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Honor beats Apple to the punch and announces a 16-inch MacBook Pro copycat, the MagicBook Pro

The Honor MagicBook Pro, remind you of anything? (Image source: Honor)
The Honor MagicBook Pro, remind you of anything? (Image source: Honor)
During the Honor 9X and 9X Pro launch event Honor also unveiled the MagicBook Pro, a 16.1-inch touchscreen and GeForce MX250 powered laptop. The device comes with up to a Core i7-8565U processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD and will be available to order in China on July 29 from 5,499 CNY (~US$800).

Honor had something up its sleeve at its Honor 9X and 9X Pro launch event, but you would be forgiven for thinking that you had seen it before. Say hello to the MagicBook Pro, a 16.1-inch laptop that weighs 1.7 kg and is 16.9 mm thick at its thinnest point. Yes, you read that correctly, Honor has brought a 16-inch laptop to market before Apple, and dared to call it a "MxxxxBook Pro". Still, it is not copying when you release something first, right?

The MagicBook Pro reportedly has a 90% screen-to-body ratio thanks to 4.9 mm bezels on three sides of its display. Honor also promises that the display will cover 100% of the sRGB colour space. The 16.1-inch 1080p touchscreen device comes with three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a full-sized HDMI port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a Type-C port that the MagicBook Pro will use for charging. Honor has also equipped the device with a webcam that sits between the F6 and F7 keys just like Huawei did with the MateBook X Pro.

All models come with a full-size backlit keyboard, a fingerprint scanner, front-firing speakers and the 25 W variant of the NVIDIA GeForce MX250. The MagicBook Pro has a 56 Wh battery too from which Honor claims it will get 14 hours of battery life, although we doubt that this represents real-world use. Honor boasts that the laptop can achieve up to a 1,733 Mbps Wi-Fi connection thanks to its 2x2 MIMO antenna.

The MagicBook Pro product page currently lists two models, which both come with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Multiple sources report that Honor will sell a 16 GB and 1 TB model too, but only with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor. We cannot currently confirm this though. The Core i5-8265U model will cost 5,499 CNY (~US$800), with prices rising to 6,199 CNY (~US$902) for the Core i7-8565U model, while the unconfirmed 16 GB and 1 TB version will allegedly cost 7,999 CNY (~US$1,164). It is unclear whether Honor will release the MagicBook Pro outside of China, where it will start taking orders from July 29.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-07-25 (Update: 2019-07-25)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.