Huawei opens up three new Windows 10 notebooks

Huawei has been able to capture at least a little attention in the North America with high-spec smartphones at mainstream prices. The company's Surface-like MateBook may not have had the same kind of impact, but the Chinese manufacturer is trying to court more Americans to its portable PC lineup with the conventional MateBook D, the hybrid-tablet MateBook E, and the MacBook-Surface Laptop-hybrid MateBook X.

The MateBook D comes with a 15.6" IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 inside of what the Verge calls an all-metal body. Kaby Lake Core i5 and Core i7 processors will be offered, with anywhere from 4 GB to 16 GB of system memory. The standard loadout includes 1 TB of spinning platter storage, but SSD-equipped models will also be available. Most units will most certainly ship with integrated graphics, but an Nvidia GeForce 940MX will be available for those who need somewhat more pixel-pushing power.

The MateBook E has a 12.1", 2160×1440 IPS display with touch support tucked into its aluminum shell. The screen has the same 3:2 aspect ratio as Microsoft's Surface line. Kaby Lake Core i5 and i7 processors will be available with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and SSDs in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities will slot in for storage duties. Graphics are limited to Intel IGPs, which is not unusual for this class of device. A detachable full-size backlit keyboard is included in the box, and at least one USB Type-C port is present, unlike the port loadout of Microsoft's latest Surface Pro.

Huawei's MateBook X follows the MacBook's playbook for a slim laptop, but it also has a host of business features. In what is starting to sound like a pattern, Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs are paired with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory and 256 or 512 GB SSDs. Intel IGPs send graphics to a 2160×1440 IPS screen with no touch support.

Huawei didn't provide pricing or availability information, but The Verge says the MateBook D, MateBook E, and MateBook X will start shipping this summer.

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    • Jambe
    • 2 years ago

    Continuing a fine tradition of cringe-tastic product names. I guess at least it’s not m8b00k.

    They certainly look sleek.

    • Peter.Parker
    • 2 years ago

    I’m not sure how reliable is the source, but just to have an idea of the prices, even if it’s in Euros:

    [quote<]Huawei's Matebook X is a fanless notebook with splash-proof screen and combined fingerprint sign-on and power button, priced between EUR 1,399 and 1,699 ($1,570-$1,900 or roughly Rs. 1,01,400-Rs. 1,23,200). Its Matebook E 2-in-1 hybrid will run from EUR 999 to 1,299 (roughly Rs. 72,400-Rs. 94,200) while the Matebook D with 15.6-inch display is priced at EUR 799 to 999 (roughly Rs. 58,000-Rs. 72,400), it said. [/quote<] [url<]http://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/huawei-matebook-x-e-d-price-windows-10-laptops-launch-specifications-release-date-1697522[/url<]

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Oh wow, those prices are awful for the X, expecially considering the Zenbook competition at something between 1/2 and 2/3 the cost.

      The D, on the other hand, seems reasonable.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Looks nice.

    I’d expect Apple to kick up a fuss about the MateBook D completely ripping-off the previous generation of Macbook, but I’ll gladly buy one if it means I don’t have to mess with bootcamp and don’t have to pay the ridiculous Apple tax for a simple, minimalist laptop.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Good to see another contender in the laptop market.

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    Love the 3:2 aspect ratio on the matebook X, hope to see more manufacturers follow this trend.

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      3:2 is 16:10.7 which is marginally better than Apple’s usual 16:10 which itself is marginally better than 16:9.

        • tsk
        • 2 years ago

        It’s the perfect aspect ratio for laptops IMO. The difference between 16:9 and 3:2 on a 13″ screen is huge.

      • dyrdak
      • 2 years ago

      +1 for courage – decent screen, audio jack and no touchscreen. Could use some standard USB port though.

    • GeneS
    • 2 years ago

    Did somebody find a forgotten shipping container of 940MXs or something???

      • Airmantharp
      • 2 years ago

      Apparently, though they appear to be useful for the intended purpose. Nvidia should just rebrand them as a 10-series like they’ve done in the past, call it a 1020MX or something so we won’t complain.

        • trek205
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah luckily AMD never rebrands anything…

      • wabbit
      • 2 years ago

      I won’t complain – it’s fast enough that my ThinkPad at work went through entire ME: Andromeda without a hitch.

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