CES 2019 | The Huawei MateBook 13 is coming to the United States for $999 USD
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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 13||Huawei MateBook X Pro|
|CPU||Core i5-8265U or i7-8565U||Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U|
|GPU||UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX150||UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX150|
|Display||13.3-inch 3:2 2160 x 1440 resolution touchscreen, 300 nits, full sRGB coverage||13.9-inch 3:2 3000 x 2000 resolution touchscreen, 400 nits|
|Ports||2x USB Type-C (mDP compatible), 3.5 mm headphones||USB 3.0, 2x USB Type-C (1x Thunderbolt 3), 3.5 mm headphones|
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO (unnamed), Bluetooth 5||Intel 8265, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Battery||41.7 Wh||57.4 Wh|
|Dimensions||15 x 286 x 211||14.6 x 304 x 217|
|Weight||1.28 kg||1.33 kg|
|MSRP||$1000 to $1300 USD||$1200 to $1600 USD|
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.
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.
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.
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