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Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 in Review – Compact Laptop with Performance Issues

New hardware, same performance? Huawei updated its MateBook X Pro, and the new model features a combination of Intel Comet Lake CPU and Nvidia GeForce GPU. Unfortunately, performance was relatively poor and the dedicated GPU was even outperformed by some integrated GPUs.
Andreas Osthoff, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Finn D. Boerne),

Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is a compact subnotebook with a 13.9-inch touchscreen display. The 2020 model comes in the exact same case as before, and all the Chinese manufacturer updated are the processor (Intel Comet Lake) and the dedicated Nvidia graphics card (GeForce MX 250). According to a press briefing upgrading to Intel Ice Lake was never an option.

In Germany, two different configurations starting at 1,599 Euros (~$1,805) will be available at launch. The base model features a Core i5 CPU, aforementioned GeForce GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. Our review unit, the higher-end tier, features a Core i7 CPU and a 1 TB SSD instead and sells for 1,899 Euros (~$2,143). This top-level SKU is also available in the new Emerald Green color in addition to Space Gray.

Given that case, connectivity, and input devices remained identical to the devices already reviewed back in 2018 we would like to refer you to our previous reviews for a more detailed look at these components:

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Processor
Intel Core i7-10510U 4 x 1.8 - 4.8 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 2048 MB, Core: 1038 MHz, Memory: 1502 MHz, 445.87, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual-channel, soldered
Display
13.9 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel 259 PPI, 10-point capacitive, JDI LPM139M422A, LTPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, 1024 GB 
, 893 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.6 x 304 x 217 ( = 0.57 x 11.97 x 8.54 in)
Battery
57.4 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65 W charger (USB-C), Huawei Share, PC Manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.34 kg ( = 47.27 oz / 2.95 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
1899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87 %
06/2020
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
1.3 kg14.6 mm13.9"3000x2000
88 %
05/2020
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.4"3840x2400
84 %
11/2019
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.5 kg15.3 mm13.3"3840x2160
92 %
06/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
i5-1038NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.3"2560x1600
87 %
12/2019
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.4 kg15.7 mm14"3840x2160
87 %
08/2018
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
i5-8550U, GeForce MX150
1.3 kg14.6 mm13.9"3000x2000

Case – MateBook in Space Gray or Emerald Green


Size Comparison

320.3 mm / 12.6 inch 215.6 mm / 8.49 inch 15.7 mm / 0.618 inch 1.4 kg2.98 lbs304.6 mm / 12 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 15.3 mm / 0.602 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.4 kg3.05 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 217 mm / 8.54 inch 14.6 mm / 0.575 inch 1.3 kg2.95 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 217 mm / 8.54 inch 14.6 mm / 0.575 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.72 lbs

Connectivity – MateBook with USB-C and USB-A

Even though the ports remained identical, a quick glance at the specs sheet revealed that Thunderbolt 3 is not mentioned anywhere, and there is no Thunderbolt 3 symbol next to the USB-C port either. From a technical point of view the front USB-C port supports all Thunderbolt 3 features, it’s just that Huawei decided not to purchase a license for its 2020 model and thus cannot display the Thunderbolt name or symbol on this device. The battery can be charged via both USB-C ports at the left-hand side. The compact port replicator MateDock 2 with 1x USB-A, 1x USB-C, HDMI, and VGA is included in the box.

Left: 3.5-mm stereo, USB-C 3.1 Gen. 2 (with alt. DisplayPort), USB-C (with Thunderbolt 3 functionality)
Left: 3.5-mm stereo, USB-C 3.1 Gen. 2 (with alt. DisplayPort), USB-C (with Thunderbolt 3 functionality)
Right: USB-A 3.1 Gen. 1
Right: USB-A 3.1 Gen. 1

Communication – Very Fast Without Wi-Fi 6

Huawei’s wireless module of choice is the Intel Wireless-AC 9560. When connected to our Netgear Nighthawk RAX 120 we managed to achieve data transfer rates of up to 1.3 Gb/s. We did not encounter any connectivity issues or sudden loss of signal during our review period.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1388 (875min - 1490max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1293 (628min - 1379max) MBit/s ∼93%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
765 MBit/s ∼55% -41%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
703 (641min - 729max) MBit/s ∼51% -46%
Average Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  (312 - 1380, n=173)
687 MBit/s ∼49% -47%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=174)
633 MBit/s ∼46% -51%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼38% -59%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1338 (1304min - 1355max) MBit/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1178 (1025min - 1264max) MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
809 MBit/s ∼60% -40%
Average Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  (309 - 1338, n=172)
673 MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
638 (626min - 644max) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
630 MBit/s ∼47% -53%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1614, n=174)
600 MBit/s ∼45% -55%

