Huawei Announces New MateBook Portable PCs

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Huawei Announces New MateBook Portable PCs

Huawei today announced a new family of its flagship MateBook portable PCs, with new notebook and 2-in-1 designs that will begin shipping this summer. Each is stunning and, more interesting, each addresses concerns I have with Microsoft’s new Surface devices.

“The Huawei MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D feature dynamic new advances, redefining the intersection of mobility and personal computing,” the company told me this morning. “For those constantly on the go between home and work, these devices deliver a refined mobile experience, allowing people to stay connected to everyone and everything that matters.”

The newly-announced devices include:

MateBook X. This gorgeous looking 13.3-inch notebook offers a silent and fanless design with Intel Core i5 or i7 chipsets, a near-bezeless 3:2 display, a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader, and Dolby Atmos sound. It is available in three colors: Prestige Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold.

MateBook E. Available in blue, brown and pink, this elegant Surface Pro-like 2-in-1 PC comes with a new Folio keyboard cover with up to 160 degrees of tilt, Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 choices, and a 2K multi-touch display.

MateBook D. This 15.6-inch notebook PC provides Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, optional NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, and Dolby Atmos sound. It’s just 16.9 mm thin, is made from aluminum alloy, and is available in three colors: Space Gray, Champagne Gold and Aurora Blue.

Availability in the US is unclear at the moment, but I’ve reached out to Huawei for more information.

For now, let’s consider how these devices improve on what Microsoft is doing with Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, and Surface Book.

MateBook X is a clear Surface Laptop competitor. But it provides a sleeker design and modern USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 expansion. It’s also an all-metal design that won’t need the pampering that Surface Laptop’s Alcantara will.

MateBook E, meanwhile, takes on Surface Pro. But Huawei’s rendition of this type of device is much more elegant looking, has much smaller bezels, and features modern USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 expansion. (That said, there appears to be only port.)

The MateBook D isn’t a direct Surface Book competitor, as it comes with a bigger screen. The pricing is significantly lower than with Surface Book, and the screen goes back much further. But this device sticks with old-school USB 3 (three of them) and HDMI ports. It’s a more traditional laptop, but with very thin bezels.

These devices are very interesting, especially the MateBook X and MateBook E.

 

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10 responses to “Huawei Announces New MateBook Portable PCs”

  1. RobertJasiek

    Huawei would convince me if battery life improved dramatically and the display was matte enabling what the devices claim: mobile, outdoor use

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      That ship has sailed. It's all glass now.

      • RobertJasiek

        In reply to jimchamplin:

        I think you mean "glare" (mobile devices need glass whether glare or matte). It is not all glare, see Toshiba Portege, Wacom, to some extent Fujitsu and Panasonic. What is all glare, however, is non-ruggedised tablets and 2-in-1s with 3:2 or 4:3 display ratio.

        Compare notebooks, PC monitors and TVs: they are offered glare or matte. So the ship has not sailed. Rather it has not even started for the most mobile device classes - those needing low reflectance the most because of being used outdoors the most.

    • GarethB

      I don't know why these manufacturers insist on glare-laden screens. I can only assume because it looks good to dumb buyers

      It's the entire reason I got a Lenovo X1 Carbon over the HP x360. They were so close in specs, but dealing with glare in any productivity (aka not watching a movie) situation is hardly bareable.

  2. jimchamplin

    The only problems I have with Huawei products are the same things I have with most tech products.

    1) They cost money

    2) I am perennially broke

    Once 2 changes with a new job, then one of these machines will be on the short list as long as they use Precision Trackpad. No more weird cheap OEM junk for me. I HATE the Elantech pad on my Lenovo. Everything else about it is great.

  3. ibmthink

    Another 3:2 Notebook. Nice.

  4. Payton

    Any support for digital ink on the devices?

  5. anchovylover

    In my experience of two Huawei phones including the Mate 9 this company knows how to produce quality products. Just think, if it wasn't for MS showing vision and leadership in sticking with the Surface line these devices would never have been conceived.

  6. JudaZuk

    Me suspects this sentence is wrong :) "(That said, there appears to be only port.)"


    I'm guessing it is meant to say "(That said, there appears to be only one port.)"

  7. JHONTIGER

    First up is the MateBook X, a 13-inch Windows 10 ultraportable that fixes a lot of the problems users had with the original MateBook. It features a traditional aluminum clamshell design instead of a 2-in-1 configuration, has Intel Core i5 and i7 processors instead of the less powerful Core m series, and can allegedly last up to 10 hours while watching 1080p video on a single charge.

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