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