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The MateBook X is Huawei's new flagship notebook

The Huawei MateBook X. (Image: Huawei)
The Huawei MateBook X. (Image: Huawei)
The MateBook X is a new compact ultrabook from Huawei that is very reminiscent of a certain rival's thin-and-light.

Huawei announced a few new notebooks today, but one of them stands above the others: the MateBook X.

The MateBook X is Huawei’s flagship notebook this year, and it looks pretty impressive. Here are the specs:


  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Up to 512 GB SSD
  • Up to 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 2x USB Type-C ports (USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt unknown)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Combo audio in/out jack

Perhaps the main draw is the size. The MateBook X weighs only 2.3 pounds and comes in at just under half an inch thick (0.49 inches, to be precise). The 13-inch 2160x1440 display has very thin bezels (about 0.17 inches) and has a unique 3:2 ratio. This small size makes the MateBook X smaller than a piece of A4 paper, according to Huawei’s marketing. It’s definitely a portable device, and it should be a quiet one as well; according to the product page, it looks like Huawei will offer at least one fanless option. Huawei also stated that the 41 Wh battery should run the device for 10 hours while watching 1080p video.

It’s pretty clear who Huawei is targeting with the MateBook X; the similarities between the MateBook X and Apple’s Macbook are undeniable. The style and design are very reminiscent of Apple’s ultra-thin device, and Huawei is even offering the MateBook X in a rose gold color that’s very similar to Apple’s. All said, the MateBook X is a good looking notebook that should be more than powerful enough for most people’s needs.


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Sam Medley, 2017-05-23 (Update: 2017-05-23)