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Huawei Matebook X Pro (i5-8250U, MX150) Laptop Review

Market disruptor. Huawei wants to prove that you don't need to spend $1500 or more for a decently specced XPS 13 or MacBook Pro. The MateBook X Pro attempts to give it all with an attractively thin aluminum design, 3:2 touchscreen, discrete Nvidia graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and an Intel U class CPU for less than what major competitors are currently offering.

When compared to the budget-mainstream MateBook D series, the MateBook X series competes directly with the best that Dell, Apple, Lenovo, and Asus have to offer in the high-end consumer space. Last year's model left a very positive impression in terms of design and build quality and it proved that Huawei was serious about breaking into the crowded laptop space.

Fast forward to 2018 and Huawei's second generation MateBook X is ready to hit store shelves. Called the MateBook X Pro, it brings massive updates to the MateBook X family including a larger screen size, a system fan, discrete Nvidia graphics, and even a pop-up webcam. Major differences between the MateBook X and MateBook X Pro are shown in the table below.

The MateBook X Pro is launching in two SKUs in North America as detailed here. $1200 USD will net users an i5-8250U CPU, integrated UHD 620 Graphics, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB NVMe SSD while $1500 USD will net users an i7-8550U, GeForce MX150 graphics, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD. Our test unit today is a European model with the i5-8250U CPU, GeForce MX150 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD. Unlike Dell's very wide range of XPS configurations, Huawei is concentrating on faster and fewer SKUs without the unattractive Core i3 and 4 GB options. Do the changes propel the system to be as enticing as a MacBook or XPS?


MateBook XMateBook X Pro
CPUIntel 7th gen. Core i5-7200U or i7-7500UIntel 8th gen. Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U
GPUHD Graphics 620UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX150 w/ 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM and Optimus
RAM8 GB LPDDR3 soldered8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3 soldered
Display13.3-inch 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixel13.9-inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel
Ports3.5 mm audio, 2x USB Type-C Gen. 13.5 mm audio, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB Type-C Gen. 1, Thunderbolt 3
Dimensions12.5 x 286 x 211 mm14.6 x 304 x 217 mm
Battery40 Wh57.4 Wh
Weight1.05 kg1.33 kg


Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 (MateBook Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 936 MHz, Memory: 5010 MHz, GDDR5, 388.92, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3 2133 MHz
Display
13.9 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel 259 PPI, 10-point capacitive, Tianma XM, IPS, ID: TLX1388, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, USB-C x 2, Both allow data transfer, charging and connection with MateDock 2 and one supports Thunderbolt 3
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
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
Webcam: 1MP
Additional features
Speakers: Quad speaker, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, AC adapter, USB Type-C cable, PC Manager, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.33 kg ( = 46.91 oz / 2.93 pounds), Power Supply: 135 g ( = 4.76 oz / 0.3 pounds)
Price
1300 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Much like the first MateBook X, the newer model has a high quality feel from top to bottom. The smooth matte aluminum surfaces return alongside the chrome-cut edges and corners and an even higher 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. Users can easily distinguish between the two generations by the pronounced Huawei logo found only on the MateBook X Pro.

Does the sleek design translate well to quality and rigidity? The MateBook X has set a standard for Huawei and we're glad to see that the manufacturer hasn't buckled or cut any corners. Flexing is minimal around the base and center of the keyboard and likewise for the lid despite the very narrow bezels. The display is significantly firmer than on both the Samsung NP900X3N and LG Gram 13 but still weaker overall compared to the XPS 13, Razer Blade Stealth, and MacBook Pro 13. The bar hinge is sufficiently firm and uniform with minimal teetering up to its maximum of about 150 degrees.

Stuffing in all those new features come at a cost. The MateBook X Pro is thicker, larger, and heavier than the original as shown by the comparison tool below. In fact, the Huawei notebook is now closer than ever to the dimensions and weight of the MacBook Pro 13 and comparable to competing 13-inch Ultrabooks in terms of portability. To Huawei's advantage, the extremely narrow bezels mean a slightly larger screen size (13.9-inch vs. 13.3-inch) without necessarily contributing to a larger footprint.

Excellent rigidity around the lid and palm rests
Excellent rigidity around the lid and palm rests
Smooth aluminum surfaces mimic the MacBook Pro series
Smooth aluminum surfaces mimic the MacBook Pro series
Only one Thunderbolt 3 port, but both can be used for charging
Only one Thunderbolt 3 port, but both can be used for charging
Power button fingerprint reader. Strangely, there are no status lights
Power button fingerprint reader. Strangely, there are no status lights

Connectivity

(July 16, 2018 update): We've since discovered that the Thunderbolt 3 port may only offer a maximum of 20 Gbps (PCIe x2) instead of 40 Gbps (PCIe x4). See our investigation here for more details.

