The Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) is now in it's second iteration, still doesn't get webcam positioning right

The Huawei Matebook X Pro now comes in an Emerald Green color option. (Image Source: Huawei)
The Huawei Matebook X Pro now comes in an Emerald Green color option. (Image Source: Huawei)
Huawei has introduced the MateBook X Pro (2020) earlier this week. The MateBook X Pro continues the same design language of the last year model, including the odd webcam placement, with the only notable differences being the new Emerald Green color option and upgraded internals to Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics.

Towards the end of last year, Huawei introduced a refreshed MateBook D lineup with both Intel and AMD options. Earlier this week, Huawei unveiled the second generation of the MateBook X Pro sporting a similar design as the previous MateBook X Pro (2019). This year's refresh sees a new Emerald Green paint job apart from the usual Mystic Silver and Space Gray color options. 

The MateBook X Pro (2020) weighs just 1.33 kg and is only 14.6 mm thick. The display is a 13.9-inch Ultra FullView LTPS display with a 3K resolution (3,000 x 2,000 pixels) and ultra-slim bezels. It is also a touchscreen and can display 100% of the sRGB color gamut.

However, the super-slim bezels means that Huawei has once again no option but to retain the pop-up webcam in the keyboard. This will surely irk those who need to do quite a bit of video conferencing as the awkward webcam positioning essentially turns it into a "nose-cam". We wish Huawei brought back the original MateBook X design from 2017, which had the webcam in the proper place yet offered slim bezels. 

Webcam gripes apart, the MateBook X Pro (2020) gets the mandatory upgrade to Intel Comet Lake-U with a choice of either the Core i5-10210U or the Core i7-10510U. An NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU powers the graphics subsystem. Huawei said that the latest MateBook X Pro uses an "intelligent cooling system" with Shark Fin Fans 2.0 for dynamic switching between active and passive cooling along with real-time temperature monitoring.

The 56 Wh battery should provide a decent battery life to get through a typical workday, and it can be quickly topped up with the 65W Type-C charger. Speaking of Type-C chargers, the MateBook X Pro (2020) comes with a minimal port selection with just two USB Type-C ports and a USB 3.0 Type-A port along with a 3.5mm combo audio jack. 

The MateBook X Pro supports Huawei Share, which is the company's way of ensuring Windows and Android play well together seamlessly. Huawei Share offers Multi-Screen Collaboration that allows controlling the phone's interface directly from the Matebook X Pro. Huawei Share requires a compatible Huawei or Honor smartphone with NFC capabilities.  

The Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) will be available from April 2020 in Europe, Asia Pacific, Russia, Latin America, Japan, and the Middle East. Prices start from €1,499 for the Core i5 variant with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage without the MX250 GPU and top-out at €1,999 for the Core i7 variant with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, and the MX250 GPU.



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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-02-26 (Update: 2020-02-26)
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.