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We answer your questions by explaining what each model offers and helping you decide if one of them is right for you.
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The MateBook 13, at least one version of it, was shown off at CES 2023 and goes on sale at the end of February. You can read our review here.
The model we’re comparing here, though, is the one that will be available in the UK and Europe and is slightly different because it includes Huawei Share 3.0, a handy feature which we’ll explain below. Huawei says it will be on sale by the end of February.
The 14 is brand new, and the X Pro is an updated version of the 2023 model, reviewed here. These two will be available in April.
UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but Huawei has now confirmed the following models and prices:MateBook 13
€999: i5 + 8GB + 256GB + Intel 620
€1099: i5 + 8GB + 256GB + MX150
€1199: i7 + 8GB + 512GB + Intel 620
€1399: i7 + 8GB + 512GB + MX150 + touchscreenMateBook 14
€1199: i5 + 8GB + 512GB + MX250
€1499: i7 + 16GB + 512GB + MX250 + touchscreenMateBook X Pro 2023
€1599: i5 + 8GB + 512GB + MX250 + touchscreen
€1999: i7 + 16GB + 1TB + MX250 + touchscreenMateBook 13 vs 14 vs X Pro: Specifications
The easiest way to see how these three compare is to watch the video at the top of this page, but we’ve also put together this helpful table of the key specs as well.
* Touchscreens on top-of-range models only.MateBook 13
The 13 in the name relates to the screen: it’s a 13in touchscreen with a resolution of 2160×1440. That’s just about enough, we think, for the size to avoid criticism and it’s certainly great quality.
Bezels are a bit thicker than on the MateBook X Pro, but the 88 percent screen-to-body ratio is more than respectable. Plus, it allows the webcam to go at the top where it belongs, rather than in the keyboard where you end up with unflattering views on Skype.
Specs are a little cut down to meet the price point: you can’t have more than 8GB of RAM and you can’t have the faster Nvidia MX250 graphics chip that you’ll find in higher models of the 14 and X Pro.
To clarify, the base model has the Core i5, Intel graphics and 256GB of storage, but there’s a step-up option with the MX150, a Core i7 and 512GB of storage.
Oddly, Huawei decided not to put a traditional USB port on the MateBook 13 which we think is a mistake: you’ll have to use an adaptor if you want to attach a USB flash drive.
The aluminium body and keyboard layout is similar to the other models, and it both looks and feels good. It’s also the lightest of the bunch – because it’s the smallest – and Huawei says you’ll still get 10 hours of battery life despite the 42Wh cell.
Huawei Share 3.0 is built-in, which means there’s an NFC chip which works with Huawei phones that are running EMUI 9.1 or later. Tap your phone on the chip and it launches the app which lets you transfer photos and other files via a direct Wi-Fi connection.
Among other features, Share 3.0 also gives you universal copy and paste, so you can copy some text on your phone and then paste it on your MateBook.MateBook 14
For many people this will be the pick of the bunch. It has most of the features of the X Pro, but will cost less.
It has – you guessed it – a 14in screen, but it shares the lower resolution of the 13in model, so has a pixel density of 185ppi. However, it’s still a great touchscreen with 100% sRGB coverage (so colours are vibrant) and wide viewing angles.
There are two standard USB ports, convenient for attaching a wired mouse or external hard drive, as well as the modern USB-C. Usefully for some, there’s a full-size HDMI port which neither of the other two models possess.
You have a choice, again, of a Core i5 or Core i7 and if you opt for the latter you get 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and the MX250 GPU. Performance, then, is just as good as the MateBook X Pro. The 14’s battery capacity is the same, too, so you’re only really sacrificing the higher resolution screen and a few other luxuries.
As with the other models, it has NFC for Huawei Share 3.0.MateBook X Pro
Externally, the 2023 X Pro is identical to the 2023 model. Upgrades are internal with 8th-gen Intel chips and the MX250 graphics chip rather than the MX150.
If you own the 2023 version, it isn’t going to be worth upgrading unless that 10-15 percent performance jump is really important.
But, for the other 99 percent of people who don’t already have the pleasure of owning one, the MateBook X Pro is a superb laptop which has gorgeous looks and great performance. It’s only slightly smaller and thinner than the MateBook 14, but the slimmer screen bezels and higher resolution display elevate it to premium status – and a premium price.
Fortunately, there’s still a USB-A port along with the pair of USB-Cs, and as this is the updated 2023 model, you also get Huawei Share 3.0. The Thunderbolt 3 port now runs at ‘full speed’ which means it’s twice as fast as the 2023 model and can now support 4K displays.