Webcam

ColorChecker
28.3 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
19 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
25.4 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
2 ∆E
7 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7: 13.63 ∆E min: 1.95 - max: 28.28 ∆E

Display – Bright 3K Touchscreen

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
No visible screen bleeding (increased contrast/brightness)
No visible screen bleeding (increased contrast/brightness)

Only one display option is available for the MateBook X Pro: A reflective capacitive 3:2 touchscreen running at a native resolution of 3000x2000. Subjectively, image quality was superb thanks to popping colors and crisp display content. The display is without a doubt the MateBook X Pro’s highlight. The display used is a so-called LTPS, or low-temperature polycrystalline silicon, panel without the need for a backlight. Thanks to its compact nature this technology allows for very high resolutions.

The display’s theoretical maximum brightness of 450 nits was far surpassed by the 530 nits our review unit achieved. Contrast ratio was excellent at almost 1700:1, and we did not notice any screen bleeding at maximum brightness with the naked eye. What we did find is PWM flickering at brightness levels of 40% and below. However, at 29 kHz we do not expect any issues or other consequences.

492
cd/m²
509
cd/m²
513
cd/m²
528
cd/m²
557
cd/m²
563
cd/m²
529
cd/m²
545
cd/m²
548
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
JDI LPM139M422A
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 563 cd/m² Average: 531.6 cd/m² Minimum: 6.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 555 cd/m²
Contrast: 1688:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 0.7
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø6
99.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.14
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
JDI LPM139M422A, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Sharp LQ134R1, IPS, 3840x2400, 13.4
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
AUO202B, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 13.3
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
APPA03D, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
BOE HF NV140QUM-N54, IPS, 3840x2160, 14
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
JDI LPM139M422A, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Response Times
17%
-26%
98%
11%
17%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
49.6 (23.6, 26)
41.6 (23.2, 18.4)
16%
62 (30, 32)
-25%
46 (22, 24)
7%
44.4 (22.4, 22)
10%
42 (20, 22)
15%
Response Time Black / White *
30.8 (14, 16.8)
25.6 (15.6, 10)
17%
39 (24, 15)
-27%
32.4 (18.4, 14)
-5%
27.2 (15.6, 11.6)
12%
25 (12, 13)
19%
PWM Frequency
29070 (40)
113600 (75)
291%
Screen
-71%
-64%
-8%
-102%
-20%
Brightness middle
557
414
-26%
353
-37%
512
-8%
501.7
-10%
550
-1%
Brightness
532
401
-25%
335
-37%
491
-8%
501
-6%
512
-4%
Brightness Distribution
87
94
8%
90
3%
91
5%
82
-6%
88
1%
Black Level *
0.33
0.28
15%
0.25
24%
0.32
3%
0.32
3%
0.32
3%
Contrast
1688
1479
-12%
1412
-16%
1600
-5%
1568
-7%
1719
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.4
3.06
-119%
4.4
-214%
1.7
-21%
5.48
-291%
2.28
-63%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.5
6.5
-160%
7.21
-188%
3.4
-36%
10.03
-301%
4.36
-74%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.7
3.5
-400%
1.1
-57%
1
-43%
2.22
-217%
0.8
-14%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
3
-50%
5.49
-175%
1.9
5%
8.1
-305%
3.27
-64%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.42 91%
2.26 97%
2.19 100%
2.07 106%
2.35 94%
CCT
6689 97%
6840 95%
7689 85%
6817 95%
6730 97%
6819 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.5
61.1
-2%
61
-2%
77.4
24%
74.1
19%
62
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.5
91.4
-8%
96
-4%
99.9
0%
100
1%
98
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-27% / -57%
-45% / -58%
45% / 15%
-46% / -84%
-2% / -14%

