The rate of innovation around laptops and Ultrabooks is now so rapid that what was revolutionary just twelve months ago is quickly outpaced.

Take the Microsoft Surface Laptop – arguably one of the best Ultrabooks on the market even if there are some glaring gaps. The Huawei MateBook X Pro, which came out of nowhere, is in many ways a better laptop.

Microsoft Surface Laptop (left) vs. the Huawei MateBook X Pro (right).

In my video review smackdown above, I go over the pros and cons of each. By the end, it should be obvious which is better and why. Of course, you really can't go wrong with either, but in my opinion, there's a clear winner here.

Our Surface Laptop vs. MateBook X Pro tech specs

Laptop MateBook X Pro Surface Laptop
Year 2018 2017
Screen size 13.9 inches 13.5 inches
Resolution 3000 x 2000 (259 ppi) 2256 x 1504 (201 ppi)
Aspect 3 x 2 3 x 2
Touch Yes Yes
Pen No Yes
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i5 8250U or Core i7 8550U 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U or i7-76660U
Graphics NVIDIA MX150 + 2GB GDRR5 RAM HD620
RAM 8GB or 16GB DDR3 4GB, 8GB, 16GB DDR3
Storage 256GB or 512GB SSD 128GB, 265GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD
Windows Hello Yes (fingerprint) Yes (IR camera)
Ports 2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt 3), 1x USB-A, audio jack 1x USB-A 3.0, 1x Mini DisplayPort., audio jack
Audio Quad-speaker array, quad-mic array 2x Omnisonic speakers, Dolby Premium
Dimensions 11.97 x 8.54 x 0.57 inches 12.3 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches
Weight 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg) 2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)
Price Starting $1,199 Starting $799

Future is bright for PC users

We're starting to hear rumors that Microsoft may refresh Surface Laptop before the fall, possibly in time for back to school season. If accurate, we could realistically expect newer Intel 8th Gen processors at the very least. Microsoft could even ditch that old Mini DisplayPort for a more modern USB Type-C one instead.

The real winner here though is you, the consumer. Never has there been such amazing laptops for people to buy. The Surface brand was meant to inspire – consumers and manufacturers – and that is happening. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Razer and even newcomer Huawei are all releasing outstanding PCs, which is exactly what Microsoft wants.

As we watch Computex this week and IFA in the fall, we'll only see more, and crazier PCs hit the market. I can't wait.

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