We’ll bring you reviews of all three shortly, but you can read our full review of the 2024 MateBook X Pro for more details about this model.
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We can’t say definitively which tablet is better before we’ve had a chance to properly benchmark and test out the newcomer. The lower price is certainly tempting, and while there are rumblings – and grumblings – about the smaller amount of RAM, there’s a good reason why Apple doesn’t disclose such figures: they’re irrelevant to the average buyer. As long as it performs well for real-world tasks, it’s sure to be another winner.
The iPad Pro is a fantastic tablet, and Apple has just made it even better by shrinking it down to the 9.7in form factor, adding new features and lowering the price. Arguably, it’s a better tablet and here in our iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro 12.9 comparison we’ll highlight the differences and explain what’s new. See also: iPad Pro 9.7 in-depth review.iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro comparison: Price
The cheapest 9.7in iPad Pro costs Best new tablets coming in 2024.
The iPad Air 2 is now cheaper, so if you do want a 9.7in iPad but don’t need the Pro’s features, then the 16GB version is only £349 from Apple and the 64GB version costs £429. See also: iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Air 2iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro comparison: Specifications
Here’s a summary of the key features:
9.7-inch iPad Pro
12.9-inch iPad Pro
32, 128, 256GB
32, 128, 256GB
32, 128, 256GB
A9X + M9
A9X + M9
12MP (4K video, Live Photos)
8Mp (1080p video)
5Mp (720p video)
1.2Mp (720p video)
Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Rose Gold
Silver, Gold, Space Grey
Weight (Wi-Fi only)
While the two tablets may seem very similar apart from screen size and resolution, the figures only tell half the story. For a start, early benchmarks have shown that the A9X processor in the new model is underclocked and that it has only half the RAM: 2GB versus 4GB in the 12.9in model.
The 9.7in model has a cleverer screen which Apple calls True Tone. It uses light sensors to adapt not only brightness, but also colour tone to your environment. While the 12.9in model now benefits from Night Shift in iOS 9.3, the new iPad Pro should give you true colours no matter what time of day or night or the kind of lighting you’re working under.
The new display is also brighter and less reflective than the iPad Air 2, but we’ll have to wait and see how it compares in quality until we can see the two iPad Pros side by side, when we’ll also be able to see how their colour gamuts compare.
One feature which the 9.7in display doesn’t have (which you might have anticipated) is 3D Touch. However, it is compatible with the pressure-sensitive Apple Pencil.
The other main difference is that the cameras have been upgraded to the models you get in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus – including the True Tone flash and sapphire crystal lens cover. We had expected the original iPad Pro to get the better cameras, but it seems more sensible on a smaller tablet as not too many people will be disappointed they can’t shoot 4K video on their 12.9in iPad.
Upgraded cameras also come with upgraded features. Here’s what the new Pro has that you won’t find on the larger version:
Photography: Live photos, auto HDR, autofocus with Focus Pixels, 63Mp panoramas.
Video modes: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 120fps, 720p at 240fps, ‘cinematic’ video stabilisation.
In virtually every other respect, the two tablets have the same internals: the quad-speaker system, dual mics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2. The one minor difference is in the cellular models where the 9.7in iPad Pro gets LTE-Advanced which supports a few extra bands compared to the 12.9 model that lacks LTE-A. Also, the new model has an embedded Apple SIM.
Bear in mind that, as ever, only the cellular models in both sizes have GPS. Wi-Fi models do not.iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro comparison: Design
Apart from the physically smaller dimensions, the 9.7in iPad Pro shares its design with the larger model. Buttons, ports and speakers are all in the same places. There’s no mute / lock rotation switch on either model.
The only change is that the 9.7in version comes in Rose Gold, which isn’t an option with the 12.9in model.iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro comparison: Which is best?
It’s easy to point out the new features and conclude that – given the lower prices – the smaller, newer iPad Pro is clearly better.
It also offers a bigger canvas for drawing with the Pencil and has a larger keyboard, too. There is a new Smart Keyboard – it costs £129 rather than £139 for the 12.9in version – but has the same layout. That’s no bad thing, and we need to properly test it out to see if – shrunk down to fit on a 9.7in iPad – the keyboard is as usable.
