Huawei has just announced three new MateBooks at a global launch event in Berlin, including the 2-in-1 MateBook E, the 15.6-inch MateBook D and the 13-inch MateBook X. All three will begin shipping over the summer and all three feature Dolby audio – the two laptops being the first to pack a Dolby Atmos Sound System, while the hybrid ships with Dolby Audio Premium.
The MateBook X is a premium looking 13-inch laptop with a fancy new cooling technology that promises better heat dissipation even without a fan. Borrowed from the aerospace industry, Microencapsulated Phase Change Material is the key ingredient behind what Huawei is calling its Space Cooling Technology, allowing the MateBook X to be both silent and super thin. It shifts states between a solid and a liquid in order to better distribute heat away from the processor and battery.
At just 12.5 mm, it’s one and a half millimeters thinner than the new Macbook which replaced the old Macbook Air. The MateBook X’s metal housing comes in Prestige Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold color options. Huawei has also added a fingerprint scanner to the laptop, which, if you’ve ever used a Huawei smartphone, you’d know is super fast and reliable. There’s two USB Type-C ports and a headphone port.
The MateBook X’s 2K display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass, surrounded by 4.4 mm bezels (at least on the sides). It packs either a seventh generation Intel processor – either the i7 or the i5 – and is backed up by Intel HD Graphics 620, 8 GB RAM (4 GB is also available, but 8 GB is standard in the U.S.) and either a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD and a 41.4 Wh battery. It weighs in at 1.05 kg (2.31 pounds).
If a hybrid 2-in-1 is more your style, the MateBook E is a 12-inch 2K touch display paired with a removable folding cover that incorporates a folio keyboard. With the full chicklet keyboard attached the MateBook E weighs 1.1 kg while the tablet alone is 640 grams. It comes in three color combos: Titanium Gray with a blue keyboard and Champagne Gold with either a brown or pink keyboard.
You have options for an Intel i5-7Y54 processor or m3-7Y30, both with Intel HD Graphics 615. The MateBook E is powered by a 33.7 Wh battery, with 8 GB of RAM (with a 4 GB version available outside the U.S.) and storage options including 128 GB, 256 GB or a 512 GB SSD.
It has a single USB Type-C port and retains the headphone port, but adds more magnets to the keyboard for a more secure fit, featuring seven compared to last year’s MateBook which only had three.
Like the MateBook X, the MateBook E is bundled with the new MateDock 2.0 adapter – a thinner, lighter version of the previous generation hub with support for HDMI, VGA, USB-C and USB-A 3.0 connections. The MateBook E also ships with the new MatePen and includes the keyboard cover. It also packs Dolby audio software, but it features Dolby Audio Premium as opposed to the Dolby Atmos Sound System included on both the MateBook X and MateBook D.
The MateBook D isn’t super thin at 16.9 mm thick and isn’t super lightweight at 1.9 kg (4.19 lbs) – and it isn’t a convertible, but if portability isn’t your primary concern, it packs vaguely similar specs to the MateBook X. The MateBook D has a 15.6-inch IPS Full HD display, Intel i7 or i5 processor and either an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 or a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU.
There’s a range of storage configurations: 4 GB of RAM with a 500 GB HDD, or an 8 GB of RAM model with either a 1 TB HDD or a 256 GB SSD. There’s also versions with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM with a 128 GB SSD and 500 GB HDD and another 8 GB version with 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. At the top of the line there’s a model with 16 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. The MateBook D comes in Space Gray, Champagne Gold and Aurora Blue, with a 43.3 Wh battery.
Specs and features
|Huawei Matebook X||Huawei Matebook E||Huawei Matebook D|
|Appearance||Dimensions (H × W × D): 12.5 mm x 286 mm ×211 mm|
Weight: approximately 1.05 kg (2.31 lb)
Color: Space Gray, Prestige Gold, and Rose Gold
|Dimensions (H × W × D): 6.9 mm x 278.8 mm ×194.1 mm|
Weight: approximately 640 g (without keyboard), 1100 g (with keyboard)
Titanium Gray + Blue Folio Keyboard
Champagne Gold + Brown Folio Keyboard
Champagne Gold + Pink Folio Keyboard
|Dimensions (H × W × D): 16.9 mm x 358 mm × 239 mm
Weight: approximately 1.9 Kg (4.19 lb)
Color: Space Gray, Champagne Gold, Aurora Blue
|Processor||WT-W09:7th Generation Intel®|
CoreTM i5-7200U processor
WT-W19:7th Generation Intel®
CoreTM i7-7500U processor
|BL-W09: 7th Generation Intel®|
CoreTM m3-7Y30 processor
BL-W19: 7th Generation Intel®
CoreTM i5-7Y54 processor
|7th Generation Intel®
CoreTM i5 Processor
7th Generation Intel®
CoreTM i7 Processor
|GPU||Intel® HD Graphics 620||Intel® HD Graphics 615||PL-W09, PL-W19, PL-W29 integrated graphics: HD Graphics 620
PL-W19, PL-W29 discrete graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
|Storage||256 GB/512 GB SSD|
4 GB/8 GB LPDDR3
|128 GB/256 GB/512 GB SSD|
4 GB/8 GB LPDDR3
|4G+500G HDD; 8G+1TB HDD; 8G+256G SSD
4G/8G+128G SSD+500G HDD
8G+128G SSD+1TB HDD; 16G+128G SSD+1TB HDD
|Wi-Fi||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO|
|Bluetooth||BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)||BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)||BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)|
|Battery||Material: lithium polymer|
41.4 Wh (5449mAh@7.6V)
Local video playback time: approximately 10 hours
|Material: lithium polymer|
Local video playback time: approximately 9 hours
|Material: lithium polymer
Local video playback time: approximately 8.5 hours
|Audio configuration||Dual digital |
|Dolby Audio Premium||Dolby ATMOS Sound System|
|Screen||Size: 13 inches|
Type: IPS, Corning® Gorilla® glass
Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels, 200 pixels per inch (PPI)
Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Colors: sRGB 100% color gamut
Brightness: 350 nits
|Size: 12 inches|
Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels, 216 pixels per inch (PPI)
Viewing angle: 160 degrees
Colors: NTSC 85% color gamut
Brightness: 400 nits
|Size: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 108 pixels, 142 pixels per inch (PPI)
Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Colors: NTSC 45% color gamut
Brightness: 250 nits
Huawei MateBook E, D, and X pricing
Prices for the new Huawei MateBook E, MateBook D, and MateBook X start from 799 euro for the cheapest MateBook D version and reach 1699 euro for the top of the line MateBook X.
Here’s the breakdown:
Huawei MateBook D
- i5/8GB/1TB HDD/Nvidia 940MX: €799
- i5/8GB/128GB SSD+1TB HDD/Nvidia 940MX: €899
- i7/8GB/128GB SSD+1TB HDD/Nvidia 940MX: €999
Huawei MateBook E
- m3/4GB/128 GB SSD: €999
- i5/4GB/256 GB SSD: €1199
- i5/8GB/256 GB SSD: €1299
Huawei MateBook X
- i5/8GB/256 GB SSD: €1399
- i5/8GB/512 GB SSD: €1599
- i7/8GB/512 GB SSD: €1699
The new trio of MateBooks will begin shipping over summer 2016.
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