Unlike the Spectre 13, XPS 13 9370, or Zenbook 3, the MateBook X Pro includes a full-fledged USB 3.0 Type-A port. Huawei says its decision to bring back the port was a direct response to consumer demand and the growing annoyance of having to carry Type-C adapters. A full Thunderbolt 3 port (4x lane) resides on the opposite edge for connecting docking stations, displays, and eGPUs. Omitted are the SD card reader and SIM slot as found on certain business-centric laptops and tablets. Even a MicroSD slot would have been useful like on the 13-inch Samsung NP900X3N.

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Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Left: 3.5 mm audio, USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3
Left: 3.5 mm audio, USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3
Right: USB 3.0 (5 V/2 A)
Right: USB 3.0 (5 V/2 A)

Communication

We experienced no connectivity issues with the Intel 8265 WLAN module. Theoretical WiFi speeds of up to 867 Mbps are supported along with Bluetooth 4.2.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
665 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
660 MBit/s ∼99%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
534 MBit/s ∼80% -19%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
520 MBit/s ∼78% -21%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼100% +26%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
556 MBit/s ∼86% +8%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
504 MBit/s ∼78% -2%

Accessories

Included extras are an AC adapter and a USB Type-C to Type-C cable. A cleaning cloth or carrying case would have been nice extras similar to Asus and its ZenBooks. Unlike the XPS 13 or Spectre 13, however, there is no USB Type-C to Type-A adapter in the box.

Maintenance

The bottom panel is relatively easy to remove with a T6 Hex wrench. The eight screws are exposed with none hiding underneath the rubber footing. Care must be taken around the edges and corners since the bottom plate is sharp.

Tinkerers will be disappointed to find that there is almost nothing upgradeable. Most of the volume is dedicated to the battery and heat sink and so RAM is fixed. Additional effort is required to remove the M.2 SSD as it is underneath a heat pipe.

The internals are easy enough to access, but upgrades are user unfriendly
The internals are easy enough to access, but upgrades are user unfriendly

Webcam

Thin bezel laptops like the XPS 13 and LG Gram have to be creative with where to place the webcam and this remains true for the MateBook X Pro. Unfortunately, incorporating the camera onto a keyboard key doesn't solve the issues related to subpar angles. Huawei didn't even bother to up the quality or resolution of the wecam. Perhaps its one saving grace is that the camera can be closed for privacy concerns without needing to resort to tape.

The spring-loaded popup webcam is always at a fixed angle whereas every other laptop webcam can be adjusted
The spring-loaded popup webcam is always at a fixed angle whereas every other laptop webcam can be adjusted
Angle is not ideal and image quality is unimpressive
Angle is not ideal and image quality is unimpressive

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies for both the laptop and its internal battery. Users may need to submit proof of purchase if needing to claim warranty. The coverage details can be found here.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The spill-proof chiclet keyboard (~27.6 x 10.5 cm) is shallow in travel like for most Ultrabooks. Feedback is adequate if not slightly on the soft side to be reminiscent of the MateBook X. The Space key in particular could have benefited from firmer feedback and the Arrow keys are too small yet again. Clatter is minimal as a result for a quieter typing experience. Users accustomed to shallow key travel will find nothing out of the ordinary here. ThinkPads and Spectres offer deeper travel than our Huawei.

White backlighting comes standard in two levels of brightness intensities. The light is applies evenly across all keys save for the special camera key at the center.

Touchpad

The trackpad is very large at 12.0 x 7.8 cm compared to 10.5 x 6.0 cm on the XPS 13 9370. Glide is smooth and responsive from all corners with no cursor jitter. Multi-touch gestures via Windows are easier to use owning to the wide surface area.

The same can't be said for the integrated mouse keys. While we didn't experience any responsiveness issues like on the original MateBook X, feedback is softer and spongier than we would like. It takes a fair amount of force to input a click even when on the bottom half of the surface. We find it easier to tap on the trackpad or touchscreen for inputting mouse clicks in quick succession.

The trackpad occupies a very large portion of the palm rest surface. Too bad there are no dedicated mouse keys
The trackpad occupies a very large portion of the palm rest surface. Too bad there are no dedicated mouse keys
The shallow travel makes for very flat keys with softer feedback. ThinkPad Precision keyboards still offer a superior typing experience
The shallow travel makes for very flat keys with softer feedback. ThinkPad Precision keyboards still offer a superior typing experience

Display

Huawei is doubling down on the 3:2 aspect ratio as the manufacturer believes it to be more productive than the common 16:9. The squarer dimensions give the 13.9-inch screen more real estate than both a 16:9 14-inch notebook and the 16:9 13.9-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible ReviewLenovo Yoga 920. Web pages, presentations, and full frame images benefit from having native 3:2.

