It seems nowadays bezels are slowing fading from existence. In return, we get nearly edge-to-edge screens that look like giant slabs of display atop a metal or glass body. This is the case when talking about Huawei’s new laptop they just unveiled at MWC 2018. Called the MateBook X Pro, this laptop has some of the smallest display bezels in the business, with Huawei claiming it offers a 91% screen to body ratio which is simply staggering.
The whole 13.9-inch display is also a touchscreen, despite being insanely thin. It features a resolution of 3000×2000 and a 3:2 aspect ratio. In the photos the company provides, Huawei’s newest laptop looks simply beautiful in all its thin-bezel glory.
Of course, with near non-existent bezels, you get less room to fit important sensors above or below the screen itself. Normally, manufacturers will pack things like the webcam in these areas, but on the MateBook X Pro, there’s no room. So what does Huawei do? They build the camera into a key on the keyboard. Pressing the key, found in the Function row, will spring to life the webcam in the most awkward of positions. I’m not sure how much of your nose folks on the other side of a video chat will see, but my bet would be a lot.
The good news is people won’t be able to spy on you secretly through your webcam since, most of the time, it’ll be hidden inside your keyboard. But other than that, I wouldn’t expect much from the shooter.
Display and webcam aside, the MateBook X Pro packs all the specs you’d expect to see in a high-end Windows laptop in 2018. You’re getting an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage. Huawei also offers a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics chip if you plan to use the laptop for heavier tasks.
Additionally, the company packs up to 15 hours of battery life in the machine which, mind you, can only be proven by real-world usage; there’s a USB-A port, two USB-C ports, and a headphone jack; 360-degree microphones; Dolby Atmos sound; and a build that measures in at 14.6mm thin and 1.33 kg heavy.
Huawei says they’ll launch the MateBook X Pro in the spring. We don’t know how much it’ll cost yet so stay tuned.