Huawei's powerful MateBook X Pro now available in U.S. starting at ,199

Huawei's powerful new MateBook X Pro is now available in the U.S., and it's coming at a price that may surprise. While some were expecting the high-end laptop to hit the $2,000 mark, Huawei announced today that it is available in two variants, coming in at $1,199 and $1,499, respectively.

For the money, the MateBook X Pro packs a 13.9-inch touch-enabled display with a 3:2 aspect ration at 3000 x 2000 resolution. The highlight of the display is its 91 percent screen-to-body ration, thanks to the thin bezels on each side. Huawei has also managed to reach 99 percent sRGB and 77 percent AdobeRGB accuracy.

As for the internals, the $1,499 model packs an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM, a speedy 512GB SSD for storage, and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics. The $1,199 model steps things down to an 8th Gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and Intel's UHD Graphics 620.

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Rounding things out is solid audio, courtesy of a quad-speaker Dolby Atmos system. A fingerprint sensor is also embedded in the power button, and Huawei is throwing in one year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal.

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)

In his recent review of the MateBook X Pro, Windows Central Executive Editor Daniel Rubino touted the MateBook X Pro as "easily one of [his] favorite laptops right now." From the review:

The fundamentals – battery life, typing, display, and audio – are all well above average. Those speakers tell me that companies like Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, etc. are not trying hard enough. For those who watch movies or listen to music, the MateBook X Pro is one of the best on the market, period.

Huawei says the MateBook X Pro is available now in "Space Gray" or "Mystic Silver" starting at $1,199. That said, the Microsoft Store currently has each model available at a pretty nice discount, dropping $50 off the entry-level model and $150 off the top-end model.

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