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