But the flip side of the coin is that the 9.7in iPad Pro is lighter and more portable. And if you don’t need a keyboard, it’s a super-powerful tablet you can take everywhere with you.Specs Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch: Specs
Apple A9X processor with M9 coprocessor
32GB/128/256GB onboard storage
iOS 9 (able to use all iOS 9 tablet features, including Split View)
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 9.7 inches (diagonal), 264 ppi pixel density
Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band with MIMO
12Mp (rear-facing) with True Tone flash
5Mp (front-facing) with Retina flash
437g (WiFi-only model) or 444g (Wi-Fi plus cellular)
HUAWEI P40 Pro, Oneplus 8 Pro, and Galaxy S20 Plus – Quick spec recap
HUAWEI P40 Pro, Oneplus 8 Pro, and Galaxy S20 Plus – Colors and white balance
Our first samples highlight some major trends right off the bat. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus opts for the punchiest tones by far, with over-saturation noticeable in many shots, particularly with blue skies. I find Samsung’s approach to colors far too heavy-handed, particularly in outdoor photos. Highlight clipping is also a semi-common problem, particularly in HDR environments with clouds or other strong highlights. OnePlus also clips in some scenes, while HUAWEI plays it much more conservative with its approach to dynamic range. The 8 Pro’s colors and white balance tend to be very good overall, falling somewhere between Samsung’s punch and HUAWEI’s conservatism.
Oversaturation and highlight clipping are consistent issues for the Galaxy S20 Plus
As a result, the HUAWEI P40 Pro’s images sometimes appear a little washed out by comparison. The phone shoots for a cooler white balance with a brighter exposure that’s a little more true-to-life and easier to edit. That said, quite a few of the pictures I took with the HUAWEI P40 Pro overexposed the image. The P40 Pro is bang on when it’s right, but the handset can also get things very wrong. I also noticed an occasional red-tint problem with the HUAWEI P40 Pro in very bright outdoor environments. HUAWEI tells us that has been addressed for the consumer software version.Cropping in on detail
All three handsets boast high-resolution sensors for high levels of detail, but we’ve seen plenty of examples where heavy bouts of processing are used to compensate for noisy image sensors. None of these phones suffer from obvious detail deficiencies at full frame. To get into the finer details, the images in this section are 100% crops.
Contrary to popular belief, HUAWEI applies the least amount of processing to images from its main sensor. The camera produces high levels of detail with minimal evidence of over-sharpening, thanks to the combination of BM3D noise reduction and a large image sensor. The Galaxy S20 Plus is reasonably soft on edges too, at least as far as nearby foreground subjects are concerned. However, Samsung’s processing chain looks a lot messier with complex textures, such as trees and foliage, and the highlights in our sample images.
OnePlus clearly relies on a sharpening filter to enhance details, resulting in more harsh, high-contrast edges. It’s certainly not an ugly look compared to many phones we’ve seen and is hard to notice unless you really analyze the pixels. Foreground and subject details are left looking with an artificial pop compared to the other two. However, the phone’s consistency regarding exposure and color balance ensures that images always look crisp.
All three of these handsets provide the option to capture very high-resolution images in good lighting. The Galaxy S20 Plus offers 64MP shots. You’ll get 50MP out of the HUAWEI P40 Pro, and 48MP from the OnePlus 8 Pro. Here are some crops from these modes.
There are definitely pros and cons to shooting in this mode. All three phones hand in exceptional details, providing that you have a subject within a few meters. The plant image above shows that all three are quite light on the processing, with sharp crisp details. Although again, OnePlus is a fraction more eager with the sharpening pass. Sadly, HUAWEI’s color balance on the subject isn’t great in this instance. Samsung’s first 64MP sample is truly exceptional, part in thanks to the good lighting.
You won’t be left wanting for detail from any of these three handsets.
All three cameras perform notably worse when shooting further into the distance with complex textures in the background. The leaves, ivy, and brickwork in the second image all have a painted look. That said, the effect is most pronounced from the HUAWEI P40 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro. Again, HUAWEI’s camera is a tad overexposed. Samsung’s 64MP result holds up best in this scenario, although it’s far from perfect.
Overall, Samsung’s 64MP mode comes out on top when shooting in Hi-Res. It extracts a ton of detail and suffers from fewer artifacts than its competitors. However, when it comes to shooting with out-of-the-box settings, it’s a much closer contest that the HUAWEI P40 Pro nudges for its minimal processing and better color balance. The OnePlus 8 Pro also looks very good, but its reliance on sharpening reveals crops to be a little less realistic.Zooming in
There’s a bit of controversy over what counts as a proper zoom these days, with both OnePlus and Samsung opting for slightly different hybrid 3x technology over true optical zoom. These two could struggle with longer ranges, due to the limits of software processing. Even so, optical zoom isn’t infallible. HUAWEI’s last-gen P30 Pro was caught out at intermediate zoom lengths, as it relies on hybrid zoom for 2x, 3x, and 4x zoom. Let’s find out which technology works best.