* ... smaller is better

Using the professional CalMAN software in combination with our X-Rite i1 Pro2 spectrophotometer we were able to determine that the display is almost perfectly calibrated ex-factory. There is no visible color tint and DeltaE deviations for both grayscale and colors were all below the magic threshold of 3. We were able to improve upon these slightly through manual calibration; however, this will not be necessary for the user.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)

The smaller sRGB color space is covered almost entirely by the display panel, and AdobeRGB is covered by 62.5%. Combined with its low color deviations the MateBook X Pro’s display is very well suited for photo and video-editing purposes with high color accuracy demands.

vs. sRGB: 99.5%
vs. sRGB: 99.5%
vs. AdobeRGB: 62.5%
vs. AdobeRGB: 62.5%

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 16.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
49.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 26 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 29070 Hz ≤ 40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 29070 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 29070 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17495 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The LTPS panel’s viewing angles were excellent. That being said, outdoor usability is somewhat thwarted by the highly reflective nature of the touchscreen surface. Even without direct reflections from light sources the reflections seen on the display are very annoying, particularly in bright areas where working with the device can get incredibly cumbersome.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
In sunlight
In sunlight
In sunlight
In sunlight

Performance – i7 and MX250 in Slow Mode

 

Processor – MateBook with Comet Lake

Huawei’s hardware of choice for the 2020 model are an Intel Comet Lake CPU paired with an Nvidia GeForce GPU. The latter may be the reason why Huawei opted against Intel’s Ice Lake chips. Their more powerful integrated GPU is simply not required in this case, at least in theory. The Core i7-10510U is an old friend at this point, and more details on this processor can be found in our technology section.

The main issue with the MateBook X Pro is its poor performance characteristics, or rather its low TDP threshold of just 15 W for sustained load. When subjected to short bursts of load this might be okay, but under sustained load the new MateBook X Pro turned out to be even slower than its own Core i7-8550U-powered predecessor and ended up being the slowest device in our test group. Even though the dedicated GPU runs idle in this particular test, the GPU cooler seems incapable of helping out. Another phenomenon that Huawei will have difficulties to explain is the fact that the MateBook 13 for around than 1,000 Euros (~$1,129) less and equipped with the arguably slower Core i5-10210U was faster both in short bursts and under sustained load. Nevertheless, the quad-core processor delivered adequate everyday performance that was not throttled on battery either.

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Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø466 (456.98-589.46)
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø573 (480.43-760.86)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø483 (464-551)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen Intel Core i5-1038NG7, Intel Core i5-1038NG7: Ø761 (725.23-768.15)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø627 (606.12-749.06)
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7 Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø485 (464.55-537.4)
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø530 (520.93-665.09)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
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 R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
453 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
452 Points ∼100% +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
438 Points ∼97% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (362 - 497, n=30)
433 Points ∼96% +7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
403 Points ∼89%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 583, n=70)
366 Points ∼81% -9%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
1998 Points ∼100% +84%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1590 Points ∼80% +46%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (1015 - 1897, n=31)
1405 Points ∼70% +29%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1396 Points ∼70% +28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 2935, n=71)
1239 Points ∼62% +14%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
1087 Points ∼54%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
182 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
181 Points ∼99% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (113 - 202, n=35)
178 Points ∼98% +4%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
171 Points ∼94% 0%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
171 Points ∼94%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
169 Points ∼93% -1%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
141 Points ∼77% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 218, n=329)
122 Points ∼67% -29%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
768 (720min - 768max) Points ∼100% +30%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
760 (489.25min - 610.17max) Points ∼99% +29%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7
749 Points ∼98% +27%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (482 - 856, n=38)
671 Points ∼87% +14%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
590 (456.98min - 589.46max) Points ∼77%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
551 (464min - 551max) Points ∼72% -7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
537 Points ∼70% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1287, n=344)
386 Points ∼50% -35%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=62)
1224 Seconds * ∼100% -28%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
959 Seconds * ∼78%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (671 - 1051, n=24)
815 Seconds * ∼67% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
681 Seconds * ∼56% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4.2 Seconds * ∼0% +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%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3747 - 4981, n=24)
4559 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4438 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4161 MIPS ∼88% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=57)
4093 MIPS ∼86% -14%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
21139 MIPS ∼100% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
19485 MIPS ∼92% +19%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (12196 - 21298, n=24)
17602 MIPS ∼83% +8%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
16346 MIPS ∼77%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 37081, n=57)
15719 MIPS ∼74% -4%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1324 Points ∼100% +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
1265 Points ∼96% +29%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (977 - 1287, n=24)
1198 Points ∼90% +23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1575, n=53)
1001 Points ∼76% +2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
977 Points ∼74%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4855 Points ∼100% +84%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4564 Points ∼94% +73%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (2474 - 4467, n=24)
3611 Points ∼74% +37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 5926, n=53)
3205 Points ∼66% +22%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
2636 Points ∼54%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.08 fps ∼100% +57%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
5.99 fps ∼99% +54%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3.41 - 5.5, n=24)
4.52 fps ∼74% +16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 8.33, n=57)
4.05 fps ∼67% +4%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
3.88 fps ∼64%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
88.6 s ∼100% +58%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
85.3 s ∼96% +52%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=42)
83 s ∼94% +48%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (50.7 - 77.8, n=20)
59.6 s ∼67% +6%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
56.1 s ∼63%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.899 sec * ∼100% -40%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.682 sec * ∼76% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.554 - 2.43, n=47)
0.886 sec * ∼99% -38%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
0.702 sec * ∼78% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (0.638 - 0.81, n=21)
0.684 sec * ∼76% -7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.642 sec * ∼71%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
590 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
97.3 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
171 Points
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System Performance – Very Fast in Everyday Situations

