If Huawei’s Matebook X Professional was its reply to Apple’s MacBook Professional, the brand new Matebook 13 is the corporate’s reply to the MacBook Air. At CES, Huawei launched a brand new sequence into its laptop computer line, and its flagship is a 13-inch Ultrabook that borrows simply as a lot from its premium Matebook X Professional because it does from Apple’s revamped thin-and-light pocket book.

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The Matebook 13 resembles a barely shrunken model of the Matebook X Professional, with a satin end on its aluminum alloy physique and diamond-cut edges. Since it is a 13-inch gadget, there’s much less area across the keyboard than there may be on the Matebook X Professional, giving the keyboard and trackpad space an analogous look to Apple’s MacBook. There’s not quite a lot of area on the perimeters of the keys, and the trackpad is a bit slim, however Huawei did embrace its mixed fingerprint reader and energy button on the top-right nook of the keyboard.

The 13-inch, 2160×1440 touchscreen reaches as much as 300 nits in brightness, and it has a three:2 side ratio, decreasing the quantity of scrolling you may should do. Huawei referred to as out the pocket book’s 14.9mm thickness, its 88-percent screen-to-body ratio, and the way it’s about 6 p.c smaller than the brand new MacBook Air. That distinction is negligible to me and can probably be to many others as properly. Within the quick time I had with the Matebook 13, it gave the impression to be a well-made, skinny, and comparatively gentle gadget, weighing 2.eight kilos.

Not like the Matebook X Professional, this new pocket book would not experiment with the webcam. As an alternative of the peculiar recessed digicam Huawei put within the Matebook X Professional, the producer caught a typical webcam above the show on the gadget’s tiny high bezel. There is no IR digicam, so the fingerprint sensor can be your solely type of Home windows Whats up biometric safety.

Two fashions

Huawei will promote two fashions of the Matebook 13: one with a Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage; and one with a Core i7 processor, Nvidia MX150 discrete graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. Huawei’s “Shark Fin 2.zero” thermal resolution is designed to help the ability that comes with each of these configurations. Its fan sits between the CPU and GPU to separate the primary warmth sources, and it might help 25 p.c increased air quantity than conventional followers.

We’ll have to totally check the Matebook 13 to see how properly Huawei’s claims of energy, warmth administration, and noise discount maintain up. The Matebook X Professional’s greatest draw back was its loud followers, so we’re curious to see if Huawei remedied that on this gadget.

Huawei’s estimated battery life for the Matebook 13 is 10 hours, which is a good determine if it proves to be true. Just like the Matebook X Professional, the Matebook 13 comes with Huawei’s MateDock, which provides customers extra connectivity choices. The laptop computer has simply two USB-C ports, so together with the MateDock within the worth of the Matebook 13 is kind of useful.

Huawei barely tried to cover its Apple envy when naming the colours that the Matebook 13 is available in: the Core i5 mannequin can be out there in mystic silver and value $999, whereas the Core i7 mannequin will are available in slate grey and value $1,299. It is anticipated to be out there within the US in late January.

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