The MateBook X Pro is advertised with a backlight of 450 nits and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. Our independent measurements confirm both claims with a center backlight of 442.7 nits and a contrast ratio of 1428:1. Brightness is comparable to the XPS 13 and brighter than the panels of the Yoga 920 and Surface Laptop, but both the Samsung NP900X3N and MacBook Pro 13 are even brighter for better outdoor visibility.

Subjectively, the screen looks representative of the 4-digit price point. Colors pop and texts appear very close to the surface of the thin glass. HWiNFO identifies the IPS panel with the name TIANMA XM and the ID TLX1388 whereas the original MateBook X utilizes a Chi Mei panel. Onscreen content is still extremely crisp even though its pixels are not as dense as a true 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch 4K UHD display. A slight amount of backlight bleeding is present on the bottom edge of our unit that is easy to ignore.

Black-white and gray-gray response times are very similar to that of the MacBook Pro 13 and original MateBook X. The 4K panel of the XPS 13 9370 is notorious for its slower response times and significantly more noticeable ghosting in comparison.

The full-frame 3:2 aspect ratio is similar to the Surface Pro tablets
The full-frame 3:2 aspect ratio is similar to the Surface Pro tablets
Bezels are not as narrow as the XPS 13 9370.. but it's pretty darn close
Bezels are not as narrow as the XPS 13 9370.. but it's pretty darn close
Slight backlight bleeding along bottom edge
Slight backlight bleeding along bottom edge
RGB subpixel array (259 PPI)
RGB subpixel array (259 PPI)
431.8
cd/m²
432.8
cd/m²
391.7
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
442.7
cd/m²
410.9
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
413.6
cd/m²
407.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 464 cd/m² Average: 428.4 cd/m² Minimum: 5.53 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 442.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 1428:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.24 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 1.11
ΔE Greyscale 9.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
95% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 61.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.42
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Tianma XM, IPS, 13.9, 3000x2000
Huawei MateBook X
Chi Mei CMN8201 / P130ZDZ-EF1, , 13.3, 2160x1440
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
ID: Sharp SHP148B, Name: LQ133D1, Dell P/N: 8XDHY, IPS, 13.3, 3840x2160
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
Chi Mei CMN14D2 / N140HCE-EN1, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
APPA033, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1600
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
ID: MEI96A2, Name: Panasonic VVX14T092N00, IPS, 13.5, 2256x1504
Response Times
12%
-72%
14%
-10%
-36%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40.4 (19.2, 21.2)
33 (15, 18)
18%
69.6 (32.4, 37.2)
-72%
30 (14, 16)
26%
42.8 (22.4, 20.4)
-6%
50.8 (25.6, 25.2)
-26%
Response Time Black / White *
25.6 (11.6, 14)
24 (12, 12)
6%
44 (24.4, 19.6)
-72%
25 (14, 11)
2%
28.8 (14.8, 14)
-13%
37.2 (20, 17.2)
-45%
PWM Frequency
3759 (20)
Screen
9%
-5%
-30%
21%
9%
Brightness middle
442.7
408
-8%
478.5
8%
377
-15%
588
33%
384.2
-13%
Brightness
428
395
-8%
466
9%
339
-21%
561
31%
378
-12%
Brightness Distribution
84
88
5%
86
2%
76
-10%
92
10%
90
7%
Black Level *
0.31
0.45
-45%
0.43
-39%
0.4
-29%
0.45
-45%
0.36
-16%
Contrast
1428
907
-36%
1113
-22%
943
-34%
1307
-8%
1067
-25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.24
1.55
31%
3.09
-38%
3.33
-49%
1.7
24%
1.8
20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.19
2.19
70%
5.94
17%
8.02
-12%
3.5
51%
4.2
42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.11
2.06
-86%
3.5
-215%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.7
1.91
80%
2.4
75%
4.89
50%
1.9
80%
1.2
88%
Gamma
1.42 155%
2.34 94%
2.063 107%
2.37 93%
2.33 94%
2.21 100%
CCT
6227 104%
6491 100%
6883 94%
7620 85%
6738 96%
6708 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61.6
61
-1%
69.47
13%
62
1%
77.92
26%
63.7
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95
96
1%
98.36
4%
98
3%
99.94
5%
94.2
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
11% / 9%
-39% / -15%
-8% / -23%
6% / 16%
-14% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is essentially identical to the MateBook X at approximately 95 percent and 62 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively. This is comparable to the panels of the XPS 13 and Asus Zenbook UX3430UN but still narrower than the panel on the MacBook Pro 13. Nonetheless, digital artists will appreciate the near complete sRGB coverage that Huawei offers.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. LG Gram 13
vs. LG Gram 13

