One of Huawei’s new flagship devices announced during this MWC 2022 is the new MateBook X Pro laptop, a renewed device that has already seen success last year.
The MateBook X Pro, with its 2022 update, thus becomes an excellent laptop, it even makes us think of this model as the perfect laptop (although obviously it will have to be put to the test).
How much does the MateBook X Pro 2022 cost?
The price of this high-end laptop is $1,899, being an expensive laptop, but with such good specifications that it will be a good investment.
What does the MateBook X Pro 2022 offer?
This year, the laptop has a larger screen, 14.2 inches, compared to 13.9 inches on the MateBook X Pro (2021). This, in part, made it slightly larger at 1.38kg and 15.5mm, but it boils down to just 5.4mm thick.
The display is still 3K – albeit with a slightly higher resolution to account for the larger size – and boasts 500 nit brightness. Importantly, it now uses a 90Hz refresh rate for a smoother experience, along with 25x better calibration accuracy and 100% better color accuracy.
Huawei claimed it had a screen-to-body ratio of 92.5%, the highest of any flagship laptop in the industry. What’s more, the 6mm bezel manages to house the webcam, meaning it no longer lives in the keyboard at an awkward angle for many, as we saw with last year’s MateBook 14s.
The webcam, using some infrared sensors, supports Windows Hello login using facial recognition. Alternatively, the fingerprint reader remains on the power button.
Charging has also been improved from 65W to 90W, and Huawei claims this Super Charge feature gets you three hours of use from a 15-minute quick charge.
A modified chassis allows the MateBook X Pro for 2022 to have 60% more airflow and 100% better heat dissipation. The triple air intake and dual shark fin fan system will be needed as Huawei upgraded from a 15W to 30W TDP system to improve performance.
The design also features no less than six speakers in a “back-to-back” arrangement with “sound field reconstruction” technology for a spatial sound effect.
Also, there is a new touchpad with an infinity pool-style design that reaches the edge of the laptop and supports new creative free-touch gestures. With this, you can perform functions like volume and brightness control, as well as use a double tap to take a screenshot.
The latest X Pro comes with Windows 11 and Huawei’s new Super Device feature. The new MateStation X, MateBook E, MatePad Paper and MatePad all support the Super Device function.
Perhaps the only downside to the new X Pro is that it runs on 11th Gen Intel chips, up to Core i7, rather than the latest 12th Gen Alder Lake offering. It also doesn’t come with a discrete graphics card, so you’ll rely on the integrated Xe graphics.
Another downside that makes this laptop only “almost perfect”, rather than perfect, is its price. If you choose the MateBook X Pro with an i7, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, it will cost you nothing more and nothing less than $1,899.
Alongside the MateBook X Pro, Huawei globally launched its first all-in-one PC, the MateStation X, as well as its first laser printer in the PixLab X1. It’s a sign that the company is positioning itself to take on Apple’s iMac, as well as Windows rivals of the usual suspects including Acer, Lenovo, Dell and HP.
Other new features: MateStation X, MateBook E and MatePad Paper
The MateStation X monitor was announced last year, so we already knew about the device, however, its launch in Europe was announced at MWC.
The monitor consists of a 28.2-inch 4K touchscreen with 92% screen-to-body ratio and 98% P3 color gamut. The sleek design weighs around 9kg and features hinge-based engineering that allows you to adjust to the perfect size with just one finger.
As for specs, it features an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor (5 5600H or 7 5800H) with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.
It comes with a keyboard, mouse and has Huawei Share for multi-screen collaboration, just like the MateView monitor we tested last year.
With an R7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage, it all costs $2,199.
On the other hand, Huawei has also updated its range of tabletswith a new convertible Windows device in the MateBook E, as well as the MatePad Paper, an e-ink tablet running the company’s Android-inspired HarmonyOS system.