Huawei MateBook 13 will blow you away from $999

Overview
Processor

Intel Core i5-8265U
Quad-core (1.6-3.9GHz Whiskey Lake 15W)
Intel UHD Graphics 620

Intel Core i7-8565U
Quad-core (1.8-4.6GHz Whiskey Lake 25W)
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU

Screen Size

13 inches touch LCD
2160 x 1440 (~200 ppi)
1,000:1 contrast ratio
300 nits brightness

Memory

8GB LPDDR3 RAM

Storage

i5: 256GB SSD
i7: 512GB SSD

Camera/s

Front: 1MP

Battery

41.7Wh battery (rated for ≤9.6 hours)
65W charging

Release Date

January 29th, 2019

Weight

~1,300 grams

Materials

CNC and sandblasted aluminum

Operating System

Windows 10

It’s off-season for Huawei phones at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that the CES booth will be empty. For one, the company’s returning with another laptop series that will slide between the MateBook X and MateBook X Pro.

The MateBook 13 starts off with a LCD touch panel in a 3:2 aspect ratio that’s new to the lineage. The widest bezels measure 4.4mm, allowing for an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. Software is used to tune out blue light for easier nighttime viewing. The body is 6 percent smaller than the new MacBook Air.

But it’s what on the inside that will count the most: the MateBook 13 utilizes 8th-generation Intel Core processors on the latest Whiskey Lake architecture. Users will see faster turbo boosts compared to even the previous refreshed Kaby Lake process. For those buying the i7 version over the i5, they also get discrete NVIDIA graphics. Both versions are cooled by the Shark Fin 2.0 cooling system — dual turbines running up to 8,000RPM that can provided up to 25 percent more airflow into the enclosure and are trained to ramp up and down for different tasks.

On the bottom half, there’s a backlit, spill-resistant keyboard with 1.2mm travel and a larger, more accurate trackpad. On the flanks are Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor — Huawei says it has worked the BIOS to allow for a faster boot with biometric authentication. The device also features a USB-C port for charging and another for DisplayPort, though both can be used for data transfers. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5 connectivity and dual-band Wi-Fi.

In terms of raw horsepower, this lineup has the MacBook Air in it sights. And it has the pricing to prove it: the Mystic Silver i5 version of the MateBook 13 will go for $999 while the i7 model in Space Gray is to come up for $1,299. Both will be available from Amazon and Newegg among other retailers from January 29.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.