HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) Review — the result of lofty ambitions

Vyncent Chan
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HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) Review — the result of lofty ambitions
  • Appearance - 8.7/10
    8.7/10
  • Efficiency - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Materials - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Performance - 7/10
    7/10
  • Portability - 8.7/10
    8.7/10
  • User Experience - 7.7/10
    7.7/10
  • Value - 5/10
    5/10

Summary

The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is a really premium laptop, but it isn’t without some major shortcomings.

Overall
7.8/10
7.8/10

Pros

+ Emerald Green finish is refreshing in a sea of monochrome laptops
+ High screen-to-body ratio makes for a very small footprint for a 13.9″ laptop
+ Light and compact
+ The PCIe NVMe storage here is really nippy
+ Excellent battery life
+ The screen here is a spectacular specimen of a display
+ Keyboard offers nice tactile feedback
+ Inclusion of USB-A port is a godsend

Cons

– Runs hot and throttles hard
– Surface temperatures are quite unacceptable
– Trackpad’s palm rejection is non-existent and doesn’t work well with two fingers
– Premium price tag is not doing it any favors

For a smartphone manufacturer, HUAWEI is definitely pushing pretty hard on the laptop front as well. While their laptops feature one main advantage which is the HUAWEI Share feature that allows them to sync easily with supported HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones, that didn’t stop them from putting out some really impressive looking laptops. The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is one of them.

This is the latest iteration of the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, with the earlier models offered with the 8th Gen Intel Core processors. This time around we get the 10th Gen Intel Core processors. While the hardware has changed under the hood, on the outside, it is still just as thin and light. It also touts a 3:2 aspect ratio for its display, setting it apart from the average 14″ laptop in the market. But is the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) any good? Well, read on to find out.

Unboxing

HUAWEI went with a rather interesting combination for the packaging. You get a brown cardboard box on the outside, but inside comes the laptop in a premium white box. We have already done an unboxing video of the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020), but if you want a closer look at the items you get in the box, you can check out the image below.

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Our package here is short of the MateDock 2 dongle which is a hub to expand a USB-C port into HDMI, VGA, USB-C and USB-A ports, as well as some documentation. The charger here outputs 65W via USB-PD to the laptop, but you can also use it to charge your smartphones via USB-C, letting you carry just one power adapter for both your laptop and smartphone during your travels. Pretty nifty.

Appearance

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HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) Review — the result of lofty ambitions 7

We received the Emerald Green variant of the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. It’s a pretty subtle shade of green, and you might even mistake it for a dark blue hue at a glance. Gone is the HUAWEI flower emblem, as HUAWEI has decided to adopt a more minimal-looking text-only logo on the lid. I do like it, as it looks quite a bit more premium than its predecessors.

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HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) Review — the result of lofty ambitions 8

Lifting the lid, you can see that the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) sports very minimal bezels. HUAWEI claims a screen-to-body ratio of 91%, which isn’t too hard to believe one you look at this. HUAWEI went with a very minimalistic design, opting for smooth sandblasted metal all over, befitting its status as a premium ultraportable laptop. The screen is covered with a sheet of glass, and support touch input too, which is a nice touch.

One issue I have with this design is that there aren’t any rubber protection to prevent the glass from directly contacting the metal palm rests. That might lead to scratches on the display when particles gets trapped between the glass and palm rest, as there’s no gap between the glass and metal body. On the plus side, HUAWEI used magnets to allow for a solid closing experience, with a nice “tap” sound when you close the lid. They also tuned the resistance of the hinge to allow you to easily open the laptop with one hand, and yet doesn’t flop around when in use. Great job here.

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Over on the bottom we get no vents, unlike most mainstream laptops. HUAWEI went with a rather unique cooling design which we will get into later. There’s a NOT FOR SALE sticker on the bottom of our unit, as it is a review sample after all. You can also see the Windows and NVIDIA stickers placed on an easily removable sticker, just in case you want a cleaner looking laptop.

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro Specifications

CPU Intel Core i7-10510U @ 1.8 GHz (up to 4.9 GHz Boost), 4C/8T, 15W TDP, 14nm
RAM 16GB LPDDR3-2133, dual-channel (on-board)
GPU Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 2GB GDDR5
Storage 1TB Samsung PM981a 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD
Software Microsoft Windows 10 Home
GeForce Game Ready Driver 441.20
PC Manager
Connectivity Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (2×2 WiFi 5 up to 1.73 Gbps)
Bluetooth 5.0
1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, charging)
1 x USB-C (USB 3.1, DisplayPort, charging)
1 x USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Display 13.9″ 3K (3000 x 2000) LTPS panel, JDI LPM139M422, 100% sRGB, 450-nit brightness
USB-C supports DisplayPort Alt Mode
Audio Quad speaker
Quad microphone
1 x 3.5mm combo jack
Power 65W power adapter, USB-PD support
56 WHr Li-Po battery
Dimensions 304 x 217 x 14.6 mm
Weight 1.33 kg

Performance

Synthetic Benchmarks

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro CrystalDiskmark

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro CrystalDiskmark

The SSD in the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro serves up some really impressive numbers, with it being the OEM-variant of the pretty impressive Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSDs which are among the fastest PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs you can find in the market. There’s also 1TB of it, so you aren’t going to run out of space any time soon. The partitioning is really dumb though, with the C: drive limited to just 80GB, and the remainder in the D: partition. I have no idea why are they doing this, but it’s really annoying as you will have to consciously set every program to install in the D: drive or else you will fill up the C: drive before you finish installing your software.

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CPU performance is a pretty curious case, as the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro (2020) does show some impressive single-core performance, but multi-core performance is very poor even when compared to the last-gen Intel Core i5-8265U.