Huawei MateBook X is a gorgeous fanless 13-inch laptop that's exceptionally light

Today, Huawei announced a brand-new addition to its MateBook line, the MateBook X. Pushing beyond the tablet space into the premium Ultrabook one, Huawei is making waves with this exceptionally designed PC.

The MateBook X weighs just 2.3 lbs (1.05 kg) with razor-thin display bezels that are only 4.4 mm wide. Even better, the 2160 x 1440 non-touch IPS display is in the 3:2 aspect ratio, like Microsoft's Surface line.

Perhaps the biggest news about the MateBook X is what you can't see: cooling vents. The dual-core Intel Core i5-7200U and i7-7500U processors are completely fanless, one of the first examples of this we have seen in a modern laptop.

The all-metal chassis comes in three colors including space gray, prestige gold, and rose gold (China only).

Huawei MateBook X full tech specs

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Display13-inch IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass, non-touch
sRGB 100 percent color gamut
350 nits
Display Resolution2160 x 1440 pixels, 200 pixels per inch (PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
SoftwareWindows 10
ProcessorSeventh Gen Intel Core i5-7200U
Seventh Gen Intel Core i7-7500U
Storage256GB or 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Memory4GB or 8GB RAM
1866Mhz LPDDR3
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 620
Windows HelloTwo-in-one power button with touch fingerprint sensor
Front Camera1.0MP camera
SpeakersStereo speakers with Dolby Atmos Sound System
PortsTwo USB-C ports (one on the left supporting data transfer and charging and one on the right supporting data transfer and can connect to MateDock 2)
3.5mm stereo headset jack
NetworkIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2x2 MIMO
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Battery Life10 hours of use
Weight1.05 kg (2.31 lbs)
Dimensions12.5 mm x 286 mm x 211 mm
ColorsSpace gray, prestige gold, and rose gold (China only)

Additionally, the MateBook X is the first laptop to support Dolby Atmos Sound System. Going beyond just software optimizations, the MateBook X's audio hardware was co-designed with Dolby to achieve unprecedented sound, according to Huawei.

More details on MateBook X

MateBook X has a Window Hello-enabled fingerprint reader right in the power button. That's interesting because you only need to press it once – to power on the device – and the laptop "remembers" your fingerprint, logging you into Windows 10 automatically. Most Windows 10 laptops with fingerprint readers are dual-stage: you press the power button, and then wait for login screen and use the fingerprint reader. That process is now just one step with the MateBook X.

In my time with the MateBook X, I came away very impressed. It's light and exquisitely built, and Huawei made all the right decisions, including a large Precision touchpad. One drawback: The two USB Type-C ports do power and data but are not Thunderbolt 3 capable.

The MateBook X is expected to go sale in July in six countries including the U.S. and UK. Pricing starts at about $1,572 (€1,399) for the Core i5 version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, and it goes up to $1,900 (€1,699) for the Core i7 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD.

We plan to review the MateBook X later in June, so stay tuned.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Looks quite similar to the HP Spectre x360, just with a taller aspect ratio and thinner base. Really good looking device.
  • Yup. Mix a MacBook + Spectre you'd get this. Very excited about it, it's super nice to use.
  • I dig that thing !! MacBook did you say Dan ? No iCrap on our WC please !
  • The MacBook is an amazing piece of hardware, no doubt about it. I don't care for the OS at all, but still nice hardware.
  • I agree it's nice, but it doesn't have the looks of the surface laptop!
  • i7 fanless? I dunno about that.
  • Its a i7 u (ultrabook) series so its severely underclocked. Should be okay.
  • Looks premium to me. Huawei is knocking on the premium market, wow!
  • The original Matebook was gorgeous as well. I didn't buy it because I have a simple rule : Never spend more than 300 USD on a computer !
  • Beacause you enjoy having computers that cause nothing but grief.
  • U-series i5 / i7 without fans is interesting if their cooling solution doesn't result in throttling. I wish Huawei would make a 2-in-1 that looked like this...
  • That fingerprint reader is inspired.
  • Truly.
  • Indeed. Hopefully others will copy that one-stage power on/authenticate design (if it's not patented).
  • You mention that the display is non-touch.  Was that a typo?
  • Nope, non-touch.
  • At that price it should have more ram
  • More than 8 gigs? This is a laptop not a gaming rig. My gaming rig has 8 gigs and it runs perfectly solid with no issues.
  • Because lots of ram is only used for gaming. *Roll eyes*
  • Have see that 8gb ram is recommended for Windows 10, so at that price I would expect more especially as huawei are not that well-known for laptops
  • Did you notice it's starts at 4 Gb of RAM? I think the OP is right. One could always use more RAM.
  • Come on... 8 was a good amount in 2015. Not now.   Has nothing to do with gaming. Running a browser with multiple tabs, photo editing, maybe music or a vid playing? 16 is a necessity unless you are talking about Chromebooks or something.   If I am buying a 1,900 laptop, i'm not conceding something as essential as RAM.    
  • It's a gorgeous device but it's definitely targeting the premium market. Not a value proposition haha.
  • I will never understand why companies go all out then kill it in at least one way. A 1mp camera? Dang.
  • My hunch is the display bezel being that thin all around, but yeah, 1MP is kinda weak.
  • It's just a bummer. So many products with great potential. Only to be handicapped somehow someway.
  • Compromises should always be expected somewhere somehow when you are talking about an ultrabook. Most people complain about dongles but alas here we are in 2017 and compromises are the name of the game. 
  • Not excepting it. Especially when it comes to a camera. If they can fit what they do inside of a thin iPhone then they could have put a better one in this thing. It's almost like they said crap we forgot a camera here just throw this in it.
  • Very glad to see huge support of Huawei to Windows platform. Huawei makes great smartphones and great 2 in 1, their products in Windows are always high end and that's something we should say thanks to this company.
  • Maybe they will make a windows phone for the masses to fill in the void after Lumia was canceled.
  • Maybe tech retail stores should disable reviews until release of their products to forestall spammy "anti-reviews" like those you mentioned?
  • non-touch?!
  • Looks awesome. But does it have a backlit keyboard and touch screen display?
  • I'd love one like this but I do my gaming (Overwatch etc) on my laptop so this wouldn't have the graphics grunt.
  • I know it can't be included in the thinest devices, but the absence of USB-A is a deal breaker for me, much more than the absence of USB-C in the surface laptop... Can't we have both ?