Med MWC 2019, Huawei did not announce one, but two fresh laptops for 2019: refreshment Huawei MateBook X Pro and completely new Huawei MateBook 14. However, if we look at the specifications of two laptops, they are almost identical – with the exception of some key differences.
Of course, these differences lead to even more important differences: prices. Depending on what you are looking for from a luxury laptop, it may happen that you replace it with missing features or use too much.
Although all prices available at the time of writing are in euros, we expect these general price differences between models to be translated in several regions. So, here's an example for the brand new Huawei MateBook 14 and the updated MateBook X Pro for 2019.
Luckily, this is probably the easiest part of this decision, since both notebooks are almost identical in shape, size, look and feel. Both laptops are available in your choice of colors "Mystic Silver" or "Space Gray", both of which are equipped with aluminum shells.
Despite the fact that the MateBook X Pro is built from one piece of aluminum for each half of the case, the MateBook 14 baseplate is divided between the aluminum panel on the keyboard and less the premium material for the baseplate. Similarly, the touchpad on the MateBook X Pro is made up of glass, while the touchpad MateBook 14 is smooth plastic.
Fortunately, both versions of the notebook are equipped with a Huawei fingerprint button.
This should make it obvious that MateBook 14 is thicker and heavier than two laptops sitting at 1.53 kg (1.53 kg) and 0.63 inches (15.9 mm). The MateBook X Pro, which is Huawei's premier notebook, has only 1.33 kg and 14.7 mm (0.53 inches).
However, as you will soon find out, these differences will definitely be negligible when you see what's on these two laptops.
Looking at them in parallel, you may have trouble showing the difference between the impressions of these two laptops. After all, both are 3: 2, have super-thin frames and offer touch control (at the top, in the case of MateBook 14). However, there are unique pay options that will influence your purchase decision.
The Huawei MateBook 14 uses a sturdy, 14-inch, 2K (2.160 x 1.440) display that measures 185 dots per inch. The screen outputs up to 300 degrees of light, has a contrast ratio of 1000: 1 and produces 100% of the sRGB color range.
In the meantime, the MateBook X Pro screen is still largely unchanged, as it is a 13.9 "3K" screen (3000 x 2000), which is 260 ppi. In any case, this is a better screen than the MateBook 14 display, with a deeper contrast ratio of 1500: 1 and a higher brightness of 450 nits while matching the color scale.
It's clear which display is the best here, but do not forget exactly what you get from these improved visual effects – and whether you even need them.
Operation and battery life
That is, if things become interesting, as among all the available configurations for both models, these laptops will ultimately offer approximately the same level of performance. This is because you can configure your laptop with the same parts inside.
Both notebooks start with the Intel Core i5-8265U 8th generation processor, 8GB of memory and the Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics processor, while the MateBook 14 and MateBook X Pro start with 256GB and 512GB of SSD space.
From there, you can upgrade your laptop to have a Core i7-8565U processor and up to 16GB of memory. In addition, only the MateBook X Pro can be upgraded to 1TB of memory.
So it is safe to expect a similar level of performance for both laptops. The fact is that if Huawei does not use the MX250 power version on the MateBook X Pro, additional screens on the screen will almost certainly introduce additional overhead costs and reduce the efficiency of the GPU.
It is important to note that MateBook X Pro will be able to use these components in several important ways: connectivity. The MateBook 14 has one USB-C 3.1 interface, one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and an HDMI connector.
All this helps make the MateBook 14 finally compatible and versatile, but do not touch the power of the notebook as much as the MateBook X Pro port. This is due to Thunderbolt 3, which is currently the fastest type of USB-C port with data transfer rates up to 40 Gb / s. Depending on the type of user you have, this speed can get into terrible convenience.
Otherwise, your experience with the similarly configured MateBook 14 and MateBook X Pro will probably be the same, except for the fineness, such as the sharpness of the screen, and how quickly you can throw large files on the flash drive.
However, you know that MateBook 14 is rated for 14 hours of battery life in general use, while the MateBook X Pro can only reach 12 in comparison. Considering that both gears have the same battery capacity, this is easily attributed to the larger densities of the MateBook X Pro display.
Although we only have prices for the European Union, these prices vary greatly in terms of how they will be set up around the world. (Unless the configurations change drastically, which is very unlikely.) Here's how all the configurations are broken down at the basic level:
- Huawei MateBook 14 ((i5 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD / MX250): € 1,199
- Huawei MateBook 14 (i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / MX250 / Touch): € 1,499
- Huawei MateBook X Pro (i5 / 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD / MX250 / Touch): 1.599 €
- Huawei MateBook X Pro (i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / MX250 / Touch): 1,999 €
If you look closely, you will notice that in MateBook 14 you can get a functional same laptop as the MateBook X Pro for an incredible € 400 less. You can also get most of the MateBook X Pro improvements in the MateBook 14 – touchscreen.
Of course, there is a lack of connectivity Thunderbolt 3 and an extremely sharp screen in both cases. But, even you get up to two hours of battery life if you go with MateBook 14.
Initially, it's possible to see exceptional similarities in Huawei's two new laptops, in order to be unusual and cynical. After all, some companies, known for their products from all aluminum, are also known for their deliberately confusing their customers by purchasing things they do not need.
But here Huawei allows customers to save money on features or beauties they do not need or even want on their computer to get the same power as its top notebook.
So, if you do not decide to use the Thunderbolt 3 ports or SSDs, or you do not need such a sharp screen, you can save some money with the MateBook 14 and you're mostly the same experience. If any of these functions are so bad, you will be costly.
Credit Images: TechRadar