Huawei may have opted to name their laptops “MateBook,” but they perhaps should have considered calling these impressive machines giant killers. They’re poised to take on the biggest names in personal computing, and the laptops look like they have the power to go the distance against any other brand.
At CES 2019, Huawei announced their MateBook 13, with their sights set on taking down Apple’s MacBook Air. The new 13 fits between Huawei’s MateBook D and MateBook X Pro, offering a decent price with high-end design and features. The 13 offers a 3:2 aspect ratio display in its 13-inch screen, which has a respectable 2160 x 1440 resolution.
The MateBook is available in two models—the first with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U Whiskey Lake processor and 256GB of storage. The second offers the more powerful i7-8656U model with 512GB of storage and an Nvidia MX150 GPU. Both come with 8GB of RAM and two USB-C ports. The first model will sell for USD$999, and the second more powerful version for USD$1299.
The MateBook 13 is being heralded as the ideal Windows alternative to the beloved MacBook Air.
The notion of Apple getting unseated by a Chinese competitor may seem ludicrous, but with what Huawei is offering, it looks to be a pretty good showdown.