We’re showcasing 100% crops here to examine smaller details, as that’s really the whole point of a zoom lens. Note that the OnePlus shots appear more zoomed in due to its lower 8MP capture resolution, compared to 12-megapixel outputs from the HUAWEI P40 Pro and Galaxy S20 Plus.
None of these phones offer a truly comprehensive zoom package.
Overall, the zoom situation is a bit weird. At full frame, all three cameras look passable all the way up to 5x. You have to pixel-peep to see which actually gives you the most detail. Samsung is decent enough up to 3x, but there’s no apparent sweet spot to zoom quality despite its 3x telephoto tagline. The OnePlus 8 Pro is terrible at 2x, but is very usable between 3x and 5x. Meanwhile, HUAWEI is so-so up to 3x, looks better at 4x, and clearly benefits from its periscope camera at 5x. The lesson here is that software zoom still sucks and intermittent zoom levels are so often left behind in terms of quality, reducing the flexibility of even the best cameras.Fitting it all in with wide-angles
Moving on to wide-angle cameras, where the aim is to squeeze as much into the scene as possible. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus offers the widest field of view out of the three, and the HUAWEI P40 Pro the smallest. Impressively, the S20 Plus handles edge distortion really well, despite its wider lens. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the most distorted at the edges.
At full frame, all three produce quite good-looking results. Again though, Samsung’s enthusiastic color processing makes its images pop more than the competition. The OnePlus 8 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro are much closer in appearance. For some reason though, HUAWEI switches to a 16:9 aspect ratio for these shots, possibly to enhance the wide-angled appearance.
While we tend not to examine more minor details with wide-angle shots (otherwise, you’d zoom in), it’s worth paying attention to the crops below, in case you ever want to blow these pictures up. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S20 Plus leans even more heavily on post-processing than usual. This results in the dreaded painted look effect, due to heavy use of denoise and sharpening. It’s a bad look no matter how you slice it.
The Galaxy S20 Plus offers the widest field of view but heaviest processing.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a different problem. The camera appears to struggle with distant focus, meaning longer-range details are completely out of focus and images often lack detail. The camera is also a little heavy on post-processing, but it’s not quite as bad as Samsung. For the cleanest wide images, HUAWEI is the clear preference with minimal signs of processing. Its images are cleaner, sharper, and come out with far more detail.
Wide-angle cameras exist to fit more into our pictures, but those pictures need to remain distortion-free and boasting decent levels of detail to be usable. With that in mind, none of these cameras offer a truly great wide-angle experience. HUAWEI offers the detail but lacks the width of its competitors. The Galaxy S20 Plus and OnePlus 8 Pro fit more in, but lack the detail and quality that you would expect from a top-tier camera. I can’t call a clear winner (or loser) here.Solving the low-light problem
Low light is still mobile photography’s biggest weakness, but these three phones pack in larger image sensors in a bid to solve this issue. However, the HUAWEI P40 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro have the biggest sensors and should perform the best. Let’s see if that’s true.
The HUAWEI P40 Pro is definitely worse with night mode enabled. The software processing used to combine exposures is far too aggressive, and noise actually increases in this sample. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is improved shooting with night mode enabled, finally presenting a reasonably clean image. Although it still lacks color and the denoise over-smoothens the image. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 Pro looks by far the best when shooting with Nightscape.
The detail available in each picture is worth looking at a little closer. The Samsung and OnePlus cameras definitely struggle for sharpness and definition compared to HUAWEI, with lots of noise present across the building brickwork that masks the fine details. The P40 Pro captures a surprisingly good amount of detail given the lack of light, although the HDR effect is unrealistic. Worse though, the sky is incredibly noisy and looks like it was shot with an overly dialed-up ISO.
Huawei’s P40 Pro captures the most detail in low light. OnePlus’ Nightscape mode works really well too.
Switching the various night modes on sees improvements to the detail capture and noise for the OnePlus and Samsung handsets. Although it doesn’t fix up the OnePlus 8 Pro’s color balance issue and Samsung still has by far the noisiest image. HUAWEI’s Night mode smooths out the sky issue and helps grab even more brickwork detail, but again leaves the overall image looking a tad over-processed.
