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MWC19 | Upcoming Huawei MateBook 14 will carry GeForce MX250 graphics and be thinner than the Dell XPS 13

Upcoming Huawei MateBook 14 will carry GeForce MX250 graphics and be thinner than the Dell XPS 13
Upcoming Huawei MateBook 14 will carry GeForce MX250 graphics and be thinner than the Dell XPS 13
Huawei is marketing its new 14-inch Ultrabook as a mainstream offering, but its sleek design and high-end specifications say otherwise. Expect it to be available by this Summer in the United States for a lower starting price than the MateBook X Pro.

Not content with having two high-end subnotebook models, Huawei will be adding a third to its family called the MateBook 14. This notebook will essentially be the 14-inch version of the 13-inch MateBook 13 launched late last year.

Despite having an ever-so-slightly larger display than the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro, Huawei will be positioning the MateBook 14 a tier lower in terms of features and hardware. Its 3:2 touchscreen resolution will be smaller and a bit dimmer while its USB Type-C port will lack Thunderbolt 3 support. The system will also "only" have two internal speakers versus four on the MateBook X Pro. Even so, its Whiskey Lake-U Core i5-8265U/i7-8565U CPU and 25 W GeForce MX250 GPU options will be identical to the new 2019 MateBook X Pro for similar levels of performance.

One feature to keep in mind is that the MateBook 14 will use the same pop-up keyboard webcam as on the MateBook X Pro instead of the traditional webcam placement like on the MateBook 13. Huawei says this approach allows the MateBook 14 to have a very high screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent and a smaller footprint. In fact, the system will be thinner than the XPS 13 9380 (15.9 mm vs. 19.9 mm) while still managing to integrate both a full-size HDMI 1.4 port and discrete GeForce graphics. Its dual-fan cooling solution can operate up to 5700 RPM if required.

Expect the MateBook 14 to launch this Summer in the United States alongside the new 2019 MateBook X Pro. We'll update this page with starting prices as soon as we learn what they will be. Note that the MateBook 14 will ship with the same 65 W USB Type-C AC adapter as on the MateBook X Pro.

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MateBook 14 will maintain the 3:2 aspect ratio of the MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13
MateBook 14 will maintain the 3:2 aspect ratio of the MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13
"HUAWEI" logo on the outer lid instead of the recognizable flower
"HUAWEI" logo on the outer lid instead of the recognizable flower
Unlike the MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 14 has a full-size HDMI
Unlike the MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 14 has a full-size HDMI
Same fingerprint-enabled power button
Same fingerprint-enabled power button
Same aluminum chassis design language as the MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13
Same aluminum chassis design language as the MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13
'Huawei Share' NFC feature
'Huawei Share' NFC feature
Pop-up webcam returns for better or worse
Pop-up webcam returns for better or worse
Very high screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent
Very high screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent
Smooth matte aluminum surfaces hide fingerprints well
Smooth matte aluminum surfaces hide fingerprints well
Bottom-firing stereo speakers
Bottom-firing stereo speakers
MateBook X Pro (top) vs. MateBook 14 (bottom)
MateBook X Pro (top) vs. MateBook 14 (bottom)
A third Pink Gold option will also be available (not shown)
A third Pink Gold option will also be available (not shown)
MateBook 14 carries an extra USB Type-A port
MateBook 14 carries an extra USB Type-A port
No Thunderbolt 3 support for the less expensive MateBook 14
No Thunderbolt 3 support for the less expensive MateBook 14
Slightly thicker thicker and larger than the MateBook X Pro
Slightly thicker thicker and larger than the MateBook X Pro
The single-bar hinge allows for a wider maximum angle than on the MateBook X Pro
The single-bar hinge allows for a wider maximum angle than on the MateBook X Pro
MateBook X Pro at maximum angle for comparison
MateBook X Pro at maximum angle for comparison
Removable bottom plate with a Torx wrench
Removable bottom plate with a Torx wrench
Huawei MateBook 14 specifications (Source: Huawei)
Huawei MateBook 14 specifications (Source: Huawei)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-02-24 (Update: 2019-04-30)
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.