Falling in line with the company’s recent efforts to make a name for itself in the laptop space, Huawei today unveiled its new MateBook 13 laptop which takes direct aim at a certain fruit-branded computer with a similar slim form factor, more powerful specs, and a cheaper starting price.
If that wasn’t immediately obvious, the MateBook 13 wants to gain some of the market share swamped by the Apple MacBook Air. In order to do so, Huawei built some fine-looking specs into the aluminum machine that only weighs under three pounds.
For starters, it comes with a 13-inch 2160×1440 3:2 touchscreen with a max brightness of 300 nits. The bezels surrounding the screen measure in at just 4.4mm, making the display much more immersive and providing users with a laptop similar to the size of a 12-inch machine.
Under the hood, Huawei includes an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 Whiskey Lake processor with either Intel UHD Graphics 620 or Nvidia’s discrete GeForce MX 150. There’s also 8GB of memory onboard, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
As for audio, there’s a headphone jack (thank God) alongside Dolby Atmos output. For I/O, we’re looking at two USB-C ports which, while isn’t much, should be enough to get the job done. After all, you get a MateDock in the box which provides a wider array of ports.
Finally, for the battery, Huawei packs a 41.7 Wh cell in the MateBook 13 which the company rates for up to 10 hours of video playback. Of course, we’ll have to test this claim once we get to spend some time with the machine so stay tuned.
As previously mentioned, Huawei will be selling the MateBook 13 for $999 with an i5 and the Intel UHD graphics. For $1,299, you get an i7 with the Nvidia graphics. Both models will launch in the U.S. on January 29th at Amazon and Newegg. Other tech retail outlets will sell the device next month.