Huawei Matebook X Pro officially launched with FullView screen at MWC 2018

The new notebook, announced today at Mobile World Congress 2018, is the latest in the Chinese company's MateBook range of svelte ultraportables.

Lei said the company's research said the laptop camera is one of its least-used features, saying consumers and business customers alike prefer the cameras on the smartphones.

Huawei says that it takes 3hrs to obtain a full charge, but we would be more interested in how long it takes to get from 0-80%, which is typically where the fast-charge happens.

Hopefully this time around Huawei will try to be more competitive, giving buyers more of an incentive to try out the Matebook Pro X. The laptop comes with a metal unibody design with a sandblast finish. The touchpad is big and easily dealt with all the multi-touch commands I threw at it, and the keyboard, while a little squished together, was suitably reactive, with the keys having decent travel and a pleasing click action. The devices also sport sets of two or four stereo speakers with Hi-Res audio for a better audio experience. The X Pro's battery will last through 12 hours of video playback and 14 hours of "regular work", Huawei says. It's one decided downside of this bezel-free future we're all hurdling toward: the camera is an afterthought. Whatever you thought about Huawei's last attempt, this 2018 re-do is better in nearly every respect: it's faster, has a great, bezel-free display and, well, it looks seriously good, too. The keyboard is backlit, the clickpad is huge and covered with glass, and its charger is tiny - roughly the size of two smartphone chargers. It weighs 1.33kg - again, less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which weighs 1.37kg.

Elsewhere, the tablet's display has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, especially good for tilting and shading, but it doesn't come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, sadly.

Existing owners will probably notice the extra USB-C port on the left-hand side.

Overall, the MateBook X Pro is an impressive laptop.

Huawei Matebook X Pro officially launched with FullView screen at MWC 2018

To accommodate the bigger display, Huawei made a decision to remove the webcam from the top of the screen.

I suppose there's one other advantage here, as well.

While you might not notice the camera the very first time you look at the MateBook X Pro, you'll definitely notice the screen.

To start with, the Huawei M5 tablets comes with 8.4 inches and 10.8 inches display, while the Pro model comes with a 10 inches screen with each of one it sporting a WQXGA IPS display with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. First of all, we have 8.4in and 10.8in MediaPad M5 SKUs, but there was also a MediaPad M5 Pro designed for productivity - only in the 10.8in form-factor, however.

The company also showed its new MediaPad M5 Series. All have a 13-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie cam on the font. Just 64 or 128GB storage space, while the non-Pro 8.4 and 10.8-inchers can both be configured with 32, 64 or 128 gigs of internal hoarding room.

Talking about the battery, Huawei announced that the notebook is equipped with a larger and efficient battery which will deliver a better battery performance.

  • Carolyn Briggs