The new 13.9-inch laptop, an update of last year’s Matebook X Pro also launched in Barcelona, is 14.6mm at its thickest when the laptop is closed, and 4.9mm at its thinnest. This is compared to the 13-inch MacBook Pro which is 14.9mm at its thickest when shut and 7.9mm at its thinnest.
Huawei loves to compare its flagship products to its Californian-based rival, but when it comes to which has the thinnest in their Pro range, Huawei seems to be taking the lead in this regard.
This slim design is made possible thanks to a metal unibody design with diamond cut edges. There’s almost no frame around the screen, which means the device has a screen-to-body ratio of 91 per cent.
With a 3:2 aspect ratio, that means there is more screen space to read, write and watch films.
Inside, the laptop is powered by Intel’s 8th generation i7 core processor which promises better performance compared to last year’s Matebook.
A new OneHop feature allows you to transfer files between the Matebook and a Huawei phone by simply tapping the device on the right corner of the device, next to the trackpad. It’s extremely fast and a game-changer for getting people to buy into the Huawei ecosystem.
And you can protect all the files with a fingerprint button above the keyboard, made secure with an independent security chip so only you can unlock the device.
Huawei also unveiled the Matebook 14, which is one down from the X Pro range. It has a tiny pop up camera at the top of the keyboard that you can turn on for video calls and hide when you don’t need to use it for extra security.
Huawei’s focus on laptops is all part of its plans to not just be about smartphones. The company’s CEO of consumer, Richard Yu, told the crowd at MWC that Huawei shipped over 100 million smart devices last year, not including smartphones.
When it comes to smartphones, Huawei shipped over 206 million smartphones in 2018, up from 153 million the year before.
This is impressive, particularly given the security concerns around Huawei at the moment. It seems that consumers aren’t put off by what Beijing is getting up to.