If you ever wanted to pick up the new MacBook Air 2018 for its looks and portability but didn’t want to step into the Mac OS ecosystem, the newly announced Huawei Matebook 13 is exactly the alternative you want to get.
The Matebook 13 is Huawei’s latest ultrabook offering unveiled at CES 2019. The Matebook 13 features Intel’s 8th generation Whiskey Lake series of processors with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard SSD storage. If you’re into more graphics intensive tasks like gaming or photo/video editing, you can even pick up the optional variant with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU.
The display is a 13.3-inch panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels which translates to 2K, with support for touch input as well. Huawei claims up to 10 hours of battery life on the Matebook 13 which is powered by a 41.7Wh battery pack. For security, there is a fingerprint scanner built into the power button. Talking about I/O, the Matebook 13, unfortunately, does away with conventional USB-A ports in favor of 2 USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack, similar to the config on the MacBook Air. However, unlike the MacBook Air, the Matebook 13 is not compatible with Thunderbolt 3 meaning you cannot attach external GPUs.
The Huawei Matebook 13 will go up on sale starting later this month for $999 in Mystic Silver with the CPU being Core i5 8265U. You can also pick up one up in a different paint job of Space Grey with the Core i7 8565U along with the Nvidia GeForce MX150 for $1,299.
The entry-level variant of the Matebook 13 is priced $200 cheaper than the MacBook Air 2018 while offering a more powerful chip inside when compared to the fan-less one on the MacBook Air. The Air also doesn’t come with any dedicated GPU which means graphics-intensive tasks aren’t going to be as smooth.