Update | Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to the Huawei MateBook
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(February 27, 2019 update: The Indiegogo Chuwi Aerobook page is now live and accepting up to 200 early bird pre-orders. Users can secure the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD SKU for $379 USD or 25 percent off the final shipping price. See the Indiegogo campaign here for more information.)
Chinese company Chuwi has been making a name for itself by offering cheaper versions of popular laptops. The LapBook Air and UBook 2-in-1, for example, cost just a fraction of the MacBook Air and Surface Go, respectively. The latest product from Chuwi is the upcoming Aerobook inspired by the Huawei MateBook series.
The 13.3-inch laptop will have 8 GB of RAM, upgradeable 128 GB M.2 SSD, MicroSD card reader, USB Type-C, and just 5 mm bezels. Its backlit QWERTY keys are noticeably larger than on the XPS 13 at 16 mm across for a potentially more comfortable typing experience. Unfortunately, the system will rely on a proprietary AC adapter for charging instead of the more universal USB Type-C Power Delivery approach.
As for the processor, it will again be a passively-cooled Core M much like on many other Chuwi products. The manufacturer hasn't yet specified the exact model other than its maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 2.2 GHz. We will update this page with deeper specifications once the info becomes available.
Chuwi is turning towards Indiegogo to gauge user interest in the Aerobook before announcing final retail prices and launch dates. Early backers and followers are promised discounts for when (or if) the Aerobook becomes available.