Huawei’s latest thin and light laptop is very thin and light. The Huawei Matebook X 2021 has a 13 inch, 3000 x 2000 pixel display and an 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processor, but the notebook measures just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just about 2.2 pounds.
The Huawei Matebook X 2021 is available for purchase in China, where it sells for the equivalent of $1400. There’s no word on if or when this model will be available in other countries.
Huawei’s notebook is powered by an Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor and ships with 16GB of LPDDR4x-3733 memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD.
The processor is more energy-efficient than Intel’s Core i5-1135G7 processor, making it a better fit for tightly packed computers like the MateBook X 2021 or Lenovo’s 2 pound ThinkPad X1 Nano. But when I reviewed a ThinkPad X1 Nano with the same Core i5-1130G7 processor this summer, I was impressed at the notebook’s performance. For the most part it didn’t feel less powerful than a system with a Core i5-1135G7 chip.
Huawei says the MateBook X 2021 is capable of quiet operation, but I can’t tell from the Chinese product pages whether it’s actually a fanless computer or just a model with a quiet fan.
Other features include a 42 Wh battery, a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a webcam hidden in the keyboard area, which only pops up when you’re using it.
I’m not a big fan of these “hidden” webcams when they’re hidden in the keyboard, since it means that they shoot you from a low angle during video calls. But it does help Huawei keep the screen bezels slim: the company says the MateBook X 2021 has a 90% screen-to-body ratio.
The screen itself is an LTPS display with support for 10-point multitouch input, a 3:2 aspect ratio, and 278 pixels per inch.