Everyday performance was pretty decent overall, and the MateBook X Pro performed admirably thanks to among other things its very fast Samsung PCIe SSD. Input is processed almost instantaneously, and we did not encounter any issues during our test period. What we were not particularly fond of is the default partition scheme of our SSD. The system partition was so small that it had just 35.4 GB of free space left with an empty 858 GB large data partition sitting idle right next to it.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
4338 Points ∼100% +66%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3902 Points ∼90% +49%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3807 Points ∼88% +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3256 Points ∼75% +24%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2621 - 5547, n=11)
3225 Points ∼74% +23%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
2872 Points ∼66% +10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4905, n=143)
2690 Points ∼62% +3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
2621 Points ∼60%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
7334 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (6625 - 7972, n=11)
7331 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6989 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
6912 Points ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
6739 Points ∼92% -8%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5886 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=143)
5421 Points ∼74% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3568 Points ∼49% -51%
Essentials
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9902 Points ∼100% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
9096 Points ∼92% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (8021 - 9764, n=11)
8892 Points ∼90% +9%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
8373 Points ∼85% +2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8190 Points ∼83%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
7827 Points ∼79% -4%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7165 Points ∼72% -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 10113, n=143)
7164 Points ∼72% -13%
Score
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4633 Points ∼100% +20%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
4484 Points ∼97% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
4451 Points ∼96% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3861 - 5409, n=11)
4243 Points ∼92% +10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3861 Points ∼83%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3546 Points ∼77% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4972, n=146)
3342 Points ∼72% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3222 Points ∼70% -17%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (4599 - 5443, n=8)
5026 Points ∼100% +9%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4599 Points ∼92%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4417 Points ∼88% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4382 Points ∼87% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
4314 Points ∼86% -6%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
4099 Points ∼82% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5573, n=256)
4086 Points ∼81% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
2407 Points ∼48% -48%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3928 Points ∼100% +2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3841 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3214 - 3958, n=8)
3594 Points ∼91% -6%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3448 Points ∼88% -10%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3397 Points ∼86% -12%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3183 Points ∼81% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4407, n=285)
3107 Points ∼79% -19%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
3029 Points ∼77% -21%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3841 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5617 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4599 points
PCMark 10 Score
3861 points
Help
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3555.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3006.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 508.09 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 474.65 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1668.67 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1905.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 50.24 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 165.6 MB/s