On balance, HUAWEI nudges it as the best for a quick night snap and clearly captures the most detail in outdoor low-light environments. Although the brightness and HDR effects leave the P40 Pro’s shots looking somewhat unrealistic. Indoor and with less distance to the subject, the OnePlus 8 Pro hands in an excellent performance, particularly when Nightscape is used. Samsung’s older and smaller IMX555 sensor really doesn’t keep up with the competition.Dedicated hardware helps with bokeh
While HUAWEI and Samsung pack in dedicated time-of-flight sensors to assist with bokeh, OnePlus does not. You might assume that this means the OnePlus 8 Pro struggles more with edge detection, but it actually comes very close to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus in most shots. None of the cameras suffer from glaring detection issues, but you can definitely spot problems when cropping in.
Bokeh blur quality is outstanding across all three handsets, with good transitions from foreground to background that mostly avoid hardware edges. Color cross-overs can trick even the best bokeh algorithms, but HUAWEI’s phone is a little more resistant than the others. The OnePlus 8 Pro and Galaxy S20 Plus miss edges more often than the HUAWEI P40 Pro, often confusing similar colors and background details for foreground edges. However, there’s surprisingly little between the two, with the 8 Pro occasionally detecting an edge the S20 Plus missed and vice versa. It’s a very solid result for the 8 Pro, especially since it doesn’t feature dedicated hardware for this purpose.
Despite the lack of dedicated hardware, the OnePlus 8 Pro is competitive with bokeh quality
The HUAWEI P40 Pro is perhaps just about the best in shots with reasonably crisp edges, but pulls miles ahead with complex hair edges. My untamed quarantine mane has plenty of strays to try and capture, and the HUAWEI P40 Pro gets pretty much all of them in the foreground. Sadly the white balance and skin tones aren’t quite right in this portrait. The OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 still do a reasonable job at grabbing outliers. However, they can’t preserve individual strands and struggle to apply bokeh in-between gaps accurately. But that’s pretty typical of most smartphone bokeh modes.
Overall, the HUAWEI P40 Pro is the most consistent with bokeh edge detection. Although it’s certainly not infallible on complex textures and scenes, and all three cameras are prone to tripping up.HUAWEI P40 Pro, Oneplus 8 Pro, and Galaxy S20 Plus – And the winner is…
Picking a definitive winner is particularly tough, as each of our three handsets has its set of strengths and weaknesses.
Overall, the HUAWEI P40 Pro continues to set the bar for image quality from its main sensor. It produces the most realistic daylight pics, the most detailed low-light shots, and the most accurate bokeh. However, some features, like zoom and night shooting, feel like they’ve stood still or even gone backward. At the same time, others have closed the gap, particularly in the zoom department. The OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus look every bit as good at full frame in most scenarios. You really have to pixel-peep to make out the smaller differences in detail, and even those don’t always go in HUAWEI’s favor.
Until we’ve properly tested the new Surface Pro, we’ll reserve judgement on which 2-in-1 is the best.Best Prices Today: Microsoft Surface Pro (2024)
It’s been a pretty long wait, but the update to the Surface Pro 4 is here. Oddly, it’s not called the Surface Pro 5 but as you’ll see there are clear reasons for this.
Whether you’re thinking of upgrading from your Surface Pro 4 or trying to decide which device to buy as an upgrade from something else, our comparison of the two hybrids will help you make the right choice.
See our chart of the best hybrid laptop/tablets to buy.
You can pre-order the new Surface Pro now from Microsoft.What are the differences between Surface Pro 4 and the 2023 version?
Compare the key specifications (see our table below) and you could easily come to the conclusion that very little has changed.
The two tablets look the same, have the same 12.3in screen, selection of ports and – aside from very minor changes – the same chassis.
During the launch, Microsoft said the new tablet was thinner and lighter. However, that’s not exactly true. Its own website lists the same dimensions for the two and, depending in the configuration you choose, the new device is either a couple of grams lighter or heavier than the equivalent old model.
So it’s not thinner and no-one is going to notice that miniscule weight difference. Can you spot which is which?
Not everything remains the same, of course. The main difference is that the new Surface Pro includes the latest seventh-gen Intel Core processors, which also means upgraded integrated graphics.
Battery life is also improved from ‘up to 9 hours’ for the old model to ‘up to 13.5 hours’ from the new Surface Pro.
The last notable change is the new kick-stand hinge which now reclines to an almost-flat 165 degrees. This position is called ‘Studio mode’ and lets you use the Surface Pro like the Surface Studio – it’s a more comfortable angle to use for sketching and drawing.
Other minor improvements are better sound quality from the speakers and more rounded corners.
The Surface Pro 4’s stand allows it to tilt back to 150 degrees – the same as the Surface Pro 3. The extra 15 degrees sounds like a small change, but until we’ve properly tested the two devices, it’s hard to know if it really makes a difference or not.
