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