MacBook Air could soon be dramatically challenged by a new Huawei laptop

Apple’s MacBook Air received a long-awaited refresh last year and now features a Retina display, a revamped design and new internals.

The new MacBook Air retains the product line’s signature thin and lightweight design but is now available in more colours.

Apple’s hardware comes in space grey, gold and silver finishes.

The base-level model of the laptop arrives with a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

We loved the new MacBook Air at, awarding it five out of five stars in our review.

Technology Editor David Snelling said: “The MacBook Air is back and we’re happy to say it’s lost none of its charm.

“This hugely popular Mac has been brought back to life with a stunning new lightweight design, improved Retina screen and added extras such as Touch ID and Apple’s Force Touch trackpad.

“Fans of this laptop are going to love this update as it takes the concept of power and ultimate portability to a whole new level.”

The MacBook Air has long been the first-choice of many looking for a lightweight laptop that is also incredibly capable.

However, it appears Chinese OEM Huawei is determined to mount a serious challenge to Apple’s hardware.

The firm has debuted its new MateBook 13 laptop at CES, an annual technology show that takes place in Las Vegas.

Not only is the hardware thinner than Apple’s current MacBook Air offering, but it also comes with a compelling spec sheet, too.

The base-level model of the product comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of storage and will be priced at $ 999 (£785.31).

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Moreover, there is also a more powerful version of the product that come with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 chipset and 512GB of memory.

This variant will cost $ 1,299 (£1021.14) and has 8GB of RAM, just like the cheaper model.

The MateBook 13 appears to be a new mid-tier laptop from Huawei that is positioned in-between its current MateBook X Pro and MateBook D computers. was a huge fan of the MateBook X Pro when we tested it last year, awarding it top marks in our review.

It appears the MateBook 13 is taking many cues from the more premium MateBook X Pro; the hardware flaunts the same 3:2 aspect ratio but has a slightly lower resolution.

The Chinese OEM’s MateBook 13 has a panel with a resolution of 2160×1440 compared to the MateBook X Pro’s 3000×2000.

Moreover, the device is also thicker than its more premium brother.

The bezels around the MateBook 13’s screen are also slightly thicker and means the product’s front-facing camera is housed at the top of the panel unlike the MateBook X Pro that placed it under the keyboard.

Huawei’s MateBook 13 will launch in the US on January 29 and could challenge the MacBook Air for lightweight laptop supremacy. has asked Huawei to clarify whether the MateBook 13 is destined for UK markets and what its official pricing will be if it is.

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