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2020 MateBook X Pro vs. 2018 MateBook X Pro: When the Core i7-10510U can perform worse than the old Core i7-8550U

2020 MateBook X Pro vs. 2018 MateBook X Pro: Newer model can sometimes perform worse (Image source: Huawei)
2020 MateBook X Pro vs. 2018 MateBook X Pro: Newer model can sometimes perform worse (Image source: Huawei)
Huawei's latest iteration of the MateBook X can still stand toe-to-toe with some of the best Ultrabooks available, but it's such a minor update over previous versions that you may as well buy a 2018 or 2019 model instead.
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Despite all the hoopla surrounding Huawei these past couple of years, the Chinese company still managed to launch a 2020 version of its impressive MateBook X Pro flagship laptop equipped with Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake-U processors. The system succeeds the 2018 and 2019 models with 8th gen Kaby Lake-R and 9th gen Whiskey Lake-U processors, respectively, although both the chassis design and display panel remain identical between all versions.

Processor performance, however, isn't always better on the 2020 model even when compared to the two-year old 2018 model. As shown by our CineBench R15 loop test below, the Core i7-10510U in the 2020 model starts off stronger than the Core i7-8550U in the 2018 model before falling sharply by 22 percent due to thermal throttling. As a result, the 2018 model is able to maintain faster performance for longer periods. The short-lived Turbo Boost potential on the 2020 model will benefit workloads where short bursts of extra performance can help such as when launching applications.

Fortunately, GPU performance is faster on the 2020 GeForce MX250 model when compared to the 2018 GeForce MX150 model as one would expect. The advantage, however, is very small in the single-digit percentage range on average meaning users will be hard-pressed to notice any differences in practice.

To its credit, the 2020 model can at least run on battery power for two hours longer than the 2018 model when browsing the web, but we definitely expected more from this latest iteration. See our review on the system for more details and benchmark comparisons.

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Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø466 (456.98-589.46)
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7 Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø485 (464.55-537.4)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
590 (min: 456.98, max: 589.46) Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
537 Points ∼91%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
171 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
141 Points ∼82%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
403 Points ∼100%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
1087 Points ∼100%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
959 Seconds * ∼100%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
4742 MIPS ∼100%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
16346 MIPS ∼100%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
977 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
2636 Points ∼100%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
3.88 fps ∼100%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
56.1 s ∼100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.642 sec * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
2951 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2793 Points ∼95%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
19583 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17345 Points ∼89%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3614 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3450 Points ∼95%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
2872 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
2621 Points ∼91%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
7334 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5886 Points ∼80%
Essentials
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8190 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7165 Points ∼87%
Score
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3861 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3546 Points ∼92%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4599 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4417 Points ∼96%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3841 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3183 Points ∼83%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
JDI LPM139M422A, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
JDI LPM139M422A, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
49.6 (23.6, 26)
42 (20, 22)
Response Time Black / White *
30.8 (14, 16.8)
25 (12, 13)
PWM Frequency
29070 (40)
Screen
Brightness middle
557
550
Brightness
532
512
Brightness Distribution
87
88
Black Level *
0.33
0.32
Contrast
1688
1719
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.4
2.28
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.5
4.36
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.7
0.8
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
3.27
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.35 94%
CCT
6689 97%
6819 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.5
62
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.5
98
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
i5-8550U, GeForce MX150, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
4.3
4.7
Idle Average *
8.5
8.7
Idle Maximum *
12
9.8
Load Average *
54.8
39.4
Witcher 3 ultra *
47.1
Load Maximum *
61.5
40.4

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, 57.4 Wh
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
i5-8550U, GeForce MX150, 57 Wh
Battery Runtime
H.264
715
WiFi v1.3
622
506.3
Load
146
157
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Allen Ngo, 2020-06- 4 (Update: 2020-06- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.