Huawei isn’t bringing a new flagship phone to Mobile World Congress this year, but it does have a trio of larger-screened devices to show off. First up is Huawei’s new laptop, the MateBook X Pro. Like last year’s MateBook X, it has an attractive design with even thinner bezels around the display — Huawei claims a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The touchscreen is 13.9 inches diagonal and 3000 x 2000 resolution for a Surface-style 3:2 aspect ratio. As the bezels are incredibly small, Huawei has built the webcam into the keyboard of the MateBook X Pro, but this change doesn’t look like it will avoid the awkward camera position found on devices like Dell’s XPS 13.
Inside, the MateBook X Pro uses eighth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, and has a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. It has two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner, and comes in either space gray or “mystic silver,” which doesn't sound very mystic to me. It weighs a little under three pounds (1.33kg).
The MateBook X's biggest problem was its battery life, and Huawei is claiming that you can “work regularly” for 14 hours on the Pro. If the laptop actually reaches that figure it’ll be impressive, but we know how these things often go.
Alongside the new laptop, Huawei is also launching the latest entries in the company’s long-running MediaPad range of Android tablets, the 8-inch M5 and 10.8-inch M5 Pro. Both tablets come in “space gray” (yes) or champagne gold, have 2560 x 1600 displays, charge over USB-C, use variants of Huawei's own Kirin 960 processor, and run Android Oreo. They also don't have a headphone jack, which is a curious decision for tablets.
Beyond size, the difference between the M5 and M5 Pro is… pretty much the difference between the iPad and the iPad Pro, which is to say that the Pro model has a three-pin connector for a keyboard accessory, features a quad-speaker array, and works with an included stylus. The M Pen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and should get 50 days of battery life after a 100-minute charge.
Huawei’s MateBook X Pro will be available this spring priced from 1,499 euros ($1842), and the MediaPad M5 will be priced from 349 euros ($429) for the 8.4-inch version and from 399 euros ($490) for the 10-inch model.