Further measurements with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal accurate colors but an unusually low gamma of just 1.4. In comparison, most notebooks in this price range are much closer to the 2.2 ideal. Grayscale is extremely inaccurate as a result with most dark grays appearing more beige than they should be. Fortunately, our calibration attempts are able to fix this and push gamma closer to 2.2 for a significantly improved grayscale. We highly recommend applying our ICC profile above if an end-user calibration is not possible.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
25.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.6 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.2 ms rise
↘ 21.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 47 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor usability is above average when under shade owing to the bright display backlight. The glossy Gorilla Glass overlay, however, accentuates glare no matter the ambient lighting. The maximum brightness setting is unable to overcome direct sunlight. Viewing angles are wide as one would expect from an IPS panel with no major changes to contrast or colors from extreme angles.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The >95 percent sRGB coverage, 3:2 display, Intel U-class CPU, and discrete Nvidia GPU are all designed to target students, graphic designers, and office workers alike. Heavy multi-taskers may want to invest in the higher-end SKU with 16 GB of fixed RAM and a dedicated Nvidia GPU.

 

Processor

The original MateBook X was notable for its approach to passively cool an Intel U-series CPU. While this resulted in a very thin and light design, processor performance suffered from steep throttling over long periods of stress.

Huawei wisely decided to go with the traditional active cooling route on the MateBook X Pro to avoid excessive throttling. When subjected to a continuous CineBench R15 Multi-Thread loop, performance can be observed steadily dropping before finally plateauing at about 15 percent from the original score (537 vs. 458 points) compared to almost 40 percent on last year's MateBook X. As a result, the system is better at maintaining Turbo Boost than the previous generation, albeit still imperfect. Users can still expect a performance level similar to the Core i5-7300HQ or about 25 to 60 percent faster than the Core i5-7200U in the original MateBook X.

See our dedicated page on the Core i5-8250U for more technical information and benchmarks.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
177 Points ∼81% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
165 Points ∼76% +13%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
161 Points ∼74% +10%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼72% +7%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼67%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (81 - 167, n=87)
141 Points ∼65% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
131 Points ∼60% -10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼58% -14%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Core i5-7200U
116 Points ∼53% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼17% +42%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
673 Points ∼15% +30%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
639 Points ∼15% +24%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (320 - 730, n=90)
567 Points ∼13% +10%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
514 Points ∼12% 0%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
353 Points ∼8% -32%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
324 Points ∼7% -37%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Core i5-7200U
322 Points ∼7% -38%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
2.01 Points ∼82% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.9 Points ∼78% +14%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼75% +10%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.66 Points ∼68%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (0.91 - 1.79, n=33)
1.614 Points ∼66% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.52 Points ∼62% -8%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.48 Points ∼61% -11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.2 Points ∼49% -28%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼30% +41%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
7.24 Points ∼27% +25%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.35 Points ∼23% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (3.15 - 7.76, n=33)
6.02 Points ∼22% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.92 Points ∼22% +2%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5.8 Points ∼21%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
3.96 Points ∼15% -32%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.5 Points ∼13% -40%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
6531 Points ∼60% +18%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
6345 Points ∼59% +14%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5939 Points ∼55% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (5349 - 8356, n=40)
5636 Points ∼52% +2%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5552 Points ∼51%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5433 Points ∼50% -2%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
5145 Points ∼47% -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
4913 Points ∼45% -12%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21978 Points ∼44% +30%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
21455 Points ∼43% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
20666 Points ∼42% +22%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (14148 - 22097, n=40)
18263 Points ∼37% +8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17971 Points ∼36% +6%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
16904 Points ∼34%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
11324 Points ∼23% -33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
9706 Points ∼20% -43%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
465.277 s * ∼5% -40%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
436.057 s * ∼5% -31%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
372.39 s * ∼4% -12%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
331.673 s * ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
331.085 s * ∼4% -0%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (243 - 402, n=11)
310 s * ∼4% +7%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
231.67 s * ∼3% +30%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (2.2 - 7575, n=67)
1360 Seconds * ∼6% -121%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
740.35 Seconds * ∼3% -20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
722.288 Seconds * ∼3% -17%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
654.006 Seconds * ∼3% -6%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
616.167 Seconds * ∼3%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
590.45 Seconds * ∼3% +4%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Intel Core i7-7600U
571.795 Seconds * ∼3% +7%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
505.9 Seconds * ∼2% +18%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6416
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
16904
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5552
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.8 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
60.09 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.66 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
146 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
80.97 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
516 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank the MateBook X Pro in the same ballpark as competing Ultrabooks like the XPS 13 9370 and Asus Zenbook UX3430UN. It's interesting to note that final scores are not significantly different than on last year's MateBook X despite the faster specifications of the MateBook X Pro.