As before, there’s a choice of ultra-low-power Core m3, i5 and i7 processors. The fanless Core m model is available from launch this time – it came later with the Surface Pro 4.
If you opt for the flagship model with 1TB of storage, that’s an NVMe SSD which should improve performance even more compared to the equivalent Surface Pro 4.
That covers the main tablet, but both the keyboard and Surface Pen have been updated for 2023 as well.
Like the recently announced Surface Laptop, the Type Cover keyboard is now skinned with Alcantara – a man-made suede-like material.
This costs £149 (US$159) and comes in three colours to match the new shades for the tablet: Cobalt Blue, Burgundy and Platinum. They go on sale 30 June, a couple of weeks after the Surface Pro.
The new Surface Pen comes in the same colours, plus black. It costs £99.99 (US$99.99) – yep, it’s not bundled in the box any more – but there’s no confirmed release date yet.
It’s longer than the old Surface Pen and does away with the clip. New is its ability to detect when you’re tilting the pen at an angle (similar to Apple’s Pencil) and can therefore more accurately reproduce the effect of that on screen.
Depending on the type of pen you’ve selected in an app, it could mean you get a thicker line the more you tilt.Which processors and storage can you get with the new Surface Pro?
The table below shows how the old and new Surface Pro models compare for their main specs.How do they compare on price?
The Surface Pro 4 has dropped in price now that the new version has been announced, and the Core i7 versions are no longer on sale in the US.
The Pro 4 comes with the older version of the Surface Pen (unless you go for the Core m3 model), so don’t forget to add £99.99 (or $99.99) to the price of the new Surface Pro if you know you’ll need a stylus.Surface Pro (2024):
Core m3, 4GB, 128GB: £799, US$799
Core i5, 4GB, 128GB: £979, US$999
Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £1249, US$1299
Core i7, 8GB, 256GB: £1549, US$1599
Core i7, 16GB, 512GB: £2149, US$2199
Core i7, 16GB, 1TB: £2699, US$2699Surface Pro 4 (UK):
Core m3, 4GB, 128GB: £636.65
Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £917.15
Core i7, 8GB, 256GB: £1104.15
Core i7, 16GB, 256GB: £1231.65
Core i7, 16GB, 512GB: £1529.15
Core i7, 16GB, 1TBGB: £1869.15Surface Pro 4 US models:
Core m3, 4GB, 128GB (no pen): US$699
Core i5, 4GB, 128GB: £979, US$849
Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £1249, US$999
Core i5, 16GB, 256GB: £1549, US$1399
Core i5, 8GB, 512GB: £2149, US$1399
Core i5, 16GB, 512GB: £2699, US$1799
Pre-order the Surface Pro 5 here.Should I buy the new Surface Pro?
It is, overall, very similar to its predecessor. That’s probably why it isn’t called the Surface Pro 5. The new processors mean better performance and battery life, but those are the significant two improvements.
Microsoft says the screen on the new tablet is better, but hasn’t yet specified how.
In the UK at least, the Core i7 versions of the Surface Pro 4 are significantly cheaper than the equivalents from the new range, and they’re even better value because they include a Surface Pen.
If you already own a Surface Pro 4, there’s no real incentive to upgrade unless you’re going from a low-powered model and are planning to buy a Core i7 version.Specs Microsoft Surface Pro (2024): Specs
Windows 10 Pro
12.3in PixelSense display, 2736×1824, 267ppi
Up to Intel Kaby Lake Core i7
Up to 16GB RAM
Up to 1TB storage
Micro-SD card reader
5Mp front camera
8Mp rear camera
The Microsoft Lumia 535 is a cheap and cheerful new Windows-based smartphone that has some benefits over its predecessors, including a slimmer design, a front-facing camera and a bigger display. If you’re looking for an ultra-budget smartphone and are happy with a 4in screen and no front-facing camera then the Lumia 530 is an option well worth investigating, particularly as it is one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on a windows 8.1 device. But, be sure to see if you can pick up a Lumia 520 instead as you’ll get benefits including a better display and auto-focus and you could save some more money. If you think you’ve settled on the Lumia 535, it’s well worth investigating some Android alternatives first, such as the Motorola Moto G.
What’s the difference between the Lumia 535, Lumia 530 and Lumia 520? We explore the differences and similarities between the three Lumia smartphones, including design, specs and features, in our Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison. See also: Best budget smartphone 2014
Microsoft unveiled the Lumia 535 on 11 November, the successor to the Lumia 520 and a slightly higher spec sibling to the Lumia 530 that was launched in August. It’s also the first smartphone launched by Microsoft since the Nokia branding was dropped.
