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CES 2019 | The Huawei MateBook 13 is coming to the United States for $999 USD

The MateBook 13 is Huawei's answer to the Apple MacBook Air (Source: Huawei)
The MateBook 13 is Huawei's answer to the Apple MacBook Air (Source: Huawei)
The 13.3-inch laptop is 1.6 mm thinner than the 2018 MacBook Air and has a higher 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. Its Whiskey Lake-U options should provide a significant boost in CPU performance over the passively-cooled Amber Lake-Y processor in the Apple equivalent. The MateBook 13 launches later this month for a starting price of $999 USD.

After the successful launch of the MateBook X Pro earlier this year, it was only natural for Huawei to expand its lineup of laptops beyond just the flagship 13.9-inch MateBook X and entry-level 15.6-inch MateBook D. Launched late last year in Asia, the mainstream 13.3-inch MateBook 13 sits in between the aforementioned MateBook X Pro and MateBook D in terms of features and design and it will finally make its way to North America before the end of this month.

Huawei MateBook 13Huawei MateBook X Pro
CPUCore i5-8265U or i7-8565UCore i5-8250U or i7-8550U
GPUUHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX150UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX150
Display13.3-inch 3:2 2160 x 1440 resolution touchscreen, 300 nits, full sRGB coverage13.9-inch 3:2 3000 x 2000 resolution touchscreen, 400 nits
Ports2x USB Type-C (mDP compatible), 3.5 mm headphonesUSB 3.0, 2x USB Type-C (1x Thunderbolt 3), 3.5 mm headphones
Wireless802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO (unnamed), Bluetooth 5Intel 8265, Bluetooth 4.2
Battery41.7 Wh57.4 Wh
Dimensions15 x 286 x 21114.6 x 304 x 217
Weight1.28 kg1.33 kg
MSRP$1000 to $1300 USD$1200 to $1600 USD

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Core differences between the MateBook 13 and the MateBook X Pro are detailed in the table below. Aside from the Kaby Lake-R to Whiskey Lake-U processor upgrade, the most notable external changes are perhaps the removal of Thunderbolt 3 compatibility and the repositioning of the webcam. The pop-up webcam of the MateBook X Pro received criticism from day one and so we're glad to see it back to its rightful place atop the screen.

USB Type-C charging returns via a 20V/3.25A adapter that can also be used to charge other USB Type-C devices. While the notebook has one USB Type-C port on the left and right side each, only the left port can be used for charging the system. A free USB Type-C to Type-A and HDMI adapter will be included in the retail box much like for the MateBook X Pro.

Similar CNC aluminum alloy chassis as the MateBook X Pro
Similar CNC aluminum alloy chassis as the MateBook X Pro
Chrome-cut edges and corners hide fingerprints well
Chrome-cut edges and corners hide fingerprints well
Left edge for charging and audio. No integrated USB Type-A
Left edge for charging and audio. No integrated USB Type-A
USB port on the right edge cannot be used to charge the laptop
USB port on the right edge cannot be used to charge the laptop

Huawei will be sticking to the 3:2 display aspect ratio for productivity reasons similar to the Microsoft Surface series. Glossy touchscreen will come standard across all SKUs in the United States while SKUs in Asia will have non-touchscreen options.

From our short preview with the MateBook 13, we're impressed by the build quality of the system as its rigid CNC aluminum alloy chassis feels more like the MateBook X Pro instead of the cheaper MateBook D. However, the shallow 1.2 mm key travel feels softer than the keys on the X Pro and the trackpad seems spongier to press as well. We'll reserve our final judgment until units hit store shelves in just a few weeks.

At just 1.2 mm of travel, the keys are softer than on the MateBook X Pro
At just 1.2 mm of travel, the keys are softer than on the MateBook X Pro
Pop-up camera has been removed in favor of a more traditional webcam
Pop-up camera has been removed in favor of a more traditional webcam
Fingerprint-enabled Power button
Fingerprint-enabled Power button
Thankfully, a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter is included in every retail box
Thankfully, a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter is included in every retail box

A discrete GeForce MX150 GPU option will be made available. Huawei doesn't say, but it's a safe bet that the GPU will be the slower '1D12' variant much like on the MateBook X Pro.

The base configuration with the Core i5-8265U CPU, integrated UHD Graphics 620 GPU, and 256 GB PCIe SSD will retail for $999 while the higher-end configuration with the i7-8565U, discrete GeForce MX150 GPU, and 512 GB PCIe SSD will retail for $1299 USD. Only the higher-end SKU will come in a gray color option while the cheaper SKU will be white only.

Wide trackpad and large keys for the screen size
Wide trackpad and large keys for the screen size
Lid opened to maximum angle
Lid opened to maximum angle
Huawei claims a side bezels are just 4.4 mm
Huawei claims a side bezels are just 4.4 mm
Chassis feels as strong as the MateBook X Pro even tho the MateBook 13 is a "mainstream" solution
Chassis feels as strong as the MateBook X Pro even tho the MateBook 13 is a "mainstream" solution
Huawei says the RAM and PCIe SSD are mounted, but we'll have to confirm when we get our hands on a test unit
Huawei says the RAM and PCIe SSD are mounted, but we'll have to confirm when we get our hands on a test unit
Sadly, there is still no SD reader or Bluetooth 5
Sadly, there is still no SD reader or Bluetooth 5
(Source: Huawei)
(Source: Huawei)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 6)
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.