Graphics Card – GeForce MX250 as fast as MX150

GPU-Z GeForce MX250
GPU-Z GeForce MX250

Without any demanding tasks, graphics are handled by the processor’s integrated GPU. Once you start stressing the device, for example by running a game, the dedicated GPU is automatically activated and switched to. Keep in mind though that the MX250 is an entry-level GPU and barely faster than the integrated GPUs of Intel’s Ice Lake-generation processors. In addition, the MateBook X Pro’s specific MX250 implementation remained far behind its theoretical potential and performed around 20% slower than a “normal” MX250. Some integrated GPUs managed to outperform this MX250 even in games. Last but not least, GPU performance was anything but consistent. The MateBook X Pro failed to pass the 3DMark Fire Strike stress test with 86%, and when gaming performance dropped by around 15% after 1-2 minutes (which was also observed while running our The Witcher 3 loop on medium). All in all, the MateBook X Pro 2020’s graphics performance was only slightly better than its predecessor’s, and many games will have to be set to minimum details in order to run smoothly.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-1065G7
10699 Points ∼100% +196%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4630 Points ∼43% +28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3585 - 4942, n=28)
4396 Points ∼41% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4374 Points ∼41% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4263 Points ∼40% +18%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3614 Points ∼34%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3450 Points ∼32% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=415)
1541 Points ∼14% -57%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-1065G7
2840 Points ∼100% +222%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (881 - 1169, n=21)
1065 Points ∼38% +21%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
881 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
825 Points ∼29% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1038NG7
825 Points ∼29% -6%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
754 Points ∼27% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3098, n=76)
652 Points ∼23% -26%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2939 - 3885, n=28)
3521 Points ∼100% +19%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2973 Points ∼84% +1%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
2951 Points ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2891 Points ∼82% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1038NG7
2883 Points ∼82% -2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2793 Points ∼79% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=295)
1237 Points ∼35% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (13805 - 23863, n=24)
21406 Points ∼100% +9%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
19583 Points ∼91%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1038NG7
18163 Points ∼85% -7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17345 Points ∼81% -11%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
16268 Points ∼76% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
15783 Points ∼74% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 31380, n=312)
8597 Points ∼40% -56%
3DMark 11 Performance
3963 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
40917 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13104 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2741 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
980 points
Help
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
27.5 fps ∼100% +206%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9 - 16, n=24)
11.6 fps ∼42% +29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.1 - 29.8, n=31)
10.3 fps ∼37% +14%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
9.9 fps ∼36% +10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
9 fps ∼33%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
46.3 fps ∼100% +184%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=26)
20.1 fps ∼43% +23%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
19.6 fps ∼42% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
18 fps ∼39% +10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.8 - 52.6, n=44)
16.4 fps ∼35% +1%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
16.3 fps ∼35%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
84.9 fps ∼100% +183%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
36.3 fps ∼43% +21%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (30 - 40, n=26)
35.3 fps ∼42% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
33.1 (28min, 31.07P1 - 36max) fps ∼39% +10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
30 (28min, 29P1 - 35max) fps ∼35%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.6 - 92, n=54)
25.1 fps ∼30% -16%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
137.5 fps ∼100% +164%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (47.4 - 70, n=23)
61.2 fps ∼45% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
54.2 fps ∼39% +4%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
52.7 fps ∼38% +1%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
52 fps ∼38%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.4 - 160, n=87)
33.3 fps ∼24% -36%
0510152025303540Tooltip
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7 GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR: Ø30 (28-35)
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 52 30 16.3 9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 112 92.6 59.7 52.7 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 55.6 40.8 37.9 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 38 17 14 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 38 14 fps

Emissions – Cooler Has Become Quieter

System Noise

One of the benefits of the new cooler design that became instantly noticeable was the reduced peak noise level. At 38 dB(A) the fans were noticeable when gaming or putting the system under maximum stress but managed to remain unobtrusive, and we failed to notice any annoying high frequencies. Unfortunately, the device also failed to remain completely silent at all times when subjected to low load as the fan kept ramping up irregularly for no apparent reason. Fortunately, this was only noticeable in quiet environments. We found no evidence of coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 29.6 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
38 / 38 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.6 dB(A)
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, i5-8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Noise
1%
1%
1%
3%
-3%
off / environment *
29.6
29
2%
30
-1%
29.6
-0%
28.5
4%
30.3
-2%
Idle Minimum *
29.6
29
2%
30
-1%
29.6
-0%
28.5
4%
30.3
-2%
Idle Average *
29.6
29
2%
30
-1%
29.6
-0%
28.5
4%
30.3
-2%
Idle Maximum *
30.3
29
4%
30
1%
29.6
2%
29
4%
31.3
-3%
Load Average *
38
33.5
12%
33.9
11%
34.4
9%
33
13%
39.3
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
38
40.5
-7%
38.1
-0%
36.1
5%
40.7
-7%
Load Maximum *
38
40.5
-7%
38.1
-0%
42.1
-11%
39.5
-4%
41.2
-8%

