19 March 2020
Honor's just-concluded launch event in China was packed with new hardware announcements. It announced a new Android flagship smartphone lineup Honor V30, a new smartwatch MagicWatch 2, and also new notebooks MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15. These are the newest members of the MagicBook series and are powered by AMD Ryzen series of processors.
The MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15 have been released with 14-inch and 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display respectively. These are FullView Display panels which means you will get negligible bezels on all four sides for an immersive media consumption experience. It also results in a screen-to-body ratio of 84% and 87% respectively.
Honor has packed them with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U processors depending on what configuration model you go for. These notebooks come with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and an option to choose between 256GB and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The Ryzen 5 variant features Radeon Vega 8 GPU and the Ryzen 7 variant comes with Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU.
The keyboard on these notebooks does not have a dedicated numeric pad but the trackpad is now 11% larger. It has a fingerprint scanner integrated within the power button for biometric authentication purposes. The 14-inch and 15-inch notebooks come with 56Wh and 46Wh battery capacity respectively with support for charging via USB Type-C port. It has a 65W charger claimed to offer a 46% charge within 30 minutes. Other connectivity options include a USB 2.0 Type-A port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Honor has launched both MagicBook models with the option of Windows and Linux operating systems. The actual pricing will depend on the display size, hardware configuration, and chosen operating system. You can check out all the available combinations with their pricing below:
- MagicBook 14 Windows (Ryzen 5 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for CNY 3,899 (about $554)
- MagicBook 14 Windows (Ryzen 7 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for CNY 4,199 (about $596)
- MagicBook 15 Windows (Ryzen 5 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for CNY 3,899 (about $554)
- MagicBook 14 Linux (Ryzen 5 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for CNY 3,599 (about $511)
- MagicBook 14 Linux (Ryzen 7 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for CNY 3,899 (about $554)
- MagicBook 15 Linux (Ryzen 5 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage) for CNY 3,299 (about $469)
- MagicBook 15 Linux (Ryzen 5 with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage) for CNY 3,599 (about $511)