Huawei Unveils New MateBook X Pro with Nearly No Bezels

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Regardless of size, both have the same Huawei "ClariVu" IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560×1600. They're set to appear in a wave of new devices, including Dell's spiffy-looking XPS 15 2-in-1.

The MateBook X Pro and HUAWEI MediaPad M5 will be available in China, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, in the beginning in the spring of 2018.

Credit where credit's due - the MateBook X Pro is an attractive machine. The company today introduced the MateBook X Pro, a new addition to the company's MateBook X line with a significant power boost and improved design. The unibody metal has a wonderfully premium sandblasted finish and diamond-cut edges that make it look wonderfully high-end. It's nearly minimalist, and it looks every inch the business machine. It weighs 1.33kg - again, less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which weighs 1.37kg.

That's mostly where the similarities end. Because of the reduced bezel, Huawei's chose to embed the front camera in the laptop's keyboard.

The company has also announced M5 10 Pro variant as well.

Huawei also hasn't given the Matebook Pro X a solid release date. And despite the fact that this screen is technically an inch bigger than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, because the bezels are so tiny, the whole body carves a very similar footprint to Apple's workhorse. It has a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. One improvement that you'll find in the MateBook X Pro is that it supports touch, although there's no pen support. The display is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass. It's available in two configurations, both fitted with 8th-generation Intel chips. The model I saw under embargo last week boasted an i7 8550U part at 1.8Ghz. All three devices ship with a single camera on the back, and a front-facing fingerprint scanner.

The MateBook X Pro has two USB-C ports and a headphone socket in one side and a USB-A port on the other.

Lastly, other key features include a fingerprint-enabled power button which should be able to detect your fingerprint as you turn the device on, and thus remove the need for a Windows log-in page.

The Chinese telecom company unveiled the MateBook X Pro Feb. 25. Instead, it's located within the keyboard, recessed into a neat little housing that pops up when you press it. Of course, pen input isn't really natural when you can't use the device as a convertible, so we'll let that one slide.

With those specs, it's hard not to take the X Pro seriously. However, there's one giant problem - the price. The 8th-gen Intel i7 powered MateBook X Pro with 8GB RAM + 512GB storage and 16GB RAM + 512GB storage costs Euro 1699 and Euro 1899 respectively. Critics are likely to point to the aesthetic similarities to Apple's MacBook Pro, but at least Huawei has made sure elements like the diamond-cut edges on the aviation-spec aluminum are nicely finished.

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