Huawei has announced its brand new MateBook 13 laptop at CES 2019. The manufacturer seems to compete directly with Apple, as it immediately reminds us of the new MacBook Air. However, the new gem of the Chinese tech giant is a bit thinner and comes with a graphics card from Nvidia.
With a height of 8.31 inches and a width of 11.26 inches, the new MateBook 13 is about 6% thinner than the new MacBook Air. Where the latter has a screen-to-body ratio of 82%, the MateBook 13 comes with an 88% ratio. Also, the new Huawei laptop has a touchscreen with 2160 x 1440 resolution, which has a pixel density of 200PPI. The thickness of the MateBook is 0.59 inch, which is about 2-inch thinner as opposed to the MacBook. However, there is still something to gain regarding weight, since the MacBook is quickly 49 grams lighter.
Other specifications and availability
MateBook 13 comes with Intel Core i5-8265U processor or an Intel Core i7-8565U processor. With the first option, 256 GB of SSD memory is provided, where that with the i7 variant is about 512 GB both models have 8 GB of RAM, where the Nvidia GeForce MX 150 is only used in the i7 version.
Like the other MateBooks, the 13 comes with a headphone jack and two USB-C ports. But Huawei is kind enough to include a dock with USB-A, USB-C, VGA, and HDMI. Unlike the MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 13 houses its one-megapixel webcam in its bezel above the screen instead of under a pop-up button on the keyboard.
Other cool features include a power button which doubles as a fingerprint reader. The trackpad is quite big, feels clicky and it’s quite accurate while the full-sized keyboard is spill-proof. The latter feels just like the rest of the MateBooks – it doesn’t have a lot of travel but it’s got a pleasant and clicky tactile feedback.
With recent privacy concerns over Huawei products, the company decided to use a third-party chip for storing the biometric security info and also decides to clean up Windows experience with a pure Windows 10 installation without any bloatware.
Huawei also offers a 65W USB-C power adapter that you can use to fast charge your compatible phones. The MateBook 13 is supposed to get up to 2.5 hours of “office work” (presumably spreadsheets, emails, and web browsing) in just 15 minutes of charging.
The MateBook 13 is available starting January 29th. The i5 version will cost you 999$, and if you are more interested in the i7 version, including Nvidia card, the price goes up to $1,299.