We have to recognize it: Huawei has managed to surprise us. Rumors have been for several weeks that the Chinese brand would not present in this edition of the Mobile World Congress its next high-end smartphones. But we knew he would be at the Barcelona event, so it was clear that something was going to announce. What we did not suspect was that he had an ace in his sleeve so striking.
And is that, as we have told you since this noon, one of the new products that has made known in this MWC is a laptop that, by design and features, aims to compete with the ultracompact that “cut the cod” now, as they are the MacBook of Apple, the ThinkPad of Lenovo, the XPS of Dell or the Specter of HP, among other options.
MateBook X Pro and competition, face to face
There is no better way to shed some light on what this new and very ambitious Huawei laptop offers us than to compare it directly with some of the equipment with which it will compete when it arrives in stores. So we have gotten to work and we have prepared a table that summarizes how this contest is.
The table below is not intended to be exhaustive, but is limited to the key sections that, in principle and from the information that Huawei has offered us, will be defining to assess to what extent the new MateBook X Pro can face from you to you with your competitors.
|HUAWEI MATEBOOK X PRO||APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13″||LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON||DELL XPS 13||HP SPECTER 13||LENOVO YOGA 920|
|SCREEN||13.2-inch IPS 3: 2 (3000 x 2000 dots) 260 dpi, 450 nits, multi-touch and Gorilla Glass protection||IPS 13.3-inch IPS (Retina) LCD panel (2560 x 1600 points) 227 dpi, 500 nits and extended color gamut P3||14-inch IPS LCD (2560 x 1440 dots) and 300 nits||IGZO 13.3-inch IPS LCD (3200 x 1800 dots), 400 nits and 1,000: 1 contrast ratio||WLED FHD IPS 13.3-inch micro-edge IPS (1920 x 1080 dots) with Gorilla Glass NBT coating||13.9-inch IPS UHD LCD (3840 x 2160 dots)|
|RATE SCREEN / SURFACE OF THE LAPTOP||91%||nd||80.7%||80.7%||78.9%||81.5%|
|MICROPROCESSOR||8th generation Intel Core||Intel Core i5 dual-core (expandable to Intel Core i7)||Up to Intel Core vPro i7-7600U||8th generation Intel Core||Intel Core i7 eighth generation||8th generation Intel Core|
|GRAPHICAL LOGIC||NVIDIA GeForce MX150 / Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620/650||Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|SOUND||Four speakers with Dolby Atmos support||Stereo speakers with high dynamic range||Two Dolby Audio Premium speakers||Two speakers with MaxxAudio Pro technology||Two Bang & Olufsen speakers||Two JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos support|
|THICKNESS IN MM||14.6||14.9||15.95||15||10.4||13.95|
|OS||Windows 10||macOS||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
And the first conclusions arrive
We have already compared the new ultracompact Huawei with some of the competitors that will have to be measured when it reaches the market, so we can start to draw some conclusions. Regarding the use of the surface of the laptop, which is one of the parameters that Huawei has boasted most during its presentation at the MWC, the new MateBook X Pro comes out well.
And is that its panel occupies nothing less than 91% of the surface of the team, while other options, such as the Yoga 920 of Lenovo or the XPS 13 of Dell, are satisfied with a more moderate 81.5% and 80.7 %. On the other hand, if we stick to the resolution of the panel, the Huawei proposal is rubbed off face to face with the Dell team, but both are overtaken by the Lenovo convertible, which has a 4K UHD screen.
Let’s move forward. As far as the microprocessors are concerned, we can declare a technical draw because all the equipment incorporates an Intel chip of the latest generation, so here there are hardly any differences beyond the specific models that they make up. The only interesting note that we can highlight in this area is that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon can equip up to an Intel Core vPro i7-7600U.
As far as graphic logic is concerned, the “singing voice” is again brought to you by Huawei’s MateBook X Pro because, in addition to the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics, it incorporates an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU, which It gives you an advantage when running demanding applications with the graphics processor, such as image processing software and games, for example.
If we go into the section of sound the differences between these teams are less pronounced. In fact, both the Huawei laptop and the Lenovo Yoga 920 support Dolby Atmos audio coding technology. But the truth is that they all have a sound care, so this section does not throw big differences.
The area in which, again, we find marked differences between these teams is the thickness in the thinnest part of the chassis. Here are the MateBook X Pro and the MacBook Pro that outperform their contenders. And is that its thickness is only 4.9 mm, while the Apple team is going to some also very measured 7.9 mm.
A newcomer with a lot to say
The weapons of Huawei’s new ultracompact notebook are powerful. As we have just seen, its reduced thickness and the rate of use of the surface of the laptop on the screen allow it to be clearly distinguished from most of its rivals, which can undoubtedly draw the attention of users who, Above all, they give importance to portability and design.
But, of course, we can not give the battle won by Huawei in this segment until we have the opportunity to test your proposal in our own facilities, and see if it really meets the expectations that the Chinese brand has generated during its presentation in this edition of the MWC. How not, we will keep you updated on everything.Tags: Huawei MateBook X Pro