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BREAKING NEWS: Huawei To Move Into OZ Notebook Market With MateBook X Pro

As tipped by ChannelNews, Huawei is finally going to release their stylish MateBook X Pro notebook in Australia.

At an event in Sydney last night, the Chinese Company showed off the only MateBook X Pro in the Country, available in both i5 and i7 the model that we were able to get a fist look at last night was the i5 model which is set to be sold by both JB Hi Fi and Harvey Norman and we believe Kogan who has also scored a guernsey as an official partner of Huawei for their new Mate 20 smartphone.

In Australia the MateBook X Pro will be available in two main configurations. Stylish this device is set to go up against the Microsoft Surface, Lenovo Yoga and the Acer Spin notebooks.

The launch of this device is the first att3empt by Huawei to break into the super-competitive Ultrabook market. Samsung has attempted in the past and failed.

At last night’s event Huewei executives told ChannelNews that their primary objective is to try and entice buyers away from the more established Surface Pro Apple MacBook Pro Dell XPS 13 using a combination of top-notch hardware and innovative design features that, on paper at least, make it look like the perfect top-end Ultrabook.

Until we get our hands on one of these devices we will not know whether it passes muster in what is a brutally competitive market.

Overseas the device has scored both good and bad reviews.

From what I saw last night and for the most part, the MateBook X Pro delivers on its opening promise, it looks good feels good and is very light, even the display looked good. The unibody metal design has what feels like a premium sandblasted finish the diamond-cut edges make the device look premium, but the issue is does it perform?

The premium feel is enhanced by a ludicrously thin 4.4mm bezel.

You can see that Huawei has taken elements from competing devices – such as the near-bezel-less Dell XPS, and sleek metallic Apple MacBook – and combined them to create a product that they are confident will sell in Australia.

There is also a full-size USB-A port on the notebooks side and considering that it only has a 4.9-14.6mm-thick body this is quite an achievement.

One weakness is that there is no microSD card slot, which means that when one is covering a show like CES and you want to shift images over quickly you are going to have to attach an external device or look for bandwidth.

Also built in is fingerprint scanner that’s built into the power button. T

A front camera built into the notebooks keyboard pops up when pressed, overseas reviewers have had problems with the concept.

Huawei is touting the MateBook X Pro’s display as a key selling point; the bezel is tiny however the 3000 x 2000 resolution does deliver a beautifully sharp 4K image.

The 1500:1 contrast ratio is also impressive. What we don’t’ know at this stage is the price in Australia.