDiseased (not verified)

I'll wait for a thicker laptop with a desktop Raven Ridge inside, Ryzen 5 2400G would be nice, and a good workhorse laptop. I want a laptop that still has an Ethernet port and no adaptor needed. I think that ASUS should really consider putting the desktop Raven Ridge/Ryzen 5 2400G in a laptop form factor. And that will make for a nice lower end gaming laptop option that can be had around the $700 price point with options for adding a discrete Mobile Vega on some higher end variant.

$1850, and even pricy by Apple standards, so no thanks. And that wedge design only works well for a doorstop.

And where are the laptops with USB 3.1 generation 2, or even USB 3.2 options also. TB3 is nice but that still only comes with Intel's dogfood graphics along for the ride with no Zen/Vega options currently.

February 25, 2018 | 07:52 PM - Posted by WSJ-SJW (not verified)

I like this trend of 3:2 displays. So much better for browsing the web and coding.

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