Both were first released in China in late July, so their worldwide debut was timed for the IFA trade fair in Berlin this week.
The MateBook X Pro is powered by a 12th-generation Intel i7 CPU, the i7-1260P. Productivity-focused, therefore no discrete GPU, but integrated Iris Xe should be adequate.
This trade-off makes sense when you consider how portable the X Pro 2022 is: despite its 14.2in screen, it weighs just 1.26kg and is 15.6mm thin. Huawei didn’t include full-size USB-A connectors, thus only USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 are available.
Thanks to a “micro-arc oxidation coating,” the lightweight magnesium alloy doesn’t look metallic. Blue and white coatings feature a velvety sheen, while a heavier grey model is offered in Huawei’s conventional aluminium alloy design.
A tactile trackpad with shortcuts is a pleasant addition: swiping along either side controls display brightness or volume, and touching with your knuckle captures a screenshot.
The X Pro will cost £1,799/€2,199 on September 3, with 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM.
Huawei Matebook design and features
The MateBook 16’s 17.8mm metal body and 1.99kg weight make it durable. It has the same sophisticated ceramic sandblasting finish as other Huawei products, giving it a rough surface. Those expecting for the MateBook X Pro’s Emerald Green finish may be disappointed.
The MateBook 16 has a 16in FullView screen with a 2.5K resolution and TUV Rheinland Certification for colour fidelity, which should result in a true-to-life display.
It features the same 3:2 aspect ratio as other MateBook laptops, which may look odd yet fits more on a screen than 16:9 or 16:10 ratios.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors run at standard voltage for multi-app performance. 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Huawei’s revamped shark fin fan system keep the internals cool and performance smooth.
With an 84Wh battery and 135W USB-C charger, Huawei claims all-day battery life.
Price and Availability
The Huawei MateBook 16 with AMD Ryzen 5 starts at €1099 in Europe; the Ryzen 7 version costs €1199. Given that the remainder of the collection is accessible in the UK, we assume it’ll be launched soon. The same goes for the US.
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