Back in May, Huawei announced a total of three different MateBooks: the MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D. Though that announcement served as the global launch for these notebooks, consumers in South Africa were left waiting on availability and pricing for our region. Those details finally came down the pipeline on Firday, so if you’ve been waiting to pick up one of these MateBooks, you are now able to do just that.
While all of these MateBooks target different consumer segments, they seem to be geared toward competing with the MacBook and the new Surface Laptop. That’s especially true in the case of the MateBook X, which serves as this trio’s top-of-the-line offering. Back when these were first announced, Huawei was big on talking up the screen-to-body ratio for all of them. Each notebook was able to put up an impressive number, but in the MateBook X, the screen-to-body ratio clocks in at an impressive 88%.
Add to that a 13-inch display at 2160 x 1440 resolution, a Dolby Atmos surround system, and the option for either a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor, and it becomes even more clear who the target audience is. Customisation options include variable SSD storage and 4 or 8GB of RAM, though the one downside is that you’re stuck using integrated graphics. If you need a notebook that can be your workhorse, however, it sounds like the MateBook X is the one for you.
Though the MateBook X is clearly the star of this show, the other two notebooks shouldn’t be brushed to the side. In the MateBook E, we have a detachable 2-in-1 Surface Pro competitor that ships with a folio keyboard and is compatible with Huawei’s own MateBook Pen. Though the MateBook D is the least expensive of the three, it’s not available in Mzansi.
The MateBook E once again hits that mid-tier price range. Then we arrive at the MateBook X, which has two configurations of its own that will set you back between R23 000 and R25 000. The MateBook X is available in Space Gray, while the MateBook E is only available in Titanium Gray.