The Huawei MateBook X may initially look like just another MacBook rip-off but experts who were able to get their hands on the device earlier than the masses can vouch for its incredible features.
Huawei, a Chinese multinational company working its way through the gadgets market, has finally come up with a MacBook clone that would not make its users regret switching brands.
— HuaweiUSA (@HuaweiUSA) May 23, 2017
Based on a review of the device from Engadget, Huawei’s second try at the MacBook copying race did not disappoint as the MateBook X sports some features that not only differentiate it from the Apple laptop but also make it worth every penny.
According to the review, the physical appearance of the device from one of China’s top tech firms has an impeccable resemblance to that of the Cupertino-company’s 12-inch MacBook. In fact, a close look at its logos is needed to tell the two apart.
But despite the physical similarities, the Huawei MateBook X tops Apple’s laptop with its power button that is integrated with a fingerprint sensor to make accessing one’s profile easier than ever. It is also compatible with the Windows Hello feature.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) May 23, 2017
According to Tech Crunch, the company also ditched the touchscreen and convertibility features that were present in its first MateBook, with the MateBook X being a stand-alone laptop. The outlet believes that this may have hurt the device’s chance to lead the gadgets race since it runs on Windows 10 which sells better with two-in-one hybrid laptops with touch screen.
However, the outlet deems the company’s partnership with Dolby one of its greatest assets as the Huawei MateBook X comes with impressive Dolby Atmos surround sound system, particularly the on-board speaker hardware.
The rest of the specs is already similar to Apple’s MacBook. Its 13-inch display has a 3:2 aspect ratio matched with 2K resolution and a 4.4mm bezel, and it boasts 256GB or 512GB SSD options.
In terms of RAM, the Chinese tech firm provided users with 4GB or 8GB choices although The Verge believes that an average user would go for the higher random access memory considering that the laptop is meant to be a portable computer that can do most of the work.
Processor-wise, the clamshell designed Huawei MateBook X comes with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 instead of the less powerful Core M series and can last for as long as 10 hours while being used to watch a 1080p video after a single charge.
Of course, the device has a bit of a downside that included a dim display when used in bright sunlight and the use of minimal ports which means the user have to have adapters and extension docks to make use of the typical microSD, HDMI, USB A, USB C, and VGA connectivity. Seemingly predicting this reaction, the company decided to throw in a dock that has all these ports—except the microSD reader—with the Huawei MateBook X package.
Overall, the device got stellar reviews despite the apparent lack of originality.
“It’s thin, light, fast, and if Huawei’s promises about battery life hold up in real-world testing, then the MateBook X could be a really good portable laptop option that could offer a legitimate challenge to Apple’s languishing MacBook Air line,” The Verge noted.
However, there is the matter of the device’s tag price which, as of the writing of this article, remains a mystery. The only other thing Huawei decided to reveal is that the new Huawei MateBook will be available in rose gold which basically reeks more imitation of Apple’s MacBook.
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