What you need to know
- Huawei MateBook X Pro has been refreshed for 2022 with new 12th Intel core processors.
- Other improvements include a new touchpad, 3.1K FullView display, and an oxidation process with new color choices.
- The 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P is cooled using the new Shark Fin Fan cooling system from Huawei to help keep it performing at higher clock speeds.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro is the company's flagship laptop and it has received a refresh for 2022. Huawei has swapped out the display, thrown in a new touchpad, increased the battery pack, changed how it coats the aluminum chassis and added newer 12th Gen Intel processors. The end result is one capable laptop that looks the part.
Because of this fancy new Micro-arc Oxidation Coating process employed by Huawei for the new MateBook X Pro (2022), the laptop itself is a little lighter, coming in at just 1.26kg (compared to 1.33kg with the 2021 model). This also has the added benefit of some dashing new colors being available, including space grey, ink blue, and white.
The display is new and is now a 14.2-inch 3.1K FullView panel with a maximum brightness of 500 nits. Full support for HDR is present and gorgeous colors can be expected. Huawei Free Touch is the name of the new touchpad surface, which supports eight innovative gesture controls including screenshots, brightness, and volume adjustment.
|Header Cell - Column 0
|Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022)
|Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro
|12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P
|Intel Iris Xe Graphics
|512GB or 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
|14.2-inch LTPS, 3:2 3.1K
|Row 6 - Cell 0
|3120 x 2080, 90Hz
|Two Thunderbolt 4, Two USB-C, 3.5mm audio
|Chiclet keyboard & Huawei Free Touch
|Row 9 - Cell 0
|1.5mm key travel
|Six built-in speakers, Quad microphone array
|Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) (Dual band) 2*2, Bluetooth 5.2
|60Wh, 90W AC adapter
|310 x 221 x 15.5mm
|Space grey, ink blue, white
Newer Intel Core processors are excellent in terms of performance, but we've seen some laptops struggle to tame these newer hybrid chips, resulting in some degree of thermal throttling. Huawei is using a new Shark Fin Fan cooling system, which is said to keep the MateBook X Pro performing admirably for longer sessions.
No word yet on pricing or availability for the Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022), but we can be far off from a public release. Huawei makes some of the best Windows laptops around, so we're rather excited to see how this notebook performs.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.