We experienced no software issues during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accerated
PCMark 8 Home Accerated
PCMark 8 Work Accerated
PCMark 8 Work Accerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 10 - Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
3840 (min: 3824, max: 3845) Points ∼49% +11%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3728 Points ∼48% +8%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3683 Points ∼47% +7%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
GeForce MX150, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3569 Points ∼46% +4%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3445 Points ∼44%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4880 Points ∼75% +12%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
GeForce MX150, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4613 Points ∼71% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
4461 (min: 4448, max: 4484) Points ∼68% +3%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4339 Points ∼67%
Huawei MateBook X
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, LITEON CB1-SD256
4276 Points ∼66% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4125 Points ∼63% -5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
4106 Points ∼63% -5%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
5544 (min: 5539, max: 5549) Points ∼58% +17%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4931 Points ∼52% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4865 Points ∼51% +2%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4747 Points ∼50%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
3962 Points ∼42% -17%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
4057 (min: 4055, max: 4059) Points ∼67% +17%
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3684 Points ∼60% +6%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
GeForce MX150, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3672 Points ∼60% +6%
Huawei MateBook X
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, LITEON CB1-SD256
3507 Points ∼58% +1%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3478 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3371 Points ∼55% -3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
3071 Points ∼50% -12%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3478 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4747 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4339 points
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Storage Devices

The M.2 SSD can wiggle out from beneath the heat pipe for upgrading
The M.2 SSD can wiggle out from beneath the heat pipe for upgrading

Internal storage is limited to a single M.2 2280 slot compatible with NVMe SSDs. The system utilizes a Samsung PM961 256 GB SSD with faster transfer rates than the Lite-On SSD on the MateBook X. Performance is comparable to the 256 GB Toshiba XG5 found on the XPS 13 9370. Our data is only representative of the 256 GB SKU as we do not know who Huawei is sourcing for its 512 GB configuration.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Huawei MateBook X
LITEON CB1-SD256
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Apple SSD AP0128
Dell XPS 13 9370 i5 UHD
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-22%
32%
2%
3%
8%
Write 4K
116.5
68.05
-42%
142.4
22%
140.57
21%
16.02
-86%
121.4
4%
Read 4K
42.18
28.95
-31%
44.08
5%
43.62
3%
22.9
-46%
33.42
-21%
Write Seq
1079
529.3
-51%
1520
41%
343.33
-68%
721.8
-33%
385.3
-64%
Read Seq
1030
711.1
-31%
1351
31%
1451.81
41%
1807
75%
1958
90%
Write 4K Q32T1
225.7
306.4
36%
436.6
93%
344.37
53%
416.5
85%
375.7
66%
Read 4K Q32T1
302.9
500.9
65%
426.6
41%
457.23
51%
538.1
78%
364.1
20%
Write Seq Q32T1
1174
496.9
-58%
1572
34%
344.3
-71%
733
-38%
1069
-9%
Read Seq Q32T1
3394
1297
-62%
3112
-8%
2885.4
-15%
3121
-8%
2564
-24%
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3394 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1174 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 302.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 225.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1030 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1079 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 42.18 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 116.5 MB/s

GPU Performance

Graphics performance is unquestionably faster than the HD Graphics solution found on most Ultrabooks. The HD graphics 620 in the MateBook X, for example, can be 60 to 70 percent slower than the GeForce MX150 in our newer model depending on the 3DMark benchmark. Raw performance is about 30 percent faster than the older GeForce 940MX while being comparable to the newer Vega 8 and Vega 10 iGPUs found on the latest mobile Ryzen APUs.

It's important to note, however, that the MateBook X Pro is utilizing the slower '1D12' variant of the GeForce MX150 instead of the faster '1D10' variant. Thus, its GPU is about 20 percent slower than the average GeForce MX150 in our database. While home and light office users are unlikely to notice the slower GPU, casual gamers and video editors will be most affected as these types of users benefit from every ounce of GPU power available.

