The competition to remove as much bezel from laptop displays is narrowing — the new Huawei MateBook X Pro stretches the screen to edges. All the edges.

Dell's XPS 13 lopped off the side and top bezels, but kept a significant chin below. Huawei decided to go even further, pushing the 14-inch screen of the MateBook X Pro almost all the way to the base lid. Combined with the tall 3:2 aspect ratio it makes for a striking design — open the lid and all you see inside is screen. It's a remarkable look, and Huawei claims that it's the first laptop to exceed a 90% screen-to-body ratio (such as you can measure that on a laptop). Huawei's making a point of comparing the MateBook X Pro directly with the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro from Apple, in large part because it manages to exceed Apple's small "pro" laptop in multiple ways.

Category Huawei MateBook X Pro
Display 13.9-inch 3K LTPS touchscreen
3000 x 2000 resolution, 260ppi
450 nit brightness, 100% sRGB color gamut
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i5 8250U or Core i7 8550U
Graphics NVIDIA MX150 + 2GB GDRR5 RAM
RAM 8GB or 16GB DDR3 2133MHZ
Storage 256GB or 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD
Ports 2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt 3), 1x USB-A, audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1
Audio Quad-speaker array, quad-mic array
Battery 57.4Wh, up to 12-hour battery life
Dimensions 11.97 x 8.54 x 0.57 inches
(304 x 217 x 14.6 mm)
Weight 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)

The "Pro" moniker doesn't necessarily mean top-end performance, though given the thin-and-light nature of this laptop it's not exactly expected either. It packs your choice of an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA MX150 GPU — great, good, and middle-of-the-road, respectively. But for most users, that'll be more than enough oomph to get through the day.

The MateBook X Pro measures 14.6mm thick at its thickest point, which is just a hair thinner than the MacBook Pro, though it's worth noting that the Huawei laptop has a tapered design compared to the continuous thickness of Apple's. It's also half a pound lighter at 2.49 pounds. The aluminum body comes in both silver and space gray finishes, and inside you'll find 57.4 Whr battery that Huawei claims will last 12 hours on a continuous video playback. Real life use will be considerably less, though 8 hours isn't out of the question.

Huawei also managed to cram in four speakers — a pair of treble tweeters that vent through the grills on either side of the backlit keyboard, plus a pair of subwoofers on either side of the palm rests that speak through slits along the bottom sides. These are using Dolby Atmos tech to get the most out of them, and in my brief time with the laptop they sounded good. Also sporting the number '4' is the microphone count, with a quad-array for use with Cortana. The chiclet-style keyboard seemed decent, with even backlighting and shallow-but-reasonable-for-a-laptop travel. They're positioned above a nice large glass Microsoft Precision touchpad that feels great on the fingertips — easily matching the quality tracking surface of a Surface or MacBook.

The thin bezels all around mean there's no space for a Windows Hello-compatible IR camera, so Huawei took the power button and turned it into a fingerprint sensor. It's the same excellent fingerprint sensor tech as is used on Huawei's phones, so we're feeling good about its potential on the MateBook X. Rounding out the tech bits is a pair of USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 3, the other is charging capable), a single USB-A port, and an audio jack.

And then there's the webcam. It's not a remarkable camera, at 1 megapixel with a tiny aperture. But what stands out is that it's not located on the display lid at all. Where Dell sticks it below the screen and Lenovo managed to squeeze a camera in above, Huawei has instead stuck the camera into a pop-up module hidden under a keycap in the function keys row. It's F6.5 — press it and the camera pops out, press it again and it slots away. And yes, that means the camera is even closer to you and gives an even more pronounced up-nose view. It's not flattering in the least, but moving to a nearly bezel-less design meant the camera had to go elsewhere. Huawei was adamant that it wasn't that bad, but between the poor image quality and the incredibly awkward angle, it's going to be a frustration point for the reported 30 percent of laptop users that do make use of the webcam. On the plus side, when you push the camera back down into its housing, it's acting as a physical privacy shutter.

Overall, the MateBook X Pro is an impressive laptop. The screen is gorgeous and a great size and shape, it's light but still strong, and powerful for its size. The question comes down to price — and Huawei has put the starting price at €1499 for an i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, ranging up to €1899 for a i7 with a 512GB SSD (roughly US$1800 to $2400). It's a relatively high price for a 14-inch laptop, though the MateBook X Pro brings more graphics power to the party than much of its like-sized competition. It'll be available globally in Spring 2018.