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Huawei MateBooks 2017 compared: MateBook D vs E vs X

Huawei has launched three new MateBook notebooks for 2017, covering a range of specs and features to take on the likes of Microsoft’s Surface devices and the iPad Pro. Here’s our full MateBook D vs MateBook E vs Matebook X comparison, so you know which Huawei machine might be best for you.

From the premium MateBook X to the more wallet-friendly MateBook D, Huawei’s latest Windows notebooks are designed to keep you productive on the move. Packing Intel performance, HD visuals, Dolby Atmos audio and smart Huawei features, these machines are definite rivals to Apple’s iPad Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.

Of course, these three new MateBook devices each pack three different SKUs, giving a grand total of nine possible configurations. And while the 2017 Huawei MateBooks begin at €799, the asking price rises up to €1699 if you want the most premium model.

So which new machine is best for you? Let’s take a look at the different options.

Huawei MateBook D vs E vs X: Specs at a glance

MateBook MateBook D MateBook E MateBook X
Screen size

15.6-inches

12-inches 13-inches
Screen resolution 1920×1080 2160×1440 2160×1440
Audio Dolby Atmos Dolby Audio Premium Dolby Atmos
Fingerprint sensor? No No Yes
MatePen support? No Yes No
Ports 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, HDMI 1xUSB Type-C 2xUSB Type-C
Weight 1.9kg 1.1kg with keyboard 1.05kg
Camera 1MP (Front) 5MP (Front) 1MP (Front)
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7 Intel Core m3-7Y30 or i5-7Y54 Intel Core i5-7200U or i7-7500U
Memory 8GB 4/8GB 8GB
Battery 3800mAh 4430mAh 5450mAh
Storage 1TB HDD, optional 128GB SSD 128/256GB SSD 256/512GB SSD
Bluetooth 4.1 4.1 4.1

Huawei MateBook D vs E vs X: Design

Although they share the MateBook moniker, these three new 2017 models sport quite different designs. Or rather, two are similarly constructed while the third offers a completely different form factor.

The Huawei MateBook D and X are both traditional laptops, with a screen that flips open in a clamshell fashion. You can see these in the left side of the photo below. The MateBook D is actually the larger model, with a 15.6-inch display compared with the X’s 13-inch screen. If it’s portability you’re after, the D will likely rule itself out already thanks to its 1.9kg weight.

By comparison, the MateBook E is a completely different machine. This middle-ground machine is actually more similar to the Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro, as it’s really a tablet that converts into a notebook via the Folio Keyboard. The fold-out hinge can be used to prop the screen at almost any angle, while the keyboard can fold away if you wish to use the MateBook like a tablet device.

Check out our MateBook E vs New Surface Pro vs iPad Pro vs Galaxy Tab S3 comparison to see how Huawei’s device compares with the best 2-in-1 convertibles around.

Huawei MateBook D vs E vs X: Screen and media

The MateBook E and MateBook X are the best devices in Huawei’s new range if you’re after crisp, detail-packed images. Sporting a Quad HD resolution screen, you can expect perfectly sharp visuals. They boast an improved 1000:1 contrast ratio compared with the MateBook D’s 800:1 panel, which also drops the resolution to Full HD.

The more cash you splash out, the better the colour reproduction too. The MateBook X offers incredibly accurate hues, although the other MateBooks make a commendable effort too. As for brightness levels, the MateBook E is the winner with a max output of 400 nits. Meanwhile the MateBook X can put out 350 nits and the D is capable of just 250 nits.

As for audio, the MateBook D and X both blast Dolby Atmos at your face. This offers a funky surround-sound aural experience. However, the MateBook E isn’t capable of such audio prowess thanks to its different design. In this case, you just get standard ‘Dolby Audio Premium’.

You get a choice of storage with each model, to further complicate matters. The MateBook D comes with a 1TB hard disk drive as standard but can also have a 128GB SSD added for €100. The MateBook E and X have an SSD as the main drive, with the X offering up to 512GB of space and the E coming in 128GB or 256GB flavours.

Huawei MateBook D vs E vs X: Features

The MateBook X is the only model here to come with a fingerprint sensor, for fast and secure unlocking to your desktops. With Huawei’s other devices, you’ll have to rely on passwords and other traditional methods.

If you want more precise input, the MateBook E is your best bet. This is the only new MateBook to rock a touchscreen panel, so you can poke and swipe your way through apps, menus, webpages and the rest. You also get the option of purchasing Huawei’s MatePen stylus, for scribbling notes or getting creative.

Huawei MateBook D vs E vs X: Performance

If you’re after raw power, the MateBook X and D are the machines to check out. You get a choice of Intel’s 7th-gen Core i7 or i5 processors, backed by 8GB of RAM, while the MateBook D also boasts an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB GDDR5 video RAM. The MateBook X sports a fanless cooling design, so operation should be quieter, although there’s no option for dedicated graphics.

The MateBook E comes in m3 or i5 flavours and a choice of 4GB or 8GB of RAM.

Huawei Matebook D, E and X UK price and release date

All three of the new MateBook machines will be available to buy in the UK from Summer 2017. An exact release date is yet to be revealed.

As for pricing, that depends on your chosen model. However, the handy table below shows what you can expect to pay in Euros. Again, exact UK pricing should be revealed soon.

Stay tuned for our full reviews of these new MateBook devices.

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