As part of its developer conference today, Huawei announced that updated versions of two of its laptops, the MateBook X and MateBook 14, will be released worldwide after their launch in China. The MateBook X has a 13-inch display with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, supports Wi-Fi 6 and is equipped with a 10th generation Intel i7-10510U CPU fitted. The MateBook 14 has a 14-inch 1440p display and maximum performance with a Ryzen 4800H.
The MateBook X sits right below the flagship MateBook X Pro in Huawei’s laptop range. There is no discrete graphics option like the X Pro, but what you get is a thin and light fanless design with a maximum thickness of 1
Huawei introduces a new touchpad with the MateBook X. According to Huawei, the “Free Touch” trackpad not only has a larger surface area than its predecessor, but also “full haptic feedback”, making it similar to the Force Touch trackpad introduced by Apple. The NFC tag for activating Huawei Share is also located under this trackpad. If you want to control the laptop in a different way, the 3: 2 aspect ratio is multi-touch capable.
The equipment is rounded off by the MateBook X with up to 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. There will also be a version powered by an Intel i5 CPU. There’s an on / off switch with a built-in fingerprint reader, and the laptop has the same recessed webcam that’s hidden under one of the keys on the keyboard that we’ve seen on Huawei’s other laptops. This means that it is physically turned off when the camera is turned off. The MateBook X will be available in silver, green, blue and pink. According to Huawei, the i7 model of the MateBook X costs 1799 euros, while the i5 model costs 1599 euros. Both will go on sale in October.
A new version of the MateBook 14 will also be launched worldwide. The big update this year is that the laptop with an AMD Ryzen 4800H CPU with integrated graphics, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD can be used to the maximum. According to Huawei, the 56 Wh battery should be able to play 1080p videos continuously for 10 hours.
The MateBook 14 is slightly thicker than the MateBook X at 15.9 mm, heavier at 1.49 kg, and although its 3: 2 screen is larger at 14 inches and still supports multi-touch, its resolution is only 1440p. It’s also only available in gray, says Huawei. The MateBook 14 offers a wider range of ports, including two USB-A ports, HDMI, USB-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The laptop will be available from October for a model with Ryzen 5 4600H, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage from 849 euros. Upgrading to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage costs € 949. Finally, the model will be equipped with a Ryzen 7 4800H with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage and cost 1049 euros.
Update September 10, 8:42 a.m. ET: Updated with price and availability information.