10 January 2019
Huawei is just a few years old in making laptops but its MateBook X Pro was very well received by the users and geeks alike. If the MateBook Pro X was pitted against the Apple MacBook Pro, the company is now taking on the popular rival MacBook Air with the all-new MateBook 13 which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019.
This new MateBook 13 fits right in between the MateBook D and the MateBook X Pro and as the name suggests, sports a 13-inch 2160×1440 touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio with 300 nits brightness levels. The new laptop offers slightly higher screen-to-body-ratio compared to the rival new MacBook Pro and Huawei claims that it can offer up to 10 hours of battery backup.
Talking about specifications, the MateBook 13 comes with an Intel Core i5-8265U CPU with integrated graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD while the higher variant comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, and an Nvidia MX150 GPU with 2GB of VRAM.
Huawei has included a fingerprint sensor with the power button which helps in turning on the laptop and logging in to windows with a single button. The laptop retains the traditional chicklet styled backlit keyboard and comes with a dual-fan sharkfin 2.0 cooling system. Talking about the ports, the MateBook 13 comes with only two USB Type C ports which may feel very less. However, Huawei is bundling in a $70 MateBook Dock 2 which offers connectivity via a USB Type-A, HDMI, Ethernet, and VGA ports.
In terms of pricing, the Huawei MateBook 13 is priced at $999 for the Intel i5 variant while the more powerful Intel i7 variant sets you back with $1299 and will start retailing in the US on January 29th at Amazon, Newegg, and other retailers.