Huawei makes a year-end splash with the refreshed MateBook D

The Huawei MateBook D gets an year-end refresh. (Source: MyDrivers)
The Huawei MateBook D gets an year-end refresh. (Source: MyDrivers)
Huawei has launched the refreshed MateBook D for 2018. Currently available for the Chinese market, the new version of the MateBook D comes in three variants with 8th gen Intel Core processors and the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.

Just in time for the New Year, Huawei has announced the availability of the refreshed MateBook D. The new MateBook D is not too different from last year's model but is now available with 8th generation Intel 'Kaby Lake-R' quad core CPUs and the NVIDIA GeForce MX150, which should offer quite a performance boost from the previous generation. Apart from the refreshed internals, the notebook also features Dolby's Panaromic Sound system for enhanced audio. 

The design of the notebook is more or less in line with the previous generation. The new MateBook D tips the scales at 1.8 kg, comes with an almost bezel-less display that has an 83% screen to body ratio, and houses a 43 Wh battery that Huawei promises will last up to 10 hours of regular use or 8.5 hours of video playback. IO connectivity includes 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, and HDMI. USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 seem to have been left out. The power adapter has been reduced to weigh just 170 g, which lends well to the portability of the device. The new MateBook D will be available in the following configurations —

  • Core i5-8250U / 8GB memory / 256GB SSD / MX150 graphics — 5188 yuan (US$790)
  • Core i5-8250U / 8G memory / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD / MX150 graphics — 5488 yuan (US$840)
  • Core i7-8550U / 8G memory / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD / MX150 graphics 6688 yuan — (US$1020)

While Huawei has confirmed availability of the MateBook D for the Chinese market, it is not yet known when the firm will launch it worldwide. Hopefully, we will learn more about that during CES 2018. The previous MateBook D had some good things going for it but suffered from improper thermal management leading to throttling at high loads. It will be interesting to see if Huawei has addressed some of the shortcomings in the new version.

Huawei MateBook D announcement. (Source: MyDrivers)
Huawei MateBook D announcement. (Source: MyDrivers)


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12-26 (Update: 2017-12-26)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.