After offering a new version of the Huawei MateBook X, the Chinese company now also offers another appealing laptop, the 14 inch Huawei MateBook D. The device is priced at $999 and up and it comes with 8th gen Intel Core CPU.
Yes, I know the product has been available for months now, but initially, it came with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor and Radeon Vega 9 graphics. It also cost just $630, which is not half bad. Now we get a pricier model, one that comes with the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB) graphics card in lieu of the AMD one. If you’re bummed by the $999 price tag, you should know that many shops are offering discounts.
Aside from the CPU and GPU change, the device keeps the 14 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display with touch ability. It also keeps the 8 GB of RAM (DDR4), WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Inside we find a 57.4 Wh battery and the whole thing measures 0.6 inches in thickness and weighs 3.5 pounds. Connectivity includes an USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports too, plus a HDMI and 3.5 mm audio jack.
Then there’s the 1 MP webcam, quad speakers and Dolby Atmos acoustics. What’s also lacking here, aside from AMD stuff is a fingerprint scanner for some reason. A good piece of news though is that the top of the line model has double the storage of the entry level AMD unit. You can get the Core i7 model for $1099 on the Microsoft Store and the Core i5 one for $949 on Amazon.
Huawei MateBook X Pro debuted earlier this year, at MWC 2018, but now it’s getting new versions. This newcomer has 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage, but it lacks a graphics card, so it’s not for gamers, for sure. Let’s see what it also brings.
This is a fifth model within the product series and it has the same Core i7 processor as the higher end models, but sans the MX150 GPU. Huawei claims that this model is targeted towards people who want storage, but don’t need as much as 16 GB of RAM and MX150 GPU. Basically, they cut some of the gaming prowess and also the price. You still get a 13.9 inch screen with LTPS tech and a 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution.
It’s got super slim bezels and 91% screen to body ratio. A 57.4 Wh battery is integrated within this device, with the promise of up to 12 hours of video playback. Fast charge is also on the table. Connectivity includes two USB Type-C ports and a single USB Type-A port. An audio jack and 4 speakers are here for the multimedia needs. 4 long range microphones are integrated for Cortana.
The keyboard is spill-proof and there’s also a fingerprint scanner hidden under the power button. A pop up webcam is part of the package and it got pretty viral come debut time. It’s placed between the F7 and F8 keys. The product is sold for $1599 and it’s available from August 28th. People who preorder and pay a deposit get a free dock.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook receives new configurations this week, as the device is now available with an 8th gen Intel processor and 128 GB of storage. The device is only available in China for starters and we have details about pricing and specs below.
Meant to compete with lower priced ASUS models and still sporting a quality case, this device starts at $581 and goes to $727. For that amount you get an Intel 8th gen CPU and SSD storage. The product goes on sale in China on August 28th and there’s no info about a launch on other markets just yet. The base version of the machine has an Intel Core i5 CPU, as well as 4 GB of RAM.
The midrange model has the same CPU, but also 8 GB of RAM, while the high end model opts for a Core i7 and 8 GB of RAM. Otherwise, they all have the same 15.6 inch Full HD screen. Storage is quite generous, with both a 1 TB HDD and 128 GB of SSD. On the graphics front, we get an NVIDIA GeForce MX110 GPU with 2 GB of VRAM. Clearly not a machine for gaming.
As far as connectivity is concerned, we have two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, a card reader and an audio jack. Bluetooth and WiFi are also here. The good news is that we get a full sized keyboard and also a numeric pad. The product comes in Deep Gray and White and has dual 3W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio virtual surround.
The latest Apple-related rumors mentioned the fact that aside from the 3 new iPhones, iPad Pro models and maybe a watch, we could see extra goodies during Apple’s event next month. One of them is the 13 inch entry level MacBook, that’s now rumored to have been reworked from the ground up.
The MacBook Air was the most affordable option till now, but now there’s a plan for a 13 inch MacBook Air replacement. That notebook was actually supposed to debut earlier, perhaps during WWDC 2018 earlier this summer, but according to Digitimes the product was delayed on account of a redesign. Turns out that Apple aimed for a Q4 2017 release, but it was stunted by the delay of Intel’s next gen chipset.
Apple thus had to opt for a larger 14 nm Kaby Lake CPU. Since the chip is larger everything had to be changed: internals, cooling, motherboard, you name it. Apple wants to deliver a golden product, so it won’t have to listen to customers complain about its MacBooks like they’ve been doing with the MacBook keyboards for years now. The 13 inch MacBook is rumored to be priced at around $1500, maybe $1200 if Apple is feeling generous.
Expect a slim machine, very light, with a metal body and impressive power. Productivity on the go? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Yesterday the U.S. Federal government pass a new appropriations bill for Nation Defense and included it it was the banning of federal employees, contractors, etc, for using ZTE or Huawei devices or components in government equipment.
Obviously the first thought is how will this affect these 2 Chinese tech giants?
In truth, this will have little to no effect on Huawei since without a direct USA carrier supplier they are still the number 2 smartphone selling mfg on earth!
ZTE may have a few issues figuring out ways to get its Axon9 into the US market. Time will tell, but neither of these companies will be hurting much due to the new legislation.