Huawei MateBook X Pro Review: AI-Powered Powerhouse

Huawei MateBook X Pro Review: The Suit-clad Powerhouse

When tasked with reviewing Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro, I found myself pondering over the right words to begin with. Upon reminiscing about past descriptions given to standout devices, the term “Suit-clad Thug” – originally used to describe the OnePlus phones by Liu Zuohu – came to mind. This term feels particularly apt for the latest MateBook X Pro, as it captures the essence of what this PC has to offer: elegance coupled with raw power.

The “suit” part of the description relates to the MateBook X Pro’s refined and sleek design, a familiar sight that has captivated many consumers with its thin, beautiful, and elegant profile. Until now, though, it hasn’t been associated with “thug-like” behavior. This iteration of the product manages to maintain its slender figure while getting a substantial boost in performance by fielding an Intel Ultra-series processor, capable of unleashing power up to 40W. Moreover, the addition of AI large models ushers this device into the realm of intelligent PCs, extending the experience of ultrabook users.

Now, let’s dive straight into the specifics of the product.

980g, Unbelievably Light

As a long-time Huawei laptop user currently working on the older MateBook 14 – a fine ultrabook choice for the working class – I reckon the X Pro is definitely the superior choice for those who demand the ultimate in sleekness and intelligence. With this generation, the X Pro series has undergone a substantial transformation that’s bound to turn heads.

Upon first handling this laptop, I was taken aback by its weight, or the lack thereof, to the extent that I began to have reservations about its other specs. The MateBook X Pro weights in at just 980g, with a thickness of 13.5mm, making it one of the very few 14-inch ultrabooks tipping the scale at under 1kg. For context, traditional ultrabooks generally weigh around 1.2kg, the 13-inch MacBook Air M3 stands at 1.26kg, and even the previous generation MateBook X Pro weighed 1.26kg. The original MateBook X, known for its lightness, was 1.05kg – placing this new model’s degree of slimness into perspective.

To achieve extreme lightness, Huawei went all-in on design innovation: using a flexible OLED screen that’s 51% lighter, diamond aluminum fans 36% lighter, and electromagnetic pressure touchpads 26% lighter. Moreover, components like the hinge, speakers, keyboard, PCB board, and battery were all redesigned with new materials for an all-around lighter build, putting the laptop’s weight at an impressive 980g. If you prioritize thinness and lightness in an ultrabook, the MateBook X Pro is bound to pique your interest.

Thin but Power-packed, 40W Performance Outstrips Traditional Ultrabooks

The major advantage of ultrabook products has always been their portability. However, they also have a clear downside: performance constraints. Traditional ultrabooks usually have a thermal design power (TDP) in the range of 15W-28W, which can make intensive tasks rather challenging. For reference, the previous generation MateBook X Pro could reach 30W under its performance mode.

The brand-new Huawei MateBook X Pro employs Huawei’s proprietary cloud-sparrow architecture, balancing the demands of notebook lightness with performance through multidimensional material and structural innovations. The MateBook X Pro comes equipped with Intel’s high-performance Core Ultra processors. Employing Intel 4 process technology, which offers double the transistor density compared to the past generation Intel 7, it features a 16-core, 22-thread architecture and sports an upgraded Arc graphics card, allowing this machine to achieve up to a 40W TDP. You might say that it’s one of the most potent ultrabooks available in terms of performance.

Housing a 40W performance ultrabook requires robust cooling support. This challenges both the materials science and design of the machine. Benefitting from its innovative architecture, the MateBook X Pro’s fan has a larger surface area – increased by 22% – and is supported by diamond aluminum for stability and durability. On a broader scale, the Huawei laptop employs a new shark fin cooling system with a three-dimensional outflow design resulting in more heat dissipation paths and improved cooling capability courtesy of the dual shark-fin fans, coupled with intelligent temperature control and a high-performance VC heat dissipation module.

On the software side, the newly upgraded Super Turbo technology can assess the running status of the CPU, GPU, memory, etc., intelligently recognizing different application usage scenarios, potential system slowdowns, and app foreground/background states, while applying bespoke optimization strategies. Consequently, users experience faster boot times, software launches, and overall operation. Notably, acceleration improvements can be seen in video rendering and editing speeds compared to the previous model.

Another pleasant surprise is the laptop’s increased battery capacity to 70Wh. For the first time, it supports PD, UFCS, and SCP charging protocols, enabling super-fast charging for Huawei smartphones and tablets. The 140W charger can power up the laptop for three hours of office work after just ten minutes of charging, and despite its capacity, it’s surprisingly portable at just 205g, providing greater convenience for those on the go. Traveling with just one charger has never been this easy.

Cloud-Edge Collaboration, Crafting the Ultimate AIPC

Undoubtedly, AI is the current trend. Companies are evolving beyond AI smartphones to create AI PCs (AIPC), a competitive landscape exemplified by Lenovo’s product line and the recent Honor MagicBook Pro 16, both pitched as AIPCs. Huawei’s MateBook X Pro joins these ranks cementing Huawei’s edge with its years of AI expertise and comprehensive AI ecosystem architecture, taking full advantage of cloud-edge collaboration.

With the MateBook X Pro, Huawei introduces the AI space feature, transforming the PC into a one-stop AI capability gateway. The AI space integrates leading industry AI big models such as Baidu Wenxin Yiyan, iFlytek’s Star Fire, and Zhijiang Qingyan, offering users a curated selection of 100 AI agents covering office work, learning, content creation, and software development scenarios. Moreover, Huawei’s own Pangu large model makes its PC debut with summary capabilities, supporting one-sentence summaries, keyword extraction, and full-text abstracts for various content types, making it incredibly convenient.

Additionally, Huawei’s well-known features such as AI Vision, AI Sound Effects, Smart Voice, and Intelligent Search have been further enhanced by AI, streamlining various user experiences. In the grand scheme of the AI revolution, all devices, whether smartphones or PCs, are set to gain AI functionalities, although their specific applications may differ. For instance, smartphones are suited to learning user habits and providing personalized experiences, while PCs, as devices primarily used for work and learning, benefit more profoundly from large model integrations that boost efficiency.

With the introduction of the AI space in the MateBook X Pro series, Huawei’s PC offerings are poised for an AI democratization wave. The AI space is expected to expand across Huawei’s digital series and D series, allowing more users to experience the convenience offered by AI big models.

In Conclusion

As the flagship product in Huawei’s PC lineup, this upgrade of the Huawei MateBook X Pro represents a culmination of years of technological development. It stands out not only for its record-breaking 980g body weight, which makes it a leader among ultrabooks, but also for maintaining performance and battery life, once thought to be mutually exclusive features. Furthermore, as the first Huawei PC equipped with the AI space, the MateBook X Pro offers unparalleled productivity boosted by Huawei’s self-developed Pangu large model and leveraging industry partnerships, positioning itself perfectly in the torrid AI market.

Without exaggeration, the launch of the new Huawei MateBook X Pro is set to invigorate Huawei’s sales in the PC market, particularly within the high-end segment priced above 10,000 yuan. Here, it will fiercely compete with Apple, carving a unique niche for itself along the dimensions of portability, performance, and AI. Huawei continues to push boundaries with its Mate and P smartphone series, and now, with its X Pro PC lineup, challenging Apple for the higher-end market. As Huawei’s consumer market presence strengthens, this rivalry is likely to intensify, ushering in a buyer’s market ripe with opportunities for consumers.

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