For most people, the MacBook Air is the gold standard for laptops. It's sleek, powerful, and boasts a lot of storage despite its size. It's no wonder that Apple has had so much critical and commercial success since the first MacBook Air was released. But now, another technology company has stepped up to challenge this powerful laptop.
According to The Verge this past Monday, Huawei announced their newest laptop, the Matebook 13, at CES 2019. It fits right in with Huawei's existing laptops, the Matebook D, and the Matebook X Pro. That's because the 13 allows the user to have both a high-end design and features without having to pay a fortune.
Huawei revealed that their Matebook 13 contains a 3:2 aspect ratio display and a 13-inch screen size, along with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. It contains 8GB of RAM, as well as two USB-C ports. The left USB port is for charging and data transfer, whereas the right USB port has both data and DisplayPort support. In addition, the Matebook 13 has one feature seen on older Huawei laptops- fingerprint reader integrated power button- and has improved the keyboard webcam.
Furthermore, consumers have two options in the Matebook 13 when it comes to storage. There's the base model with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U Whiskey Lake processor, 256GB of storage, and integrated graphics. Then there is the i7-8565U model, which has both 512GB of storage and the Nvidia MX150 GPU.
While all of these features are clearly great and impressive, there's still some concern that the Matebook 13 may not actually match up to the Macbook Air, or any other laptop currently on the market, for that matter. Companies like Dell and Microsoft are also strong competitors when it comes to laptops, so it's not just Apple that Huawei needs to worry about. Yet, there's still plenty of hope that Huawei's newest offering will be successful. It just needs to have a strong battery life, perform well, and be easy to use in order to win consumers over.
Huawei's Matebook 13 is expected to be released in the United States on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2019 on multiple online and in-store retailers.