Huawei is perhaps best known for its smartphones and networking hardware, but it also has other consumer products, including laptops. On its own, Huawei’s MateBook X seemed ready to take on bigger players, particularly Apple’s MacBook line, with its mix of design, performance and features that go hand in hand with Huawei and Honor smartphones. Your 2020 MateBook X iteration may prove to be one of the best, but it may, unfortunately, be dead on arrival in markets where it will still be available.
The defining feature of the Huawei MateBook X 2020 will probably be its 13.8-inch screen, which features a 90% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to the removal of metal frames and some bezels. It is also no bigger than a piece of A4 paper and its weight of 1 kg and thickness of 13.6 mm makes it one of the thinnest notebooks on the market.
It is also not negligent in the performance department, powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU with up to 16 GB of RAM. The highlight in the spec department, however, is Wi-Fi 6, an innovation in Huawei laptops. There is a 42Wh battery that Huawei announces is expected to last 9 hours of video playback, but that seems like a very generous estimate.
This combination of power and beauty does not come without its price. On the one hand, there is no room for anything else on the 3K screen, which means that the webcam has been relocated to one of those popup keys hidden on the keyboard. There are no ports other than two USB-C ports and a headphone jack, and there are no fans to ensure that the CPU does not accelerate with heat.
Of course, these commitments can be debatable in markets like the U.S., where Huawei’s products can no longer officially step on. Given the company’s current plight, it may just be a matter of time before the same uncertainty plaguing its mobile businesses affects its computers, leaving MateBook X 2020 and its descendants nothing more than beautiful notebooks exclusive to China.