Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 Review: 11th Generation Processor, 3K Display Screen

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With its stylish and thin shape, as well as many hardware and software features designed for business offices, the Huawei MateBook X Pro series has always been a must-have product for business travel. In addition to the regular performance upgrades, Huawei MateBook X Pro can always give users new surprises in software interaction every time it is updated. It goes a step further in smart experience, bringing people’s traditional perception of notebook office work time and time again.

With the advent of 2021, Huawei MateBook X Pro has also reached the annual renewal season, and people are also quite curious about what “more than this” improvement it will have. Finally, on January 17, 2021, we waited for the release of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021.

In the core configuration, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 model received the blessing of Intel’s 11th generation CoreTM processor. Although it is a low-power version, this generation has a significant improvement in single-core performance and core display performance. The daily program experience and image performance are all brand new.

Also, this time, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is equipped with LPDDR4 4266MHz top-of-the-line memory, which can better display the core display’s performance. As a flagship thin and light notebook, it leaves no regrets on the core configuration.

As the most perceptive part of the thin and light notebook, the screen naturally cannot fall. Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is still equipped with a classic 3: 2 screen. This screen has a resolution of 3000×2000, a colour gamut coverage of 100% sRGB, a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and supports up to ten touch points. The screen quality is also among the best in notebooks. The ratio of 3:2 can display more vertical content, which is more suitable for text editing and reading. A thin and light notebook for positioning business can be said to have a natural advantage.

In addition to the configuration, the most distinctive feature of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is the various smart experience functions. And to talk about these functions, naturally, I have to mention the signature-multi-screen collaboration. At the beginning of its birth, it was amazing with cross-screen projection and control. Last year, multi-screen collaboration added cross-device file management, editing, and interaction, which greatly increased this function’s usefulness.

This time, cross-screen collaboration has been upgraded again, and it has been upgraded to multi-task parallel based on the original single-screen mirroring. It greatly improves the multitasking ability of mobile phone projection, supports opening up to 3 mobile applications simultaneously, without having to switch between different devices, but can focus on a single screen to maximize the efficiency of work.

In other respects, the unique features of Huawei MateBook X Pro are also retained in this generation. Such as hidden camera, fingerprint power button, three-finger underwriting screenshot text recognition, etc., can bring a lot of help to daily work.

Design & Appearance

In terms of packaging, Huawei MateBook X Pro is consistent with the series. The white packaging design is straightforward, with only the product name and LOGO printed.

The configuration details of the machine are printed on the label of the box. The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 processor we got this time is i7-1165G7, the integrated core is the new architecture Iris® Xe, the memory is 16GB, with 512GB SSD storage, and the colour is Haoyue Silver.

Taking out the machine body, the colour matching of Haoyue silver + surface matte treatment makes the body of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 quite textured. The A-side has only the HUAWEI LOGO logo, which is simple and very business-like.

Side B, Huawei MateBook X Pro’s iconic 3: 2 full screen with narrow bezels on all sides. The one-piece mirror design makes the B side more integrated when the screen is off. Simultaneously, the 3K resolution and 100% sRGB colour gamut screen parameters also make this screen more delicate in daily use.

The keyboard of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is a full-size keyboard with moderate key travel and rapid rebound. Openings are reserved on both sides of the keyboard for both air intake and sound transmission. After all, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 has a total of 4 built-in speakers, which can produce a more vivid stereo effect, which cannot be missed. In the upper right corner of the C side, the integrated fingerprint power button can wake up and start up while unlocking.

Hidden push-type camera, you can hide the keyboard when not in use, you can better protect privacy, and there is no need to open holes to affect the notebook’s overall beauty.

The large-area touchpad also has the function of sharing and connecting with Huawei. When you need to use multi-screen collaboration, you can directly put the phone on the touchpad. The front of the touchpad is slightly narrowed, and dual microphones are designed here.

In terms of interfaces, because the thin and light design limits the interface space, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 only provides one 3.5mm headphone jack, one USB 3.0 interface and two USB-C interfaces with a transmission bandwidth of up to 40Gbps. The power supply will occupy one USB-C interface in normal use, and the remaining one USB 3.0 and one USB-C interfaces. If necessary, you can use the docking station to meet the needs of peripheral access.

At the bottom, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 has long openings on both sides, taking into account the two functions of speaker sound transmission and air outlet.

The power adapter of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is very compact. It adopts PD protocol and has a maximum output power of 65W. It is compatible with the fast charging of some mobile phones with the included double C port cable.

Disassembly

Disassembling the back cover of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021, the first thing to bring to your eyes is a whole VC soaking plate. Then all the interfaces are reinforced with metal cards. This kind of artistry can only be seen in flagship thin and light notebooks, which can better ensure the internal structure’s stability when encountering bumps.

