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Huawei finally updates the MateBook X, also unveils new AMD-powered MateBook 14

By Kenny Yeo - on 10 Sep 2020, 9:20pm

Huawei finally updates the MateBook X, also unveils new AMD-powered MateBook 14

The Huawei MateBook X 2020 (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei has just announced the new MateBook X 2020 as well as the MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition.

Keen followers of our site will know that these announcements aren't exactly brand new because they were announced in China a few weeks ago. Still, it's worth covering them in greater detail.

The MateBook X is Huawei's most portable notebook and it was first announced in 2017. Now, it's finally being updated.

Of course, it's remarkably portable – it's just 13.6mm thick and weighing just 1kg. It now comes in four colours: Forest Green, Interstellar Blue, Silver Frost, and Sakura Pink.

The 13-inch touchscreen LTPS LCD display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels. The bezels are also super thin and Huawei claims a screen-to-body ratio of 90%.

The keyboard features full-sized keycaps and, despite the notebook's thin dimensions, have a key travel distance of 1.3mm. Additionally, the trackpad has been enlarged by up to 26% compared to its predecessor.

On the connectivity front, the MateBook X 2020 finally supports Wi-Fi 6. Physical ports include two USB-C ports and 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack.

Inside, the MateBook X 2020 is powered by Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake processors, which is paired 16GB of memory. Storage comes in the form of a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.

Two configurations will be offered and Huawei says they'll be available in October. No word yet on local availability and pricing but here's what they'll cost in Europe.

Huawei MateBook X 2020 configurations
Processor Intel Core i5-10210U Intel Core i7-10510U
Memory 16GB 16GB
Storage 512GB 512GB
Price €1,599 (~S$2,594) €1,799 (~S$2,918)

 

Huawei MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei also announced a new notebook called the MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition.

This features a 14-inch display that also has a 3:2 aspect ratio. Touch capability is optional while display resolution is 2,160 x 1,400 pixels. And thanks to thin bezels, Huawei says the screen-to-body ratio is 90%.

The highlight, of course, has to be the fact that it's powered by AMD's new Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors with integrated Radeon graphics.

Announced at CES 2020 earlier this year, these are 7nm processors that promise improved performance and efficiency over rival Intel solutions. This will be paired with up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSDs.

To maximise performance, the MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition has an upgraded cooling system with fans that feature Huawei's special Shark Fin fans. Huawei claims these fans improve air flow by up to 39%.

Despite all this, the MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition remains thin and light. Thickness is just 15.9mm and weight is 1.49kg.

Unfortunately, unlike the MateBook X 2020, the MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition will only support Wi-Fi 5. Physical ports include a single USB-C port and two USB-A ports. It also has a 3.5mm audio combo jack and a full-size HDMI port.

Interestingly, like the recently reviewed MateBook X Pro, the 720p webcam is hidden under the keyboard.

The MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition will come in three configurations and will available in October. No word yet on local availability and pricing but here's what they'll cost in Europe.

Huawei MateBook 14 Ryzen Edition configurations
Processor AMD Ryzen R5 4600H AMD Ryzen R 4600H AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
Memory 8GB 16GB 16GB
Storage 256GB 512GB 512GB
Touchscreen No No Yes
Price €849 (~S$1,377) €949 (~S$1,539) €1,049 (~S$1,701)