We must say, we came away pretty impressed with what Huawei had to offer with its MateBook X Pro in our recent review, which happens to pack in a lot of current-generation hardware into thin and light frame for not of money (at least compared to its rivals). The MateBook X Pro shows that Huawei is getting serious about the U.S. market, and it is further extending the reach with the MateBook D.
Whereas the MateBook X Pro makes uses of 8th generation Intel Core processors, the MateBook D instead uses an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU that incorporates Radeon Vega 8 graphics. You can read our review a system with the Ryzen 5 2500U installed right here.
The MateBook D will be available in just one configuration in the U.S. featuring 8GB DDR4 memory, a 256GB SSD, 14-inch 1920×1080 display and your usual assortment of Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi and a four speaker Dolby Atmos sound system. On the port front, Huawei is quite generous with one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, and one USB-C. You’ll also find the requisite 3.5mm headphone jack and an HDMI connection.
The unibody chassis sports a full-size keyboard that is both spill-proof and backlit. A large trackpad support gesture control and inside you’ll find an integrated 57.4 WHr battery that support quick charging technology, Huawei says that with the quick charge tech onboard, the 3.5-pound MateBook D can go from a 0 percent charge to 40 percent in a half-hour.
While the MateBook X Pro was no doubt value-priced given its specs, the MateBook D drives prices down even further. Huawei says that the MateBook D will be available exclusively (online and in-store) from Walmart for $599.