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The Huawei MateBook X Pro Could Be One of the Best Windows Laptops of the Year

Last year, Huawei made their first laptop, and it was pretty good for a first effort! The MateBook X had pretty short battery life and a so-so touchpad, but it got a lot right, too — it had the best laptop audio we’ve ever heard, top-notch specs, and a premium aluminum build (albeit one a little easy to scuff up, as we learned the hard way). Huawei is looking to improve on that first effort with the MateBook X Pro, which they announced this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MateBook X Pro represents a slight redesign and a spec upgrade, but not everything has been changed for the better.

First, the obvious stuff — the processor has been upgraded to an 8th generation Intel Core i7 or i5 CPU, the latest generation available. Unlike last year’s laptop, Huawei has included a discrete GPU in the MateBook X Pro. The Nvidia GeForce MX150 isn’t exactly a world beater, but it’s more powerful than integrated Intel graphics, so it’ll give a little boost to gaming and video and image editing software. That’s all still paired with 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and either a 256 GB or a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD for storage.

The MateBook X Pro has a 13.9″ 3000 x 2000 resolution display. Once again the bezels are extremely thin, keeping the laptop as small as possible. It’s still a bit bigger than the MateBook X, and as a result weighs 2.93 pounds instead of the super-light 2.31 pounds of the MateBook X. That’s still pretty light, especially considering it’s larger and contains a discrete GPU. It’s still definitely light and thin enough to be easy on the back for all you mobile workers out there.

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