It can get a bit confusing to decide which of the Lumia devices is best, and which you should choose as your smartphone, so here we run through the similarities and differences to help you make your decision.
It’s important to note that, as the Lumia 535 has only recently been unveiled, we’ve not yet had a chance to run our full tests on the smartphone, so this comparison is based on our reviews of the Lumia 520 and 530 as well as the information provided to us by Microsoft about its latest smartphone.
See also: Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530 comparisonMicrosoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Price & availability
The Lumia 535 is expected to arrive in the UK in the first quarter of 2024, though there has been some chatter about an end of November release in “key markets” so it could arrive sooner than that if the UK is considered a key market.
There’s no official UK price yet, but the single-SIM version of the Lumia 535 is expected to cost 110 Euros, before VAT, which we expect to be £99 including VAT. So, it’s not an ultra-budget model like the Lumia 530, which is priced at just £60.
The Lumia 520 was available for £80 when it launched in mid 2013, but you can now pick it up for just £50 if you shop around. The issue with the Lumia 520 is that it’s a bit trickier to come by as stock of the discontinued device dwindles.
So you’re looking at a price tag of between £50 and £100 whichever Lumia smartphone you decide on. See also: Nokia Lumia 530 vs 520 comparisonMicrosoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Design
The Lumia 535 (above) is a reasonable 8.8mm thick, and weighs 146g. That’s much thinner than the 11.7mm of the Lumia 530 and slightly thinner than the 9.9mm of the 520, but is slightly heavier than the 530’s 129g and the 520’s 124g, which is not too surprising when you take into consideration the newer smartphone’s bigger screen (we’ll talk more about that below).
The 535 comes in a range of bright colours – orange, green, blue – plus neutrals including black, white and grey. These colours can be swapped after purchase thanks to a removeable back, which the Lumia 530 also boasts in addition to the same colour options.
Colour options for the Lumia 520 (below) differ slightly, with yellow, blue, red, white and black models available but no green or orange, and the shell is not removeable.
Like the Lumia 530, the 535 has a rounded design that differs from the more squared design of the Lumia 520.Microsoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Screen
The Lumia 535 has a 5in screen, so it’s bigger than the Lumia 530 and 520’s 4in screens. It has a qHD resolution – which stands for quarter HD not quad HD (QHD) like the LG G3 – which means a resolution of 960 x 540. That equates to a reasonable pixel density of 220ppi.
The screen of the 535 is IPS, which is better than the nasty TN-based display in the Lumia 530, and is made with the durable Gorilla Glass 3. The 520 does have an IPS display too, so that means better viewing angles and colours despite being older than the 530.
High brightness mode in the Lumia 535 is designed to make the device easier to use in sunlight, Microsoft says.
The Lumia 520’s 4in screen has a resolution of 800×480, and the 530 improves upon that very slightly with an 854×480 resolution. They both have a better pixel density than the 535 due to the smaller screen, with a 235ppi for the 520 and 246ppi for the 530.Microsoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Hardware & specs
Inside the Lumia 535 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, which isn’t a powerful chip despite its quad-core spec. It’s paired with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal storage, which you can expand via microSD with cards up to 128GB in capacity.
The Lumia 520 has a dual-core 1GHz processor, while the Lumia 530’s processor is 1.2GHz and quad-core like the Lumia 535. While this may make you think that the Lumia 520’s processor is the worst of the bunch, it actually has the same cores as the Snapdragon 400, which means they’re better than those used in the Snapdragon 200. Also, the Lumia 520 has Adreno 305 graphics, better than the Adreno 302 in the 530 (below) and 535.
The Lumia 530 and 520 both have just 512GB of RAM.
Like the Lumia 535, the Lumia 520 has 8GB of storage inside, but the Lumia 530 only has 4GB. Both can be expanded by up to 128GB thanks to a microSD card slot, though.
When it comes to connectivity, the Lumia 535 has 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. It’s the same story for both of the other smartphones in this comparison.
None of the Lumias included here have support for 4G, though, but for such cheap smartphones that’s not surprising. They take micro SIM cards and charged via microUSB.Microsoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Cameras
The Lumia 535 sports two 5Mp cameras, one on the front and one on the back. The front-facing camera is designed for selfies, with a wide-angle lens. The rear camera offers an LED flash.
Video is limited to 848×480 for both cameras, so quality is expected to be very poor. It’s an odd decision to limit video capabilities like this when 5Mp is plenty for 1080p video.
