Huawei has introduced ultrabooks into its Honor line. The foundational laptop – the Honor MagicBook – appears to get some inspiration from the MacBook Air and comes with aluminum body measures 15.8mm thick and weighs 1.47 kg. Not too bad for an ‘affordable’ 14” laptop.
The screen (fixed in the body of a 13” laptop) is a matte IPS panel with 1080p resolution and 45% coverage of the NTSC color space. It promises 800:1 contrast and 250 nits of brightness.
The MagicBook comes with 8th generation Intel processors – an i5-8250u version and one with i7-8550u, both packed with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD (SATA). Both versions are coupled with a Nvidia MX150 dedicated GPU (with 2 GB GDDR5 dedicated memory).
The CPU and GPU share a single fan via heat pipes. The fan sucks in cool air from three vents and blows out the hot air. Inside is a fairly large 57.4 Wh battery, which should be enough for 12 hours of use. It’s charged via USB-C – from 0% to 70% in an hour.
As far as USB is concerned, there’s also one USB-A 3.0 and a USB-A 2.0, an HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack. You may not need cables at all as the Magic-Link app will transfer files between your Huawei phone and the laptop.
The i5 model starts at CNY 5,000 ($800/€645), the i7 model is CNY 5,700 ($910/€735). It will launch in China first, it’s not clear if it will go global.
The Honor MagicBook Key Specifications
- Name: Honor MagicBooK
- CPU: Model 8th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5-8250U Processor
- CPU: core quad core
- Display Size: 14 inches
- Resolution: 1920×1080 (FHD)
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage capacity: 256GB
- Battery capacity: 57.4Wh
- Availability: April 2018