Unlike ordinary notebooks in terms of heat conduction + heat dissipation, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 introduces soaking heat into the heat dissipation process. First, use a whole heat plate to disperse the heat into the entire notebook cavity quickly and then slowly take away the heat by the airflow of the air duct. This can absorb a large amount of heat generated when the processor suddenly enters a heavy task to the greatest extent.

On both sides of the battery, two speakers are arranged on each side. Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 has four speakers, and they work together to produce a more vivid stereo effect. The solid-state model is Kioxia KXG60ZNV512.

Generally speaking, as Huawei’s flagship light and thin notebook each year, the internal artistry of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 really matches its flagship name. The interior feels lovely at first glance, and each port is also equipped with reinforcement, highlighting the pursuit of quality.

Hardware & Performance

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is upgraded to the 11th generation CoreTM processor in terms of core configuration. Based on the excellent energy efficiency ratio brought by the 10nm process, the single-core performance has been further enhanced, which can make daily programs more responsive. Rapid.

CPU Performance Test

In the chess benchmark test, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro 2021 i7-1165G7 scored 12376 thousand steps per second, a relative performance multiple of 25.78.

CineBench R20

In CineBench R20, i7-1165G7 scored 510 points for single-core and 1686 points for multi-core.

Although the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 has stringent power consumption limits for the i7-1165G7 under the skinny and light design, it still has a certain improvement compared with the previous generation. Compared with the 2020 model equipped with the 10th generation CoreTM, the single-core performance is improved by at least 30%, and the multi-core performance is also enhanced by 20%. The improvement in single-core is pronounced, improving the response speed when using daily programs.

Image performance test

Another major improvement of the i7-1165G7 equipped with Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is that its core display has a huge performance upgrade. The graphics processing performance of the integrated display configuration is increased by 261% compared with the previous generation, comparable to the independent display MX350. Meet daily audio and video entertainment needs.

3DMark

In the Fire Strike test of 3DMark, the Iris Xe core of the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 model showed a graphics score of 4620 points under the premise of not full blood with the common Iris Plus G7 core of last year. The increase is as high as 60%.

Disk performance test

The solid-state memory model is KIOXIA’s KXG60ZNV512, with a continuous read speed of 3265MB/s and a continuous write speed of 2934MB/s. The 4K random read speed is up to 52.70MB/s, and the random write speed is 207MB/s.

Memory speed test

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is equipped with onboard 16GB LPDDR4 4266MHz dual-channel memory. The test read speed can reach 61475MB/s, write speed 66385MB/s, copy speed 64774MB/s, and delay 103.4ns.

Screen quality

The screen colour gamut covers 95% sRGB, which is a 100% sRGB standard screen. The gamma value of the screen is 2.3. The maximum brightness reached 501.9nit, and the contrast ratio reached 1250:1.

In the colour accuracy test, the colour difference of the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 model is only 1.82, which is an excellent level that can be used in professional graphics.

An endurance test

The battery of Huawei MateBook X Pro is the only 56Wh, but the battery life is amazing. In the modern office test mode of PCMark10, long battery life of up to 11 hours and 22 minutes can be achieved with only a 56Wh battery. It seems that although the battery is small, as long as the scheduling is appropriate, Huawei’s self-developed intelligent power-saving management, intelligent process management, and background idle process freezing, intelligently judge user usage patterns through big data and automatically adjust resource allocation to achieve intelligent power saving, Can still have a good endurance performance.

Bake machine test

Using the AIDA64 system stability test single-baked CPU, in the beginning, the CPU will enter an instantaneous turbo frequency of up to 40W, and then gradually reduce to 17W for stable operation. In the baking machine, the CPU temperature is 64°C, and the full core frequency is 2.4GHz.

Cross-screen collaborative experience

We are all familiar with Huawei’s multi-screen collaboration. It is not a simple screen projection, but a close connection between two devices no matter at the hardware or software level.

For example, let the speaker, camera, microphone, and mobile phone of the notebook share, directly realize the call to the notebook hardware when the mobile phone answers information; or allow the files in the two devices to be opened, modified and saved across devices at will. You can even directly open the mobile APP on your computer, use the keyboard to enter text, and enjoy a better text processing experience.

And this time, cross-screen collaboration has gone a step further. The multi-tasking of mobile phones has been greatly enhanced. It is no longer limited to a single-window but can open three mobile applications simultaneously so that the efficiency of multi-screen office is further improved. Parallel processing has also increased efficiency by more than 3 times.

At present, cross-screen collaboration can run up to three windows at the same time, so you can easily realize complex operations such as watching the news, browsing Taobao, and typing documents on the laptop side, and there is no need to worry about obvious delays or loss of image quality. . Compared with the PC window, the information density of the mobile APP window is greatly improved, and more content can be displayed in a smaller space. The three windows bring more than 3 times the information acquisition and enable more convenient operation with the help of notebook hardware devices, and the efficiency improvement cannot be underestimated. The transmission speed is about 43MB/s

Cross-screen collaboration can also freely view the document files of other devices. When you need, you can drag and transfer files or choose to open and edit directly. The transmission speed is breakneck, and direct editing can also automatically save the original file changes at the original location.