See our dedicated page on the GeForce MX150 for more technical information on the series and our list of notebooks equipped with the MX150.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Sky Diver
Sky Diver
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
7788 Points ∼43% +120%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8550U
6851 Points ∼38% +94%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
5809 Points ∼32% +64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2820 - 4421, n=41)
3951 Points ∼22% +12%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
3538 Points ∼20%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2734 Points ∼15% -23%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2683 Points ∼15% -24%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2395 Points ∼13% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
2193 (min: 2057, max: 2200) Points ∼12% -38%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1665 Points ∼9% -53%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1404 Points ∼8% -60%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
9862 Points ∼19% +183%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8550U
7339 Points ∼14% +111%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
5185 Points ∼10% +49%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2796 - 4905, n=42)
4184 Points ∼8% +20%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
3728 Points ∼7% +7%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3549 Points ∼7% +2%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
3483 Points ∼7%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2613 Points ∼5% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
2379 (min: 2355, max: 2425) Points ∼5% -32%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1776 Points ∼3% -49%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1528 Points ∼3% -56%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
7355 Points ∼18% +168%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8550U
5329 Points ∼13% +94%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
3721 Points ∼9% +36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2323 - 3739, n=39)
3309 Points ∼8% +21%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
2740 Points ∼7%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2442 Points ∼6% -11%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2310 Points ∼6% -16%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2069 Points ∼5% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
1541 (min: 1484, max: 1547) Points ∼4% -44%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1100 Points ∼3% -60%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
875 Points ∼2% -68%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
44796 Points ∼24% +171%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
22624 Points ∼12% +37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (16227 - 22183, n=38)
19450 Points ∼11% +18%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
16553 Points ∼9%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8550U
16381 Points ∼9% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
15613 Points ∼8% -6%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
15186 Points ∼8% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
11495 (min: 10969, max: 11750) Points ∼6% -31%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
10816 Points ∼6% -35%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
7542 Points ∼4% -54%
3DMark 11 Performance
3782 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
33063 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9120 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2507 points
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low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 16286.274.227.9fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 18fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 43382017fps
Overwatch (2016) 95.24325.1fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook to identify for any throttling or stability issues. When subjected to Prime95 to stress the CPU, the processor can be observed running at 2.9 to 3.0 GHz for the first few seconds before hitting 74 C and stabilizing at 1.9 GHz to keep core temperatures in check. Thus, the system is unable to sustain high Turbo Boost clock rates for very long. Nonetheless, 1.9 GHz is 300 MHz faster than the base clock rate of the i5-8250U and so at least some Turbo Boost is preserved. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously can cause core temperatures to reach as high as 80 C. Impressively, however, the CPU will not dip below its base 1.6 GHz clock rate which is uncommon for an Ultrabook.

Witcher 3 stress is more representative of real-world gaming loads. The CPU and GPU can be observed running steadily at 3.0 GHz and 1038 MHz, respectively, with core temperatures in the mid 70 C range each. Performance degrades slightly over time.

Running on battery power will not throttle CPU or GPU performance. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns physics and graphics scores of 7471 and 3481 points, respectively, compared to 7213 and 3483 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
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The Witcher 3 high
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 1.9 -- 68 61
FurMark Stress -- 633 70 73
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.6 608 78 81
Witcher 3 Stress 3.0 1038 73 75

Emissions

System Noise

In order to get the performance desired from a thin design, Huawei had to incorporate a fan this time with longer and more heat pipes than on most Ultrabooks. Fan noise and pulsing are fortunately kept to a minimum and users can expect the same silent experience during low processing loads. Gaming can induce a fan noise of 45 dB(A) to be comparable to many gaming laptops.

Our test unit exhibits no electronic noise or coil whine. Dell can certainly learn a thing or two from this latest MateBook.

~30 mm system fan
~30 mm system fan
Three long heat pipes for two low-power processors
Three long heat pipes for two low-power processors

Noise Level

Idle
27.9 / 27.9 / 27.9 dB(A)
Load
36.2 / 45.2 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: 27.9 dB(A)
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
GeForce MX150, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Noise
-5%
2%
-2%
4%
5%
off / environment *
27.9
30
-8%
29.1
-4%
30.2
-8%
28.2
-1%
28.3
-1%
Idle Minimum *
27.9
30
-8%
29.1
-4%
30.2
-8%
28.2
-1%
28.3
-1%
Idle Average *
27.9
30
-8%
29.1
-4%
30.2
-8%
28.2
-1%
28.3
-1%
Idle Maximum *
27.9
33.1
-19%
29.1
-4%
30.2
-8%
29
-4%
29.3
-5%
Load Average *
36.2
37.6
-4%
32.2
11%
32.9
9%
30.3
16%
32.2
11%
Witcher 3 ultra *
45
Load Maximum *
45.2
37.6
17%
37.3
17%
39.3
13%
39.3
13%
34.5
24%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Witcher 3 stress (rear)
Witcher 3 stress (rear)

Surface temperatures are generally warmer on the MateBook X Pro compared to the MateBook X despite the more capable cooling solution. The bottom of the notebook is already reasonably warm at around 30 C when idling. When gaming, surfaces can be as warm as 48 C compared to just 41 C on last year's model. We can definitely see why Huawei had to thicken the design and incorporate a fan with larger heat sinks. The palm rests and trackpad remain relatively cool no matter the workload, but we recommend a flat desk if gaming because surfaces heat up very quickly. Be sure to leave ample room for ventilation through the rear corner of the unit.

