The Huawei Matebook X is the MacBook we all wanted

Huawei, although relatively new to the PC-making market, has made each of its products a definite contender to the current flagships we have grown accustomed to seeing. With every release, Huawei’s offerings offer better performance, better budget and an overall better experience for users. Now, the company is trying to outdo Apple’s MacBook with its much thinner and lighter Matebook X.

The PC’s specifications sport a fan-less design, which means it will be rocking Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors for laptops. Essentially, it has almost every feature that one would find in a MacBook, but with the alternative convenience of a Windows operating system, and with a lot more practicality added to the mix. The notebook itself is made of a unique material called the “microencapsulated phase change material”, which imitates the look and feel of metal. Huawei claims that the material makes it better for absorbing the heat produced by the Matebook X. The laptop is also 12.5mm thick at its widest point, thinner than the MacBook and will be available in colours such as space grey and prestige gold.

Matebook X also has some impressive specifications on the inside, coming with a 256GB or 512GB SSD along with 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The screen is a 13-inch display is a 3:2 aspect ratio display with a 2K resolution and a 4.4mm bezel, which supremely ranks higher than most laptops in this regard. The only key discrepancy here is that the screen is a non-touch panel. The laptop also comes in a traditional clamshell design and not a 2-in-1 configuration. Conveniently, the power button on the PC also doubles as a fingerprint sensor on the notebook. The battery is claimed to last up to 10 hours while watching a continuous stream of 1080p video.

Tech Crunch reports that Dolby was directly involved with the development of the unit’s speaker system, so we can expect excellent speaker quality, for an ultra-portable laptop. The device has two USB Type-C ports and that’s it. However, the Matebook X also comes with its own dock that connects to one of the ports to convert it into a hub for a USB Type A port, an HDMI port as well as a VGA port along with an additional USB Type-C port. What’s excellent about this is that Huawei are being practical and cost-effective, without removing the convenience in the user’s perspective. Something that Apple clearly need to learn.

Huawei also introduced two other offerings in the laptop segment – the Matebook E which is more like the Surface Pro with a kickstand. The other is the Matebook D, which is a 15-inch multi-media laptop and comes with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory courtesy of the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics. The Matebook X will start at a cost of 1,399 Euros, while the Matebook E will start at 999 Euros and the Matebook D which will start at a price of 799 Euros.