* ... smaller is better

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Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The aluminum case got noticeably warm under load to a point where our fingers got warm and the bottom became uncomfortably hot during lap use. There were no limitations or restrictions otherwise. The insufficient cooling solution reared its ugly head once again in our stress test. The processor was forced to thermal throttle drastically to just 4x 1.1 GHz (8 W) with the GPU running at just around 780 MHz. Performance was restored to its previous level immediately after running our stress test.

Max. Load
 43 °C
109 F
44.7 °C
112 F
44.1 °C
111 F
 
 42.6 °C
109 F
44.2 °C
112 F
43.6 °C
110 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
29.8 °C
86 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 44.7 °C = 112 F
Average: 39.7 °C = 103 F
41.2 °C
106 F
42.4 °C
108 F
42.6 °C
109 F
40.1 °C
104 F
40.8 °C
105 F
40.7 °C
105 F
33.8 °C
93 F
34.7 °C
94 F
35.1 °C
95 F
Maximum: 42.6 °C = 109 F
Average: 39 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.1 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.7 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.5 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.8 °C / 94.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-6.3 °C / -11.3 F).
Heat map stress test (top)
Heat map stress test (top)
Heat map stress test (bottom)
Heat map stress test (bottom)

Speakers

Compared to its predecessor, the MateBook X Pro’s quad-speaker array’s maximum volume is now slightly higher. In return, our extensive tests revealed weaker mids and highs. The speakers are certainly not bad but nothing to write home about either and pretty average overall. Watching movies or listening to music was not particularly enjoyable, and there are various other compact notebooks with significantly better speakers. The 3.5-mm headphone jack worked perfectly fine without any issues.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.133.52530.630.53132324030.731.35027.5346327.330.88024.832.61002434.91252340.116024.445.720023.248.92502252.831521.457.140020.859.450020.259.463019.664.280018.668.8100018.168.7125017.269.8160016.767.3200016.866.4250017.167.2315016.364.6400015.764.450001660.263001652.4800015.953.9100001654.21250015.855.81600015.650.2SPL29.677.5N1.338.7median 17.2median 59.4Delta36.637.147.837.137.144.937.136.938.936.935.935.835.935.836.935.843.735.843.744.233.844.253.233.853.257.332.557.363.331.163.367.830.267.873.330.273.375.93075.976.429.376.478.228.778.280.228.180.278.528.278.576.328.276.377.928.277.980.12880.180.427.780.482.127.482.178.327.478.380.227.580.27127.57172.927.472.964.227.464.266.927.366.966.127.266.160.927.760.990.34090.389.43.789.4median 75.9median 28.1median 75.96.31.36.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management – Long Battery Life Thanks to LTPS Display

