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
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
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
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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  • wilsonkf - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    OT: The first corporation to violate export ban to Iran ... is called "the White House". They sold weapon to Iran. (Irangate) Let's ban them from buying from US companies.
  • tipoo - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    I like how Trump is now trying to save ZTE while Canada is apparently public enemy number 1. Almost like one of those granted millions of dollars in loans and trademarks to his immediate family, and the other country played by the rules.
  • SFNR1 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    and what hardware would they choose which is not "made in china"? Is there any left?
  • peevee - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Dells makes PCs in Malaysia and Poland, among others. And servers in the US.
  • vanilla_gorilla - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Assembled in China based on the specifications and under the direct purview of a US company. Very different than Huawei doing it all behind closed doors. Certainly not perfect but a significan amount more trustworthy.
  • SFNR1 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    the more you know, was not aware of that, thanks
  • vanilla__gorilla - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    @SFNR1 All I care about America is that chillee beer ans some whipped cream on your gf's and wife's pu**y to eat away over all the Chinese dillldooo
  • Mil0 - Friday, June 29, 2018 - link

  • DiscoDJ - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    A well reasoned answer to my question.
    it is appreciated.
    Hats off to you, my friend
  • Jon Tseng - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Meh that's more on the network equipment side. With a PC built on standard components there's less you could do under the hood. Sure you could shovel some spyware on but thats something that Lenovo or any other Chinese OEM could do just as easily. Anyhow if you're really worried just download a fresh version of Windows wipe the HDD and do a fresh install that would take care of any meddling.

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