Huawei’s MateBook 13 Is a Powerful MacBook Air Clone

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 14 Comments

Huawei’s MateBook line is getting a new addition today: the MateBook 13. The company’s MateBook line of products always had a resemblance to Apple’s MacBook products, and the latest addition is no different.

The company’s new MateBook 13 is essentially a much more powerful MacBook Air running Windows 10. Weighing just around 1.3kg, the device comes with a 2K display. The 2K display panel on the device is surrounded by 4.4mm bezels, offering a screen-to-body ratio of 88%.

In terms of specs, the MateBook 13 comes with Intel’s latest 8th gen U-series processors. There are two different variants — the i7-8565U variant comes with the MX150 GPU from NVIDIA with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, 8GB of regular RAM, and 512GB PCIe SSD. The other variant that comes with the Core i5-8265U processor includes the Intel Integrated UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of PCIe SSD storage.

Huawei says the new MateBook 13 also comes with its “cutting-edge” fingerprint sensors found on its Android phones, letting users quickly unlock their device. The device promises to offer around 10 hours of battery life.

The MateBook 13 certainly looks like a solid product, though I feel like it is a little uninspired and Huawei should invest in coming up with its own design/style instead of just copying Apple. Either way, the company is also launching a new Android tablet today, though that doesn’t look like an Apple product, thankfully. As for the MateBook 13, the device will be available in the United States on January 29 from Amazon and Newegg. The Core i7 variant costs $1299 while the Core i5 variant costs $999.

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