Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro

We've already seen and tested a bunch of great laptops this year, but Dell's refreshed XPS 13 9370 and Huawei's new MateBook X Pro stand out as two premier clamshell notebooks. They're both slim, powerful Ultrabooks with beautiful displays, ready to tackle a day's work at your hands. If you're thinking about investing in a new laptop, either one of these is a great decision, but I'll help you narrow it down in this comparison.

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Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro tech specs

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

Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro design and features

XPS 13

Dell's refreshed XPS 13 sticks with a design similar to the last-gen 9360, though you're getting a thinner bezel, new ports, a new gold and white color combination, and better thermals and insulation to keep temperatures down. The chassis is still made from aluminum, though you now have an option for woven glass fiber palm rests if you choose the white color. Overall, it's still well below a half-inch thick and weighs in at 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.

MateBook X Pro

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.

Bottom line

The XPS 13 is a smaller, lighter device with future-proofed ports, though the pop-up webcam, enormous touchpad, and USB-A port on the MateBook X Pro might be enticing to some.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro display

These two laptops really set themselves apart in the display department. The MateBook X Pro is using 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 Book 2, you'll no doubt appreciate what Huawei has done.

Aside from the aspect ratio, you're getting a beautiful 3,000 x 2,000 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.

Bottom line

If you like a 3:2 aspect ratio, you have to go with the Huawei MateBook X Pro, though the XPS 13's IGZO display is just about unbeatable, especially at 4K.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro 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 graphics card (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 heavy load the fans stays 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.

XPS 13

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.

Bottom line

These two laptops are quite evenly matched thanks to similar CPUs and a few RAM and SSD configurations, but the MX150 dedicated GPU in the MateBook X Pro can't be ignored.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro price

MateBook X Pro

While Dell's XPS 13 is readily available in plenty of configurations starting at about $1,000, the MateBook X Pro has not yet made its debut in the U.S. As mentioned in Executive Editor Daniel Rubino's review, pricing is expected to be more than $2,000 for the Core i7 model, with the Core i5 model understandably costing less.

While the baseline XPS 13's price tag is attractive, remember that it's only equipped with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SATA SSD. If you move closer to what the MateBook X Pro has to offer, including a high-res touch display, Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, you're looking at an XPS 13 that will cost about $2,000 … and that's without a dedicated GPU.

Bottom line

The XPS 13 has some affordable low-end configurations that will no doubt be the best option for many, but as you increase the performance hardware, prices should even out.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Huawei MateBook X Pro conclusion

It's an exciting time to be a lover of Windows laptops, as evidenced here with the XPS 13 and Huawei MateBook X Pro. Both of these laptops make fine choices, though if you need something a bit more mobile you might want to lean toward the XPS 13. Likewise, Dell's laptop offers more configuration options starting at a lower price.

On the other hand, if you'd like that extra bit of graphics power, the NVIDIA MX150 in the MateBook X Pro is invaluable. You also can't forget about the beautiful touch display with 3:2 aspect ratio, nor can you ignore the enormous Precision touchpad and familiar look for anyone switching sides from Apple.

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