Dell's XPS 13 runs cooler than the MateBook X Pro since it utilizes dual fans in a tighter formation and with no dedicated GPU. Its graphics performance, of course, is much slower. Thicker systems with smaller cooling solutions like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon can be even warmer at over 50 C.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Witcher 3 stress (top)
Witcher 3 stress (top)
Witcher 3 stress (bottom)
Witcher 3 stress (bottom)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Max. Load
 44.2 °C
112 F
44 °C
111 F
43.6 °C
110 F
 
 43.2 °C
110 F
47.4 °C
117 F
48.6 °C
119 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
32.2 °C
90 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 48.6 °C = 119 F
Average: 5.4 °C = 42 F
46 °C
115 F
47 °C
117 F
45.6 °C
114 F
41.6 °C
107 F
43 °C
109 F
41 °C
106 F
38 °C
100 F
37.6 °C
100 F
37 °C
99 F
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 41.9 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.2 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 5.4 °C / 42 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 48.6 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 35.9 °C / 97 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 47 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 40.3 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 3.2 °C / 38 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 5.3 °C / 42 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.4 °C / 93.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (-5.7 °C / -10.2 F).

Speakers

The quad speaker arrangement includes two front-facing speakers on each side of the keyboard plus two more facing the bottom corners. Sound quality is good enough for conferences and reasonably loud on higher settings. Media playback is less impressive due to weak bass and the tendency for the chassis to reverberate when at 50 percent volume or higher.

The two bottom speakers are near the front corners of the notebook
The two bottom speakers are near the front corners of the notebook
The two top speakers look a lot like those on the MacBook Pro
The two top speakers look a lot like those on the MacBook Pro
Pink noise graph. Note the steep drop under 500 Hz to represent subpar bass reproduction
Pink noise graph. Note the steep drop under 500 Hz to represent subpar bass reproduction
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.938.22534.935.83133.834.94032.9345033.332.46331.833.38030.936.910031.841.812530.146.316027.854.320027.65925027.364.331526.468.640025.370.650024.773.363024.566.38002462.6100023.668.2125023.466.616002367.520002367.1250022.966.731502362400022.764.6500022.658.9630022.660.5800022.663.21000022.655.41250022.553.21600022.546.2SPL35.578N2.545median 23.4median 63.2Delta2.35.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Matebook X Pro i5Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.27 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The MateBook X Pro consumes more power than last year's MateBook X largely due to the higher display resolution, larger screen, active cooling solution, and dedicated GPU. Idling on desktop will demand anywhere between 3 W and 12 W depending on the Power profile and brightness setting. If running extreme processing loads, we are able to record a power draw of almost 67 W for only the first few seconds before dropping and stabilizing to around 42 W as shown by our graphs below. Power consumption is always highest during the start of stress tests where throttling has yet to occur. Our results here mirror the results from the CineBench loop test above.

The small (~50 x 28 x 28 mm) 65 W adapter is sufficient as the system will still charge even when gaming. The notebook can indeed draw the full 65 W for very short periods, albeit the 40 W to 50 W range will be more common when under realistic loads. Smaller 45 W USB Type-C chargers are also compatible with the system. 

Prime95+FurMark stress. Note the spike in power consumption during the first few seconds before falling
Prime95+FurMark stress. Note the spike in power consumption during the first few seconds before falling
Witcher 3 stress. Relatively stable power consumption over time
Witcher 3 stress. Relatively stable power consumption over time
Maximum display brightness activated at the 20s mark. Maximum brightness demands about 5 W more than its dimmest setting
Maximum display brightness activated at the 20s mark. Maximum brightness demands about 5 W more than its dimmest setting
Prime95 activated at the 20s mark. Note the spike in power consumption
Prime95 activated at the 20s mark. Note the spike in power consumption
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.59 / 0.62 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 8.9 / 12.3 Watt
Load midlight 54.2 / 52.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
8250U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Huawei MateBook X
7200U, HD Graphics 620, LITEON CB1-SD256, , 2160x1440, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.5
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
7360U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, Apple SSD AP0128, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
8250U, GeForce MX150, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
2%
3%
32%
20%
2%
Idle Minimum *
3.5
4.6
-31%
5
-43%
3.2
9%
3.7
-6%
4.5
-29%
Idle Average *
8.9
11
-24%
8.3
7%
6.5
27%
5.2
42%
7.8
12%
Idle Maximum *
12.3
12
2%
8.8
28%
6.8
45%
7.6
38%
8.1
34%
Load Average *
54.2
39.5
27%
46.4
14%
28.2
48%
41.6
23%
52
4%
Load Maximum *
52.1
34.6
34%
48.6
7%
36
31%
50.5
3%
59
-13%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.4

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Huawei has upped the battery capacity from 40 Wh on the original MateBook X to 57 Wh on this latest revision. The 43 percent increase far outweighs the higher power demands of the MateBook X Pro and so the notebook is both more powerful and longer-lasting than its predecessor. Users can expect around 9 hours of continuous WLAN usage compared to 5.5 hours on the older MateBook X. This is also around 2 hours longer and shorter than the XPS 13 9370 and MacBook Pro 13, respectively.

