The latest laptop from Huawei sub-brand Honor sports a 16.1 inch display surrounded by slim bezels, a 15W Intel Whiskey Lake processor, a 25W NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, and a 56 Wh battery.

But the most impressive thing about the Huawei MagicBook Pro may be the fact that despite the big screen and relatively beefy specs, it’s a pretty compact laptop, weighing just 1.7 kg (about 3.74 pounds).

The notebook is up for pre-order in China for about $800 and up and it should ship by the end of the month.

There’s no word on if or when the Huawei MagicBook Pro will be available internationally… especially given the tensions between Huawei and the US, which probably aren’t going to be helped by a recent report claiming that Huawei helped North Korea build its 3G wireless network.

But in terms of design, features, and price, MagicBook Pro certainly looks attractive The laptop borrows some design cues from Apple’s MacBook lineup, with a silver-and-black color scheme. But the MagicBook Pro has smaller top and side bezels around the screen, top-facing speakers, and no Touch Bar.

Three configurations will be available in China at launch:

  • Intel Core i5-8265U/NVIDIA MX250/8GB/512GB for $800
  • Intel Core i7-8565U/NVIDIA MX250/8GB/512GB for $900
  • Intel Core i7-8565U/NVIDIA MX250/16GB/1TB for $1160

One design feature I’m not in love with? The webcam is hidden in a key in the center of the number row on the keyboard. The good thing about this location is that the camera is covered when you’re not using it and the top bezel can be slim. The bad thing is that the camera is set at an awkward angle and it will get a close-up view of your fingers if you’re typing while on a video call.

via GizmoChina, GizChina, and Gadgets360

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6 replies on “Honor MagicBook Pro crams a 16.1 inch display, discrete graphics into a 3.7 pound laptop”

  1. They removed the bezels around the screen just to add them around the keyboard.

  2. Does it come with its own Spy? Joking aside, I wouldn’t touch any Huawei or assimilate products until this story is sorted one way or another.
    In these days and age, you can’t buy a Samsung TV or an Amazon Echo without it listening to you, so Huawei is a Data privacy risk too far.

    1. It’s not really about the device spying on you, it’s the fact that so much information created on your devices is sent to a server across the world. A car that is parked can still be involved in an accident but a car that’s constantly moving is more likely to be in an accident. Echo sends everything you say to a server by design which is inherently a risk.

      Huawei is largely a hardware manufacturer, I’d be more suspicious of the Windows 10 operating system running on this computer though Microsoft admit they are spying on you at least. Devices in general are secure but software is almost always the problem. It doesn’t help that software is designed to facilitate data collection.

      Best thing you can do is use a very wide variety of devices so at least your data is separated by a virtual firewall between the Apples and Microsofts of the world. However Huawei, AMD, Intel, Apple and the likes aren’t even in the same category as Microsoft and Google when it comes to data collection, again it’s all in the software.

    2. Define what it would mean to “sort out this situation” ? USA is investigating Huawei at least since 2012 and has not found anything and is throwing around accusations without any evidence. With a history of proven lies, like Iraq’s nuclear weapons, and over 100 years of racist hate toward China, how can anyone believe these accusations ?

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