Huawei has launched its new line of laptops in SA – and they’re pretty cheap

Business Insider SA
  • Smartphone behemoth Huawei also makes laptops, and they're surprisingly afforable.
  • The company recently launched its Matebook D series in South Africa. Both models will set you back R13,500.
  • The D series is pitched as a work-from-home solution, for consumers who need a bit more power than a tablet.
  • They won't run the newest games, though.
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Best known for its smartphones, Huawei recently launched its new range of laptops in South Africa, as the manufacturer is continuing its push into other hardware.

The Matebook D series laptops are solidly mid-range but come at a very decent price. Both the D14 and D15 cost R13,500. The models are virtually identical except for screen and battery size. The D14 has a 14-inch screen and, true to the name, the D15 has a 15-inch screen.

The price puts the Matebook series squarely in the range of the Acer Aspire 5, and the Asus Vivobook S.

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The laptops are small, and sleek.  They're running AMD's laptop-class Ryzen 5 3500u processor, with a Radeon Vega 8 graphics card. Thankfully, the laptops come standard with a 250GB SSD. They're also running 8GB of DDR4 memory.

The Matebook D series is not designed to run the newest games, or perform heavy-duty processing work. Rather, the range is designed as a small and light laptop for consumers who want something as convenient as a tablet, but with enough horsepower to do work. Not surprisingly, Huawei is pitching the Matebook series as a work-from-home solution.

Given the US government's ban on commercial agreements between American companies and Huawei last year, some popular Android applications such as Facebook or Twitter may not feature on their phones. But the laptops come with Windows 10, and not a custom operating system.

Screenwise, the Matebook series can display HD at 1920x1080 resolution. Huawei is promising up to 9.5 hours of battery life on the D14, and up to 6.3 hours on the D15, which has a bigger screen but smaller battery. Both versions come with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.

(Compiled by Edward-John Bottomley)

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