Huawei is expanding its reach into the U.S. market with the launch of the MateBook X Pro, which is an attractive premium laptop that is high on style and low on weight. Measuring in at just over a half an inch thick and weighing in at a mere 2.9 pounds, the MateBook X Pro aims to impress.
The MateBook X Pro comes with a 13.9-inch, 3000×2000 touch screen display and is powered by 8th generation Intel Core processors. The base system includes a Core i5-8250U with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and integrated Intel graphics. The high-end model bumps that up to a Core i7-8550U with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics cards.
No matter which SKU you choose, you’ll be greeted with a backlit (and spillproof) keyboard, a fingerprint sensor (which is built into the power button) and USB-C connectivity. And unlike some competitors — cough, Apple — Huawei has managed to incorporate a traditional USB Type-A port as well for those that don’t want to live the “dongle life”.
One of the distinguishing features of the MateBook X Pro is its webcam, which isn’t in the traditional position above the display (or even below the display like Dell XPS 13). Instead, the MateBook X Pro houses its webcam in a little popup “key” that is positioned between the F6 and F7 keys on the keyboard. It’s a rather ingenious design that allows Huawei to offer minimal display bezels all around for a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.
As for pricing, the MateBook X Pro is all about value with the entry-level model priced at $1,199, while the high-end model checks in at $1,499. However, Huawei is sweetening the deal at the three retailers — Amazon, Newegg, Microsoft Store — that will offer the laptops in the U.S. Now through June 10th, you will receive special pricing of up to $150 off the MSRP on the laptops. For example, Microsoft is currently selling the base model for $1,149 ($50 discount), while the loaded model rings in at $1,349 ($150 discount). Newegg is offering an even better deal on the base system for the MSRP of $1,199, but is throwing in a $150 gift card at the time of purchase.