During MVC 2019, Huawei announced not one, but two new laptops for 2019: refresh Huawei MateBook Ks Pro and brand new Huawei MateBook 14. However, if you look at the specifications of the two laptops, they are almost identical – apart from some key differences.
Of course, these differences lead to some more important differences: price. Depending on what you are looking for from a luxury laptop, you might be able to reduce for some of the missing features or end up with serious spending.
Although all the prices we have available at the time of writing in euro, we expect these general differences in pricing among the models to be largely translated into different regions. So, here is an example for the brand new Huawei MateBook 14 and updated the MateBook Ks Pro for 2019th year.
Fortunately, this is probably the easiest part of this decision, because both laptops are almost identical in shape, size, look and feel. Both laptops come in your choice of "Mistic Silver" or "Space Grays" colors, both of which have aluminum shells.
However, while the MateBook Ks Pro is made of one piece of aluminum for each half of the chassis, the MateBook 14 base is divided between aluminum on the keyboard and less premium material for the baseplate. Similarly, the touchpad on the MateBook Ks Pro consists of glass, while the touchbook MateBook 14 is smooth with plastic.
Fortunately, both versions of the laptop have Huawei's fingerprint key.
It should be obvious that the MateBook 14 is thicker and heavier than two laptops, at 3.37 kilograms (1.53kg) and 0.63 inches (15.9mm). The MateBook Ks Pro, which is Huawei's premium premium laptop, has only 2.93 pounds (1.33kg) and 0.57 inches (14.6mm).
However, as you will soon find out, these differences will be almost negligible when you see what is inside these two laptops.
Looking at them in parallel, you may have trouble displaying the difference between the views of these two laptops. After all, they are both in the 3: 2 aspect ratio, have super-thin frames and offer touch controls (at the top, in the MateBook 14 case). But, there are mutual aspects for both, some that will affect your buying decision.
The Huawei MateBook 14 uses a sturdy 14-inch screen with a resolution of 2K (2,160 to 1,440) which is 185 pixels per inch (ppi). The screen gives up to 300 nighs of light, has a contrast ratio of 1,000: 1 and produces 100% sRGB color scales.
In the meantime, the MateBook Ks Pro screen remains largely unchanged compared to the previous year, a 13.9-inch panel with a resolution of 3K (3,000 to 2000) to 260 ppi. Everywhere around, this is a better screen than the MateBook 14 screen, with a deeper contrast ratio of 1,500: 1 and a larger 450-nite brightness, while the color scale is similar.
It's obviously clear what's the best here, but keep in mind exactly what you get from these enhanced visuals – and whether you need it at all.
Performance and battery life
Things become interesting here, as, among all the available configurations for both models, these laptops will ultimately offer approximately the same level of performance. This is because you can configure any laptop with the same parts inside.
Both notebooks start with the Intel Core i5-8265U processor of the 8th generation, 8GB of memory and the graphics processor Nvidia GeForce MKS250, while the MateBook 14 and MateBook Ks Pro start with 256GB and 512GB of SSD space.
From here, any laptop can be upgraded to include a Core i7-8565U processor and up to 16GB of memory. In addition, only the MateBook Ks Pro can be upgraded to as much as 1 TB of storage space.
So, it's safe to expect a similar performance level from both laptops. In fact, unless Huawei uses the MKS250 version with higher power in the MateBook Ks Pro, additional pixels on the screen will almost certainly present additional costs and reduce the efficiency of the GPU.
It is important to note, however, that the MateBook Ks Pro will be able to use these components more in one important way: connectivity. The MateBook 14 has one USB-C 3.1 port, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and an HDMI port.
All this contributes to the compatibility and versatility of the MateBook 14, but do not affect the power of the laptop as much as the ports of the MateBook Ks Pro can. This is due to Thunderbolt 3, currently the fastest USB-C port with data rates up to 40Gbps. Depending on the type of user, this speed can come at a nasty hand.
Otherwise, your experience using the similarly configured MateBook 14 and MateBook Ks Pro will most likely be much the same, except for fineness such as the sharpness of the screen and how quickly you can throw large files to the flash drive.
However, know that MateBook 14 is rated for 14 hours of battery life in general use, while the MateBook Ks Pro can only achieve 12 in comparison. Bearing in mind that both laptops have the same battery capacity, it can easily be added to the increased pixel density on the MateBook Ks Pro screen.
Although we only have prices in the European Union, these prices are quite indicative of how they will be set up around the world. (Unless the configuration changes drastically, which is unlikely.) Here's how to configure all configurations at the basic level:
- Huawei MateBook 14 ((i5 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD / MKS250): € 1,199
- Huawei MateBook 14 (i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / MKS250 / Touch): € 1,499
- Huawei MateBook Ks Pro (i5 / 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD / MKS250 / Touch): € 1,599
- Huawei MateBook Ks Pro (i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / MKS250 / Touch): € 1,999
If you look better, you will notice that you can get functionally the same laptop in the MateBook 14 as well as the MateBook Ks Pro for incredible 400 € less. You can also get most of the improved MateBook Ks Pro enhancements from the MateBook 14 – touchscreen.
Of course, you miss the Thunderbolt 3 connection and a massively sharp screen in both cases. But, you get up to two hours of battery life if you go with MateBook 14.
Take it out
Initially, it is easy to see the extreme similarities in two new Huawei laptops that may be uninspired and cynical. After all, some companies known for products with all aluminum are also known for their deliberately mixing their customers in buying things they do not need.
But, here, Huawei allows users to save money on features or sweets that they do not need or even want to get the same power on their computer as the one offered by their top-notebook.
So, if you do not notice that you use Thunderbolt 3 ports or piles of SSD space a lot, or you do not need a very sharp screen, then you will save a lot of money with the MateBook 14 and have a much the same experience. If you need any of these features, then it will cost you.