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Huawei MateBook X 2021 unveiled with minor upgrades and a huge price

The MateBook X 2021 costs a heady CNY 8,999 (~US$1,400). (Image source: Huawei)
The MateBook X 2021 costs a heady CNY 8,999 (~US$1,400). (Image source: Huawei)
Huawei has refreshed the MateBook X 2021, following in the steps of the MateBook X Pro 2021. The new MateBook X features a choice of one Tiger Lake processor, LPDDR4x RAM and is available in three colours. Huawei's ridiculously high pricing will put most people off, though.

Huawei has updated the MateBook X, now called the MateBook X 2021. Unsurprisingly, the new laptop looks like the MateBook X Pro 2021 that the company released earlier this year. Similarly, the 2021 edition of the MateBook X receives Intel Tiger Lake processors.

However, while Huawei sells the MateBook X Pro 2021 with a Core i5-1135G7 or a Core i7-1165G7, the MateBook X 2021 is only available in a sole Core i5 option. Worse still, Huawei has equipped the laptop with a Core i5-1130G7, a TDP-limited version of the Core i5-1135G7. The Core i5-1130G7 peaks at just 9 W, 19 W lower than the Core i5-1135G7.

Additionally, the MateBook X 2021 has 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM running at 3,733 MHz, a 512 GB PCIe SSD and a 42 Wh battery. The 13-inch IPS panel from last year's model remains, which resolves at 3,000 x 2,000 pixels in a 3:2 aspect ratio. Supposedly, the display reaches 400 nits at full brightness too and covers 100% of the sRGB colour space with a 1,500:1 contrast ratio. 

The MateBook X 2021 does not come cheap, though. Currently, Huawei sells the laptop for CNY 8,999, close to US$1,400 at current exchange rates. The company only offers one configuration, but it is available in silver, blue or green.

Huawei has only unveiled the Matebook X 2021 in China so far. Typically, the company releases its MateBook X laptops a month or so after Chinese announcements, so it should arrive before the end of the year.

The MateBook X 2021 has a built-in fingerprint scanner. (Image source: Huawei)
The MateBook X 2021 has a built-in fingerprint scanner. (Image source: Huawei)
And Huawei's signature hidden webcam. (Image source: Huawei)
And Huawei's signature hidden webcam. (Image source: Huawei)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-18 (Update: 2021-10-18)