The task renewal function can help us better utilize the hardware advantages of large-screen devices at home. Use the mobile phone to play the video, and then touch the touchpad area of ​​Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021. You can automatically make the video play on the computer immediately following the previous progress.

In general, the upgraded cross-screen collaboration puts more emphasis on the improvement of work efficiency. Users don’t have to switch between different screens and waste time. Instead, they can focus on the high-quality 3K screen of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021, and they can control multiple devices at will, which is more in line with Huawei. The positioning of MateBook X Pro 2021 for its own business office.

Other functional experience

The 3K screen of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 supports up to ten-finger touch. Therefore, in addition to directly dragging files and reading documents with your fingers as a tablet, Huawei has also designed a shortcut function like a three-finger underwriting screenshot.

After using the three-finger underdraw to take a screenshot and directly delimiting the scope, the system will also use OCR text recognition to display the text information in the screenshot in the form of text taking the screenshot. OCR recognition can save a lot of effort when encountering text research work such as research literature.

In addition, the unique 3:2 ratio design of the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 screen is also a major feature of it. Compared with common 16:9 widescreen notebooks, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 will have a larger display area in the vertical direction. Therefore, whether it is document editing or web page text reading, it can display more content. For text-related users, the 3:2 screen is also handier.

The fingerprint power button two-in-one setting is also very convenient. You can complete the identity authentication and unlocking while lighting the screen. You can experience the convenience of this design when you wake up the computer daily.

In addition to new features, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 also has some new software worth checking out. For example, the Huawei App Market saves users the trouble of searching and downloading, and reduces the risk of users being bundled to install “Family Bucket”. Commonly used software such as QQ and WeChat can be found in the PC end of the Huawei application market for pure and fast downloads.

The function of Huawei Cloud Space is firmly bound to the mobile phone. Not only provides storage, but also provides security functions such as finding devices and logging in records.

It is worth mentioning that cloud space can also be directly displayed in My Computer’s sidebar in the form of disk mapping. Daily restoration/backup files can also be operated in the form of a file explorer we are more familiar with.

Huawei Computer Manager’s interface is more concise, and the PC-side trigger switch for multi-screen collaboration is also set here. Besides, there are system maintenance functions, such as driver management and power management.

Huawei Computer Manager also has a handy taskbar control, which provides shortcut functions such as message notification, resource monitoring, and various gadgets and can be combined with multi-screen collaboration to display recent documents and recent clipboards. Can not find the file transfer location, or the cut password is lost, you can make up for it here.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 comes with its own Huawei browser. After logging in to your Huawei account, you can synchronize Huawei notebooks, mobile phones, and tablets across devices and browse freely. Also, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 upgrade is equipped with the Huawei App Market. Users can download, install and manage third-party applications through the Huawei App Market, and enjoy the full-scene cross-end application experience.

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Verdict

Regardless of the appearance design or the internal function settings, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 can be said to be designed for the business office.

In terms of appearance, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 has a small and exquisite figure that makes it easy to carry around. The thickness of 14.6mm and a weight of 1.33 kg will not bring any burden to travel. The use of CNC drilling and cutting technology to shape, coupled with the surface precision ceramic sandblasting, has a texture that can be called a handicraft no matter the feel or the shape.

On this basis, it has a full-size keyboard and a 3:2 3K full screen, which can provide the best user experience in terms of text input and visual perception. With Wi-Fi 6 network card, dual 40Gbps USB-C ports, and the 11th generation CoreTM processor and Iris Xe core display performance improvement, the performance is more than enough for daily needs, and even some light games are not a problem.

The biggest competitiveness of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is naturally reflected in the aspect of smart interaction. For example, cross-screen collaboration breaks the boundaries between devices, so that mobile phones and notebooks are closely connected in software and hardware. Files are dragged and transferred at high speed. Audio calls can also directly call the notebook’s proactive hardware and Huawei Cloud Space, Huawei The convenience brought by the computer butler and Huawei browser, etc., allow users to appreciate the experience advantages brought by the smart office fully. Make your daily work more efficient.

For business people or users who do not have heavy performance requirements such as games and rendering, Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is a flagship lightweight notebook with an excellent comprehensive experience, and smart functions cross-screen collaboration that is difficult to recover. Can definitely attract your attention.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 and Huawei MateBook 13/14 2021 will be available for pre-sale at Huawei Mall, JD.com, Tmall Huawei official flagship store and offline retail stores at 16:08 on January 17, 2021, January 2021 The sale will be officially launched at 00:00 on the 20th. You can get a deposit of 100 yuan to 200 yuan during the pre-sale period, and you will get a Huawei docking station or Huawei Bluetooth mouse as a gift.

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  1. great, but where on earth can i buy it, it is februari now but still cant find this huawei mateboook x pro 2021 anywhere

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