Huawei is kicking off its 2020 Developer Conference (HDC) with a deluge of new hardware. The headliner is a MateBook X laptop that promises solid performance while remaining extra-quiet.
Huawei also unveiled a new version of its MateBook 14 laptop, the Watch GT 2 Pro smartwatch, and FreeBuds Pro wireless earbuds. That’s in addition to the Watch Fit and Huawei FreeLace Pro that were also recently revealed and showcased at HDC 2020.
Huawei MateBook X and MateBook 14 (2020)
The redesigned laptop’s centerpiece isn’t its thin-bezel 3K by 2K touchscreen. Rather, it’s a “world’s first” thermal hinge that dissipates heat — it’s a fanless system despite the presence of a quad-core U-series Core i7. The magnesium aluminum alloy unibody also weighs a light 2.2lbs. There are also glittery new Forest Green and Silver Frost colors to catch your attention.
You can also expect a 26% larger trackpad on the 2020 MateBook X, with a wide NFC detection area to link your Huawei phone to your laptop. You’ll find a fingerprint reader, four speakers, and Wi-Fi 6 support, too. If there’s a soft spot, it’s the 42Wh-rated battery that provides an estimated nine hours of video playback or office work, and 7.5 hours of web browsing.
The MateBook X (2020) starts at €1,599 for the Core i5 variant and goes on sale from October.
The new MateBook 14 is a 14-inch system revolves around an eight-core Ryzen 7 4800H chip cooled by a new “shark fin” fan that provides 39% more airflow, but is still 40% thinner. It shares a similarly enlarged trackpad with the MateBook X and boasts a 56Wh battery good for a claimed 10 hours of video or productivity, or 8.5 hours of browsing.