Even though Huawei is a well-recognized player in the smartphone arena, it is relatively new in the notebook market. The company recently unveiled the new MateBook 13, which is an entry-level notebook that is distinct from the MateBook X, MateBook D, and MateBook E series, at its Wuhan Research Institute. During the press conference, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, Yu Chengdong, said that the company wants to offer a smart life experience and being great productivity tools, PCs are an integral part of the whole ecosystem.
Huawei Is Going After The MacBook Air
Huawei had teased the Matebook 13 during the launch of the Mate 20 series in London and now the notebook has finally been unveiled. It sports a 13-inch screen with a resolution of 2160×1440 and aspect ratio of 3:2. Thanks to extremely thin bezels, the screen-to-body ratio is nearly 88 percent. The display supports 100 percent sRGB wide color gamut and offers brightness of up to 300nits.
The body of the laptop is made from metal, while the outer shell features an aluminum and ceramic design with a sandblasting finishing. The notebook will be available in three color options: silver moon, cherry powder, and deep space gray. Weighing just 1.28kg and having a thickness of 14.9mm, the MateBook 13 can easily compete with other lightweight and portable notebooks in the market such as the recently released MacBook Air.
There is an 8th generation Intel Core i7 8565U Whiskey Lake processor under the hood, which is accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics card that supports Dolby panoramic sound and provides up to 10 hours of video playback. The laptop has an 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz memory and a 256GB hard disk. It packs in a 42W battery. For connectivity, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port on the right side, and a USB-C interface on the left side.
The Matebook 13 also supports the NFC module and Huawei’s Share 3.0, which the company introduced with the Mate 20 series. It is an NFC-based feature that enables device interconnectivity and facilitates faster file sharing between a smartphone and a PC. The transfer speed can be up to 30MB/S and it takes just one tap to initiate the sharing process. To bring things into perspective, you can transfer up to 1000 photos from a Mate 20 series flagship smartphone to the Matebook 13 in just 2 seconds. Currently, the feature doesn’t work outside of Huawei’s ecosystem.
The power button of the MateBook 13 also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. There is also a heat dissipation system in place, which means you do not have to worry about the device heating up during heavy usage.
Price And Availability
There is no word on the price and availability of the new notebook yet, but given that Huawei is trying to market it as a worthy MacBook Air competitor, which goes on sale tomorrow, the MateBook 13 should start retailing soon. The MacBook Air starts at INR 87,533, so we can expect the MateBook 13 to have a comparable, albeit lower price tag.
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