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.
For a number of years, the Matebook X (non-Pro) have relialbly been my idea of the perfect laptop, because they are the most powerful devices that are fanless and also broadly compatible with linux (unlike the main Surface devices). But they are just too damn expensive.
$1400?! Bloody hell, I think I’ll buy a $900 MacBook Air for that money, thanks…
the 2020 model was on sale recently : 899E for french customers : https://www.dealabs.com/bons-plans/huawei-matebook-x-13-16go-i5-2238932
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