Charging from near empty to full capacity with the default 65 W adapter takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Note that the charger can also be used on other laptops and to Quick Charge compatible smartphones.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
20h 43min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 13min
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
8250U, GeForce MX150, 57.4 Wh
Huawei MateBook X
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 40 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
7360U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, 54.5 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T
8250U, GeForce MX150, 48 Wh
Battery Runtime
-25%
-23%
3%
-10%
-7%
Reader / Idle
1243
512
-59%
819
-34%
1351
9%
1367
10%
WiFi v1.3
557
337
-39%
465
-17%
602
8%
681
22%
485
-13%
Load
133
162
22%
109
-18%
124
-7%
78
-41%
108
-19%

Pros

+ significantly more powerful CPU and GPU than the MateBook X
+ >95 percent sRGB coverage; high contrast, accurate colors
+ higher battery capacity; respectable battery life
+ Full-lane Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-A
+ high quality chassis; rigid lid and base
+ silent when under low loads
+ large trackpad surface area
+ no pulse-width modulation
+ bright 3:2 touchscreen
+ slim and sleek design
+ attractive price point

Cons

- unable to sustain maximum CPU Turbo Boost for extended periods
- warmer, thicker, larger, and heavier than the MateBook X
- slower '1D12' variant of the GeForce MX150
- very inaccurate grayscale out of the box
- keyboard feedback could be firmer
- no card reader, SIM slot, or NFC
- no 360-degree hinge options
- trackpad keys could be firmer
- loud when gaming
- subpar webcam
- soldered RAM

Verdict

In review: Huawei MateBook X Pro Core i5. Test model provided by Huawei
In review: Huawei MateBook X Pro Core i5. Test model provided by Huawei

Huawei has been able to carve itself a significant slice of the smartphone market with its well-received smartphones and we're beginning to see this same level of quality and care on the second generation MateBook X. Instead of blindly going thinner for the sake of looks, the MateBook X Pro dares to be slightly thicker than its predecessor in return for discrete graphics, a larger battery, and faster performance that users can actually feel. The end result is a system that is very well balanced in both design and power. Huawei only recently entered the worldwide laptop market merely a year ago but this already feels like a product from a veteran manufacturer on par with the XPS, Spectre, and Zenbook families.

Of course, Huawei has to do more than just be comparable to the competition. This is where the very aggressive pricing comes into play as the entry-level MateBook X Pro with i5-8250U CPU and integrated graphics retails for $1200 USD plus a $300 gift card. Altogether, users would be saving hundreds when compared to the XPS 13 or Spectre 13. The $900 range is populated by mainstream laptops like the IdeaPad, Yoga 700 series, VivoBook, Inspiron, or Envy where the MateBook X Pro is indubitably a stronger option than all the above in terms of quality. Users who want dedicated Nvidia graphics, however, will have to put down $1500 to get everything that the flagship notebook offers.

There is still a lot of room for improvement in what we hope will happen for a theoretical third generation MateBook X. For one, the narrow bezels, light weight, and Gorilla Glass touchscreen are just screaming for a 360-degree form factor a la the XPS 2-in-1 or Yoga 920. Webcam positioning is not any better than on the XPS series, either. There have also been some hidden cut corners in terms of performance as shown by our CPU stress tests above and the sly use of a slower GeForce MX150 'Max-Q' GPU instead of the fully-featured GeForce MX150. The lack of any card readers may irk content creators while the integrated trackpad keys are soft and inferior to the same solution on the MacBook series. Had Huawei included NFC, IR, and SIM features, the MateBook X Pro could have appealed even more to business users who value the added security and convenience.

Solid design worthy of the flagship title and an immense improvement over the original MateBook X in terms of power. The heavy promotions from the manufacturer make the MateBook X Pro very compelling for anyone considering an Ultrabook for under $1000 USD. It is essentially a high-end laptop for a mid-range price.

Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 - 05/20/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
92 /  98 → 93%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 71%
Weight
71 / 35-78 → 84%
Battery
92%
Display
86%
Games Performance
74 / 68 → 100%
Application Performance
88 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
84 / 91 → 93%
Noise
91%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
61 / 85 → 71%
Average
80%
88%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-05-21 (Update: 2018-07-17)
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.