So here I am, ten thousand miles from home in a foreign country (whose lips I do not speak) covers a commercial exhibition myself, and I understand the white power on my XPS 13 is blown up … … this is a disaster … My laptop is the soul of its nose. What's even worse is that XPS of my work is the last generation without the support to charge the USB-C, and because Spain did not put shit on Dell, no It had to be replaced (believe me I tried).
This post was originally posted on April 3, 2018.
But then I remember, when I nervously see the battery of my laptop ticking between 68 and 67 percent, there is a solution. This is because in my portfolio, I was carrying a review unit for Huawei's new laptop, MateBook X Pro. All right, it's time for a real trial.
a surprise! Huawei's Matebook X Pro just hit Australia (and it's on sale)
Here at Gizmodo we have been shouting about the absence of Matebook X Pro in Australia for a while now. Considered one of the best laptops of 2018, we desperately wanted to try one. I even bothered Huawei about that in IFA a few months back.
Well, surprise! Huawei just casually dropped it in Australia as its NBD. Here's how you can get one.
While most well known for its smartphones, Huawei has been slowly pushing into laptops and tablet over the past few years. His first big success came with the original MateBook X, which took (or borrowed) the template from a 12-inch MacBook and fixed several themes. But for the MateBook X Pro, the company set the sights on something bigger: the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And you know what? Huawei has been completely successful, because for any downside of Apple's top laptop, Huawei seems to have an answer.
Like Apple, Huawei starts with a solid aluminum body and then adds surprisingly loud loud speakers to the sides, one large piece of surface down down, and a smart power button / integrated fingerprint combo on the top left – and all this at the highest level. Then there is a backlit keyboard Matebook X Pro. While this is a bit on the shallow side, the relatively high auctuct weight of the keyboard and the deep key journey feels much better on the trash you get on modern MacBooks.
Huawei also cleverly included two USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 3) and USB one 3-port type so that you can live a life without pong. I would very much like it if Huawei found a place in the SD card slot on the X Pro, although the inclusion of the free MateDock's Huawei 2 (which stacks on extra USB-A ports, USB-C, HDMI and VGA) may help smooth out any concerns about Connectivity.
This is a nice machine, although the similarities between Pro X and MBP are questionable.
After you finish ogling the design of the X Pro, the next thing that attracts your eyes is its glossy screen. Not only is it super glossy, coating out at 485 nits, it also has the slimmest bezels all Laptop out now. And I'm not only talking about the thin margins on the side and sides, the chin of the Pro X is too thin too much, resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent. It's better than the new XPS 13 (80.7%) and the Galaxy S9 (83.6%) by fair margin. And after more than three weeks of using it every day, I just do not want to go back to standard laptop screens with proportions awkwardly embarrassed.
The display of X Pro is really very nice.
But that's not all, because by cutting on panels, Huawei had room for a larger screen so that you get a high resolution 13.9-inch 3000 x 2000 touchscreen while most competing systems cover at 13.3 inches. At the same resolution, and with the screen seriously color good, reproduction, photos, movies and anything else you really see pop.
Huawei even equipped X Pro with a neat trick on how it hides its webcam. Without a large frame above or below the screen, Huawei stashed the webcam inside one of its keys, hitting the mid-line dab function. When the backlight of the keyboard is on, it is quite noticeable, because that is the only key that does not turn on. But apart from that, you're usually kind of just forgetting that it's there, and that's exactly what a web camera should do when you're not using it. Another bonus effect of Webcam location is that when it is depressed and points to the system, there is no chance that it can be hacked and used to spy on you without knowing.
The perspective of the webcam is not ideal, but if you do not video chat with people very often, this is the perfect place to make a webcam disappear.
Now for all you Mac-hards, the fact that X Pro is not running MacOS can be a deal breaker. But it's really Apple's fault not to let other companies license its operating system, as I suspect Huawei may have wanted a monkey that too. But I'm not really bothered that Huawei did something as good as when it's a partnership with Microsoft to install the Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition on the Matebook X Pro. There is no swelling or adding any nonsense.
There are two USB-C ports on the right side with a convenient headphone jack, with an additional USB-A port on the other side.
As for the specification, the X Pro has too much oomph thanks to the Intel 8 Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, and even the NVIDIA MX 150 GPU if you want it. When compared to competing systems like the recently refurbished XPS 13 and LG Gram 15, our full X Pro complete unit is finished with top scores across each of our standard metrics, which includes the browser performance in 2015 WebXPRT, Image Size Test in Photoshop, and Geekbench 4. You can not say the same thing for the graphics performance of the X Pro, as its MX 150 is more a step across standard integrated graphics, as opposed to something built to play on.
The built-in fingerprint reader on the Power button allows you to turn on the X Pro and sign in to Windows with a single touch.
Even the battery life of the Pro X are pretty stellar, with it lasts 11 hours and 7 minutes on our usual rundown test. This is better than the Dell XPS 13, and larger systems like the LG 15 inch, which lasts 9:28 and 10:39 respectively.
One small quirk that I did not actually get it by default – X Pro's SSD came formatted into two partitions: a smaller 80GB segment and a larger 380 GB division. It is strange that there is only one physical drive, so the system is simply cutting its storage in half for no real reason. However, this is a very minor issue.
Really, trying to choose the flaws of MateBook X Pro is not an easy task. No matter how shamelessly you think Huawei copy Apple's formula, it has completely improved on this pattern in a number of very important ways.
After using the system daily for almost a month, I'm really not sure there is another daily driver I prefer to use. It feels a little weird to say this: But how do you read a laptop that looks like a MacBook Pro, but is actually much better? I expect the answer will be from Tabuk.
Editor's note: To date we have finally released an Australian pricing release date for Matebook X Pro, which is November 22, 2018.
They start at $ 1,899 for the i5 / 8GB / 256GB model and at $ 2,599 for the i7 / 16GB / 512GB model. However, Microsoft's store was very nice PR-selling prices on both models at the time of writing.
Matebook X Pro's 3000 x 2000 screen is awesome and has the smallest of any laptop on the market.
While the hidden webcam is not ideal, it's best to get the XPS13. Unnamed: It's also as cool as hell.
The optional Nvidia GeForce MX150 is not a full-grade GPU game, but it's a great blessing for people who need some extra graphics power.
Two USB-C ports and one USB-A port is only enough connectivity, but the SD card reader was nice.
In the United States, the Matebook X Pro will come with a clean installation of Windows 10 Pro Edition Signature, and a free dock.
Battery life is surprisingly good, despite its thinness and strong specs.
Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition • 13-9 inch 3000 x 2000 touch resolution • Intel Core 07-8550U processor • 16GB of RAM • 512GB SSD • Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2GB of vRAM • Power button with built-in fingerprint reader • 2x USB -C (supports Thunderbolt 3) • 1x USB 3 Type-A • 3.5mm audio jack • 802.11 ac wifi • Bluetooth 4.1 • 1 MP webcam • 57.4 WH battery • Available in silver or gray