The Lumia 530 and 520 also have 5Mp rear-facing cameras, though the newer model has fixed focus instead of the auto-focus in the Lumia 520. This means you won’t be able to take macro photos with the 530, which seems a shame. Neither the 530 or 520 have front-facing cameras, and they both lack the LED flash that 535 boasts.Microsoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Software
The Lumia 535 runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, including all of the latest features such as Cortana and the ‘word flow’ keyboard. It also offers Skype, Microsoft Office, 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage and Outlook.
The Lumia 530 and Lumia 520 can both run Windows 8.1 too.Microsoft Lumia 535 vs 530 vs 520 comparison: Verdict
The Microsoft Lumia 535 is a cheap and cheerful new Windows-based smartphone that has some benefits over its predecessors, including a slimmer design, a front-facing camera and a bigger display.
If you’re looking for an ultra-budget smartphone and are happy with a 4in screen and no front-facing camera then the Lumia 530 is an option well worth investigating, particularly as it is one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on a windows 8.1 device. But, be sure to see if you can pick up a Lumia 520 instead as you’ll get benefits including a better display and auto-focus and you could save some more money.
If you think you’ve settled on the Lumia 535, it’s well worth investigating some Android alternatives first, such as the Motorola Moto G.
About this HUAWEI Matebook E review: I reviewed the Core i5, 16GB RAM model of the HUAWEI Matebook E, using it as my primary work laptop for four days. The unit was provided to Android Authority by HUAWEI for this review.
Update, April 2023: The HUAWEI Matebook E is now available in the EU and UK.
HUAWEI Matebook E W3831T (Intel Core i3, 8GB/128GB): €649.99
HUAWEI Matebook E W5821T (Intel Core i5, 8GB/256GB): TBC
HUAWEI Matebook E W5651T (Intel Core i5, 16GB/512GB): £999.99 / €1,199,99
HUAWEI Matebook E W7651T (Intel Core i7, 16GB/512GB): TBC
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In typical HUAWEI fashion, the Matebook E supports the company’s proprietary Multi-screen Collaboration technology, allowing you to connect to and share files with other HUAWEI devices, such as a smartphone. HUAWEI’s Cast Plus protocol also supports low latency casting to its Mateview monitor for presentations and the like, should you own one.
The Matebook E is equipped with a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing sensor, but the latter does not support Microsoft Hello facial recognition. This setup is paired with a quad microphone and speaker setup, so the tablet is perfectly serviceable for video calls. You’ll also find a 3.5mm headphone jack located on the left-side/top of the tablet if you’re still rocking a pair of wired headphones. Speaking of ports, there’s a single USB-C socket on the right/bottom of the tablet that supports Thunderbolt 4 and Display Port technologies.
HUAWEI includes a 65W Supercharge plug and USB-C to USB-C cable in the box. The tablet also supports USB Power Delivery plugs, but I could only obtain a lower 30W power level. The Matebook E also supports HUAWEI’s Smart Magnetic Keyboard which comes bundled with the tablet, as does the M-Pencil, on all but the cheapest Core i3 model. You can also grab these as separate purchases, should you need to.
HUAWEI hasn’t revealed exactly which models will go on sale, where, and at what times. We’ve spotted the Core i3 W3831T and Core i5 W5651T variants up for sale in some European countries, while only the £999 i5 model is available in the UK as of April 6. We reached out to HUAWEI for clarification on the price and availability of the other two models but it declined to provide any regional information. What we do know for sure is that it will almost certainly not go on sale in the US due to the fallout from the trade ban.
Top-notch performance and a fantastic display cover the bases for work and play.
The tablet’s OLED display is a wonder. Packing a crisp 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and punchy colors, this 600 nit panel is bright enough for daylight use and all your favorite content will look great no matter the environment. 12.6 inches is pretty much the sweet spot for use as both a tablet and a laptop — any larger would be unwieldy to hold as a tablet while smaller would be too tiny to work on when strapped to the keyboard. Even so, the 14.4:9 aspect ratio is not quite tall enough to make the most of multi-window multitasking. The Matebook E sports a P3 color gamut mode, which is a nice touch when photo editing and plays to the tablet’s creativity angle. The only minor drawback is that it’s a 60Hz panel that doesn’t support HDR. But that’s a perfectly fine compromise to have OLED at this price.
HUAWEI MateBook E
Work meets play
Designed for users on the go, HUAWEI’s Windows 11 2-in-1 laptop sports a stunning OLED screen, powerhouse performance, and stylus support.
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