Huawei announces updated MateBook X Pro (2020)

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, 2020, Huawei officialised an updated version of their successful MateBook X Pro line-up of laptops.

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As each year, Huawei unveiled an updated version of their MateBook X Pro line-up, with specifications for 2020. Last year’s variant, the MateBook X Pro (2019), featured a FullView display, with a 91% screen-to-body ratio, continuing the trend set by the manufacturer with their MateBook X all the way back in 2017, with thin bezels giving a compact size. In China, the company topped the NPS ranking [Net Promoter Score], a metric which looks at customer loyalty, in other words, whether a customer is satisfied with their purchase and will stick to this brand for their next purchase, with Huawei’s PC shipments having increased by over 200%, despite the effects of the US sanctions and the loss of Windows 10 at one point, forcing them to commercialize laptops running on one of the many versions of Linux.

Naming-wise, the 2020 version continues with the confusion started in 2019, which already had a “MateBook X Pro New”, or, according to us, “MateBook X Pro (2019)”. This year’s edition is thus, once again, named “MateBook X Pro New”, but we will stick with “MateBook X Pro (2020)”. Features-wise, we find, as previously mentioned, a nearly borderless display and the usual hidden camera in the keyboard. Screen-wise, we find the same specs as on the 2019 version, being 13.9” with a resolution of 3000×2000 pixels and a PPI of 260 and covering 100% of the sRGB colour gamut. Of course, the display is tactile.

For the CPU, we find various models of Intel’s latest generation, as per usual, up the 10th generation i7-10510U, a mobile processor with 4 cores and 8 threads, and a base frequency of 1.80 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 4.90 GHz. This CPU also uses Intel’s eternal 14nm process (it should be 14nm+ something, but we aren’t sure how many “+” have to be used at this point…).

Design-wise, there are no surprises here, having, again, the same design as usual, with a premium metal uni-body made of aluminium and fine edges.

Interestingly enough, this year, Huawei has added a third colour variant, being Emerald Green, instead of sticking to their usual Space Grey and Mystic Silver. This new colour variant looks quite nice and is discreet enough that the laptop wouldn’t look out of place in an office, contrary to some of the more brightly coloured laptops that Huawei’s subsidiary, Honor, has been releasing, such as in a bright blue.

Software-wise, there are, again, no surprises, with Huawei Share offering multi-screen collaboration, as introduced last year, with Huawei OneHop, allowing for screen sharing and various other features such as drag and drop files or sharing the clipboard. Here are the various gifs from last year, showcasing these various software features:

Pricing-wise, the MateBook X Pro (2020) is available in three different versions, all with 16GB of RAM, something we’ve been hoping to see for a long time, as 8GB of RAM are not enough anymore, especially on laptops priced this expensively. We also find a dedicated graphics card, a Nvidia MX250, for users requiring a dedicated GPU for specific tasks such as video rendering or design programs:

  • i5/16GB of RAM/512GB SSD for 1499€
  • i5/16GB of RAM/512GB SSD/MX250 for 1699€
  • i7/16GB of RAM/512GB SSD/MX250 for 1999€

Availability-wise, no information was provided during the launch presentation, forcing us to wait for future announcements.

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