Power Consumption

Our power consumption tests did not reveal any big surprises, and the very bright LTPS display without active backlight had little influence on our readings at large. Despite its dedicated GPU, power consumption under load was similar to its competitors’. Given that the device’s power consumption peaked at 61.5 W for a short period of time, and then settled at just 40 W, the 65 W power supply is more than sufficiently dimensioned.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.45 / 0.73 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.3 / 8.5 / 12 Watt
Load midlight 54.8 / 61.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD, IPS, 3840x2400, 13.4
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Lite-On CA3-8D512, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 13.3
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
i5-1038NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Apple SSD SM0512F, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, IPS, 3840x2160, 14
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
i5-8550U, GeForce MX150, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
8%
-50%
4%
-9%
14%
2%
2%
Idle Minimum *
4.3
5.3
-23%
10.7
-149%
3.8
12%
5.6
-30%
4.7
-9%
4.13 (2.16 - 7.4, n=28)
4%
6.39 (1 - 36, n=653)
-49%
Idle Average *
8.5
7.8
8%
13.6
-60%
8.6
-1%
10.5
-24%
8.7
-2%
8 (4.2 - 12.4, n=28)
6%
9.59 (2.06 - 39, n=653)
-13%
Idle Maximum *
12
9.8
18%
15.7
-31%
10.3
14%
12
-0%
9.8
18%
10.4 (7 - 16.2, n=28)
13%
11.9 (3.9 - 55, n=653)
1%
Load Average *
54.8
46
16%
60
-9%
52.1
5%
53.3
3%
39.4
28%
57.7 (29 - 82.9, n=28)
-5%
33.5 (6.3 - 75, n=643)
39%
Witcher 3 ultra *
47.1
43
9%
64
-36%
48.2
-2%
46.9
-0%
Load Maximum *
61.5
48.3
21%
71
-15%
65.2
-6%
64.6
-5%
40.4
34%
66.6 (38 - 109, n=28)
-8%
40.8 (7.6 - 111, n=646)
34%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 57.4 Wh battery allows for good battery life, and the high-resolution LTPS display turned out to be fairly energy efficient overall. In our two real-world tests with brightness normalized at 150 nits, the MateBook X Pro ran for 12 (video) and 10.5 (Wi-Fi) hours, respectively, and it performed pretty well within its comparison group. Those results were also very close to what Huawei claims for the device (11 hours web-browsing, 13 hours video). When running the Wi-Fi test on maximum brightness the device ran out of juice after 6.5 hours. Charging the laptop from near empty to full takes around 140 minutes with the device powered up and running. Fast charging is not supported.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
10h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
6h 24min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 26min
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, 57.4 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 52 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 53.1 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
i5-1038NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 58 Wh
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 60 Wh
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
i5-8550U, GeForce MX150, 57 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
10%
-39%
7%
-30%
-6%
-21%
H.264
715
376
-47%
687
-4%
514 (182 - 1312, n=137)
-28%
WiFi v1.3
622
682
10%
329
-47%
728
17%
436
-30%
506.3
-19%
497 (206 - 991, n=274)
-20%
Load
146
114
-22%
157
8%
123 (40 - 369, n=589)
-16%

Pros

+ attractive design and great case
+ high-quality touchscreen display
+ decent input devices
+ fast Wi-Fi
+ long battery life
+ MateDock 2 included

Cons

- performance not any better than on predecessor
- CPU and GPU both remain well below their capabilities
- poor webcam position and quality
- no Thunderbolt 3 license
- highly reflective display
- no maintenance options

Verdict – Poor Performance Prevents a Better Rating

In review: Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.

After reviewing the 2020 revision of the MateBook X Pro we are under the impression that Huawei simply transplanted new and improved hardware components into an existing design without giving much thought to optimization and fine-tuning. We have no other explanation for why the CPU performed even worse than on its two-year old predecessor, and why the GPU remained far behind its capabilities. Comparing the device to modern integrated GPUs shows that combining a ULV processor with a dedicated entry-level GPU has become a moot point, and opting for Intel’s Ice Lake CPU with its integrated G7 GPU would have been a far better choice. Not only would this have eliminated some components, it would have also made improving and optimizing cooling much easier. While performance is still adequate for a compact subnotebook you have to keep in mind that the MateBook X Pro’s competitors manage to achieve the same level of performance without dedicated graphics.

The good news is that this is pretty much all the bad news we have. In all other aspects, Huawei’s subnotebook left a great impression, starting with the beautiful and well-made high-quality aluminum case, the high-resolution display (albeit outdoor usability was somewhat limited by its massively reflective surface coating), and the more than adequate battery life.

Despite the fact that its CPU performance was somewhat poor the MateBook X Pro remains a decent subnotebook. You can confidently opt for the cheaper Core i5 model without hesitation though. Its various qualities include, among other things, the good-looking case and the excellent display.

At 1,600 Euros (~$1,806) the MateBook X Pro is no bargain, and we simply cannot understand why and how Huawei failed to notice the performance problems during development. Real life experiences are comprised of much more than just performance, though, and all things considered the device deserves our endorsement. However, you can confidently scrap the Core i7 processor from your wish list as it fails to make any dent on performance at all.

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Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
47 / 75 → 63%
Weight
71 / 20-75 → 93%
Battery
88%
Display
90%
Games Performance
59 / 78 → 76%
Application Performance
88 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
86%
Noise
94%
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
51 / 85 → 60%
Average
78%
87%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-06- 4 (Update: 2020-06- 6)
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Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Notebooks
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.