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Huawei MateBook X Pro

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Dell XPS 13 9370

Huawei's MateBook X Pro has a classic slim design that might remind you of a MacBook. The 3000x2000 resolution touch display has a 3:2 aspect ratio, you get a good selection of standard ports, and a NVIDIA MX150 discrete graphics card (GPU) adds some extra power.

$1,200+ at Microsoft

Pros

  • Outstanding 13.9-inch display.
  • 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • Discrete NVIDIA MX150 GPU.
  • All-day battery life.
  • Huge touchpad.

Cons

  • Higher introductory price.

Dell's premier Ultrabook has an outstanding build and design, and it's available in plenty of configurations. You can find one for a few hundred dollars cheaper than the MateBook X Pro, but you might not get quite as much performance.

$900+ at Dell

Pros

  • Cheaper starting price.
  • Non-touch versions available.
  • Smaller and lighter.
  • IR camera for Windows Hello.
  • All-day battery life.

Cons

  • No USB-A port.
  • No discrete graphics.

These two laptops are about the same size and have many of the same perks, but there are some important differences to note before making a final decision.

Huawei MateBook X Pro vs. Dell XPS 13 tech specs

Huawei MateBook X Pro XPS 13 9370
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U
8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM 8GB, 16GB DDR3 4GB, 8GB, 16GB DDR3
Storage 256GB, 512GB PCIe SSD 128GB SATA SSD
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB PCIe SSD
Display size 13.9 inches (touch) 13.3 inches (touch and non-touch)
Display resolution 3,000 x 2,000 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD)
3,840 x 2,160 (4K UHD)
Graphics NVIDIA MX150 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM) Intel UHD 620
Ports Thunderbolt 3
USB-C
USB-A 3.0
3.5mm audio
Two Thunderbolt 3
USB-C 3.1
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Wireless 802.11ac
2 x 2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.1
Killer 1435
802.11ac (2 x 2)
Bluetooth 4.1
Camera Front-facing 1MP Front-facing 720p
IR camera for Windows Hello
Biometrics Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader (optional)
Battery 57.4 Wh 52 Wh
Dimensions 11.97 inches x 8.54 inches x 0.57 inches
(304 mm x 217 mm x 14.6 mm)
11.9 inches x 7.8 inches x 0.3-0.46 inches
(302 mm x 199 mm x 7.8-11.6 mm)
Weight 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) 2.67 pounds (1.2 kg) non-touch
2.68 pounds (1.2 kg) touch

Design and features

XPS 13

Dell's XPS 13 9370 has a smart design that builds on the last-gen 9360, with a thinner bezel, new ports, a new gold and white color combination, and better thermals and insulation to keep temperatures down. The chassis is made from aluminum, and you can opt for woven glass fiber palm rests with the white color. It's still well below a half-inch thick and weighs in around 2.67 pounds, making it lighter and thinner than Huawei's MateBook X Pro.

It's evident that Huawei used the MacBook Pro as inspiration for its own Pro device, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a beautiful device with a classic silver finish, speakers along the sides of the keyboard, and an enormous Precision touchpad that I know many will love. Both laptops have backlit keyboards, and both deliver a satisfying typing experience with ample travel and perfect spacing. If you type a lot, either laptop will do.

A fingerprint reader is built into the power button, and though there's no IR camera for Windows Hello, the MateBook X Pro's webcam is cleverly hidden beneath a button in the F-row of the keyboard. The XPS 13 has kept its webcam below the display (no room above!), and it is indeed an IR camera. If you wish, you can also opt for a fingerprint reader to be built into the power button.

For ports, both laptops are looking to the future with USB-C, though the XPS 13 has two Thunderbolt 3 whereas the MateBook X Pro only has one. If you still need USB-A without having to rely on an adapter, Huawei's laptop has one of those ports.

Display

These two laptops really set themselves apart when it comes down to the display. The MateBook X Pro has a 3:2 aspect ratio for its 13.9-inch touchscreen, which puts it in between the two most common aspect ratios for media (4:3 and 16:9). If you like the look of Microsoft's Surface devices, you'll no doubt appreciate what Huawei has done.

Aside from the aspect ratio, you're getting a beautiful 3000x 2000 resolution and a 100 percent sRGB color gamut, all packed into something with almost no bezel or chin. It's a touchscreen, but there's not a lot of gloss and there's also no pen support.

The XPS 13's display is no slouch either, though it's configured for the more common 16:9 aspect ratio. You're getting the 13.3-inch screen in either touch or non-touch, and you can choose between 1080p and 4K. Color accuracy is at 100 percent sRGB, and an anti-glare coating helps with annoying light reflection on the touch display. Like the MateBook X Pro, there is no pen support.

Performance

MateBook X Pro

Thanks to similar Intel 8th-Gen processors (CPU) and a few options for RAM and storage, these two laptops are similarly matched when it comes to standard performance. However, the addition of an NVIDIA MX150 discrete GPU in the MateBook X Pro definitely pushes it over the edge in terms of gaming or multimedia editing. The integrated Intel graphics in the XPS 13 can still deliver decent performance, but if you want the most power, definitely go with Huawei's device.

The MateBook X Pro can get about 10 hours from a single battery charge with the display brightness auto-adjusting, and even under a heavy load, the fans stay relatively quiet. Thermals are excellent, and the Intel Core i7 CPU doesn't need to be throttled to keep it from melting down. Love speedy storage? The PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) from Lite-On hits 3,000 MB/s read and 2,000 MB/s write speeds.

Thanks to GORE thermal insulation, the Core i7 CPU in the XPS 13 likewise does not need to be throttled, though you might notice the fans are slightly louder. As for battery life, you can expect about eight hours from a charge when using a 4K display, and you can easily tack on a couple more hours for an FHD configuration. As for the SSD, you can save money by opting for a SATA drive, though speeds will pale in comparison. The Toshiba PCIe SSD in upper-end XPS 13 configurations hits about 3,000 MB/s read speeds, but only manages to hit about 1,000 MB/s write.

Huawei MateBook X Pro offers discrete graphics and outstanding display

Need a bit more screen space than what the XPS 13 has to offer? Want to take advantage of discrete graphics in the form of NVIDIA's MX150? The Huawei MateBook X Pro is likely a better fit for you. Its enormous touchpad, pop-up webcam, and excellent battery life are also selling points.

Extra performance

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Big, beautiful touch display and the hardware to back it up.

Huawei's MateBook X Pro comes at you with a slim, portable design, 3K touch display with 3:2 aspect ratio, eighth-generation Intel Core CPU options, and discrete NVIDIA graphics. Battery lasts all day, ports are ready for the future, and with matched hardware, prices are about the same.

XPS 13 offers more configurations starting at a lower price

If you don't need discrete graphics or a touch display on a clamshell notebook, Dell has an XPS 13 configuration for you. Models start quite a bit cheaper than the MateBook X Pro, but you can still get up to a 4K touch display with more overall configuration options. If you're looking for a laptop for everyday productivity, the XPS 13 9370 is likely a better choice.

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Dell XPS 13 9370

Dell's premier Ultrabook should not be ignored.

With up to a 4K touch display, IR camera for Windows Hello, and storage options up to a 2TB PCIe SSD, the XPS 13 9370 should be seriously considered. It has a lower starting price than the MateBook X Pro, making it ideal for anyone who need a laptop for everyday productivity.

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