For obvious reasons, we were most interested in the premiere of Honor 10 today, but Honor 10 was not the only device shown by Honor. It was joined by the first representative of the new notebook line, The Honor MagicBook. It should also be noted that Honor’s parent brand Huawei also sells Laptops under the Huawei ‘MateBook’ moniker.
Huawei clearly sharpens claws on the notebook market. With the Honor MagicBook, Honor is jumping into a new device segment carrying the same philosophy that the company is guided by when designing smartphones. Namely, it is about providing the best possible equipment, with the best possible possibilities, at the least demanding price.
So let’s look at the Honor laptop. The casing is made of metal, and yet the laptop is not overly heavy. It weighs only 1.47 kg. At the thickest point, the MagicBook measures 15.8 mm, while the thinnest is 9.6 mm. As for the ports, we have 2 USB slots, 1 USB type C socket, and full-size HDMI, 3.5mm Audio jack. The MagicBook will be available in three colors: Silver, Gray, and Purple.
The bezels on the Honor Magic have been narrowed down to 5.2 mm, and the display itself has a diagonal of 14 inches and shows the picture in Full HD. The die hinges have their limits, but you can easily unhook them up to 180º.
The MagicBook has a full-sized keyboard with 1.3 mm pitch keys. Its backlight can be adjusted according to the conditions thanks to three-step adjustment. The power button has a fingerprint reader installed which is kind of cool.
As for the power goes, under the hood, you will find Intel’s eighth generation processors. The highest variant is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U, made in the 14 nm process.
For this, we have a full-blood NVIDIA MX150 graphics card with a fast 2GB GDDR5 memory. It is said that its performance is 40% higher than the previous generation.
This is quite a nice specification, but interestingly, Honor does not focus on it at all. However, the company emphasizes the long battery time of the MagicBook. The equipment is equipped with a 57 Wh battery, which is enough for 12 hours of watching movies in Full HD or 12 hours of work on documents or websites.
Another issue that was devoted to the time of the conference was the quality of the audio. The laptop is equipped with four speakers supporting the Dolby Sound system.
A unique feature of MagicBook is the mode of connection with a smartphone, called Magic-Link. After pairing devices, you can make a quick media backup or transfer files via the Huawei Share program.
Advance sale of the first Honor notebook has already started, and the laptop will hit stores on April 23. It is not known if MagicBook will be available in the US or other parts of the world. For now, we can provide prices of two announced configurations, expressed in yuan:
- model with Intel Core i5 / NVIDIA MX 150/8 GB RAM / 256 SSD for 4999 yuan (~ $795),
- model with Intel Core i7 / NVIDIA MX 150/8 GB RAM / 256 SSD for 5699 yuan (~ $906).
It is interesting that Honor is taking on the notebook market. Especially the price of the Intel Core i5 processor is encouraging. I wonder how this equipment will be adopted in the Far East. If all goes well, next year we will be able to wait for the successor of the MagicBook.