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Huawei updates MateBook X and MateBook 14 laptops

Huawei today announced its new 13-inch MateBook X and 14-inch MateBook 14 at the Huawei Developer Conference 2020.  

The MateBook X has a new infinite FullView display, with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display uses an LTPS panel of 3,000 x 2,000 resolution that supports 100 percent sRGB colorspace, making it a good choice for media editing. 

Crafted from a magnesium-aluminum alloy metal unibody, the Matebook X weighs just 1kg or 2.2lbs. 

The laptop is just 13.6 mm at its thickest point and the thinnest 4 mm. On the platform, Huawei also stated that the laptop is smaller than the A4's paper and can only be held with two fingers. 

The MateBook X may have an Intel 10th Gen Core i7-10510U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. 

The unit is passively cooled, an ambitious design goal given the thermal design power (TDP) of the processor. Huawei stated that heat can be distributed over a large part of the chassis. 

The company says that the MateBook X can tolerate 9 hours of media playback. The touchpad has been increased by 20 percent and it supports the NFC pairing technology Huawei Share, which projects the phone's display on a laptop. 

Unfortunately, the webcam is embedded in the keyboard, so expect some weird shots from below. The MateBook X will start at € 1599 for the baseline i5 model in October. Huawei has also updated MateBook 14. 

The MateBook 14 has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, but is slightly over 1.49 kg. Despite having a large 14-inch screen, the MateBook 14 has a low resolution of 2160 x 1440p. 

While the MateBook X uses an Intel processor, the MateBook 14 uses AMD's Ryzen processor. 

The top-end option is the Ryzen 7 4800H, an 8 core / 16 thread chip that demands 40W TDP. 

Although it requires beef cooling, the MateBook 14 is only 2.3 mm thicker than the passive cooled MateBook X. 

Huawei said it has been obtained using two new shark fin fans that push 39 percent more air and reduce the size of the mainboard to allow higher air flow. . 

Other features include up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of SSD and a longer travel of 1.3mm across the keyboard. Powering the laptop is a 56Wh battery, similar to the previous generation. 

But with the more powerful chip, Huawei now quotes 10 hours of 1080p video playback instead of the previous generation's 14.5. And as the MateBook X, the MateBook 14 also sports a popup webcam embedded in the keyboard. The MateBook will start at € 849 in October 14. 

It is not currently clear whether the global launch will include Canada's current political climate.

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