At a recent event in China, Huawei unveiled the MateBook 13 – a new lightweight laptop weighing 2.8lbs and offering support for Near Field Communication (NFC). Driven by an Intel Whiskey Lake-U processor and equipped with 8GB RAM, the MateBook 13 aims to offer competent processing combined with contemporary style. The new launch is expected to be available in three color options – grey, silver, and rose gold. It is scheduled to begin shipping by December 2018.
On the processing front, the MateBook 13 is slated to offer two options depending on your needs: an Intel Core i5-8265U or an Intel Core i7-8565U processor. While the former will have integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics, the latter brings to the table the razzmatazz of a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. This promises to lend it the competence to handle high-res, demanding computing tasks such as image resolution and video encoding. The processing prowess is amply supported by the 10-hour battery life offered by the 42Wh battery and 256GB of SSD storage space. The speedy SSD storage makes it a breeze to read/write your data.
The MateBook 13 scores a significant victory in the realm of display with its bright and vivid screen, 3:2 aspect ratio, and thin bezel design. The bezel is so thin (4.4mm) that you get a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent. The screen supports In-Plane Switching to give you smooth viewing experiences from multiple vantage points. Plus, the color gamut supported is 100% sRGB which guarantees accuracy and detailing for all your multimedia content. Note that the screen resolution is 2160 x 1440 pixels.
Another major triumph for this MateBook is its NFC support. Together with Huawei Share 3.0 software, you can quickly share your content between your laptop and smartphone. The data speeds offered are impressive – up to 30MB/s. Sample this: You can transfer as many as 1,000 photographs in only two minutes. A video of 1GB can be transferred in 35 seconds. Talk about lightning-fast transfer!
In addition to the NFC module, this laptop also offers two USB Type-C ports for collaboration. These ports enable you to connect to any devices or peripherals you may need. There’s also support for Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, and an inbuilt fingerprint sensor for enhanced security. You can use the 1MP webcam (located in the front) for video calls.
With its lightweight body and sleek profile (thickness of only 0.6”), the MateBook 13 matches the Apple MacBook Air in physical appearance. Huawei, evidently, has infused its new launch with the style of the modern world as well as processing strength to boot. It is also well-suited for audio/video playback with its two speakers, Dolby Atmos integration, 178-degree viewing angle, and 300nits brightness. While the cost-effectiveness of the laptop will become clear when Huawei sheds light on its price tag, the Huawei MateBook 13 seems to be a promising launch from where we behold it now.