A Chinese retailer has started to list Honor’s MagicBook laptop based on AMD’s Ryzen Mobile processor. The thin-and-light notebook looks similar to the Intel-based MagicBook launched in April and will be officially available only in China. Huawei, the owner of the Honor brand, will be the fifth company to adopt AMD’s Ryzen Mobile after Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

The Honor MagicBook 14 listed at JD.com is based on AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 5 2500U processor with integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics, it is outfitted with 8 GB of DDR4 memory as well as a 256 GB SSD. The system has a rather mediocre 14-inch Full-HD panel that features a 250 nits brightness, a 800:1 contrast ratio, and can display 45% of the NTSC color gamut. As expected, the laptop is equipped with all the connectivity technologies that are found in today’s notebooks, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, two USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C header, an HDMI output, and a TRRS audio connector.

The laptop comes in an all-aluminum chassis that looks exactly like the one used for the original MagicBook. Meanwhile, the listing says that the AMD Ryzen-powered Honor MagicBook is 15.8 mm thick, which happens to be the z-height of the Intel Core-based Honor MagicBook (which uses Intel’s quad-core 8th Gen Core i5/i7 CPUs and NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 graphics). Therefore, despite the fact that the MagicBook with Ryzen inside uses a different motherboard and cooling system, the manufacturer did not have to alter the chassis. As for weight, it is likely that it will remain in the range of 1.47 kilograms.

Other highlights of the Intel Core-powered Honor MagicBook also include a 57.4 Wh battery (a rather high capacity for a 13/14-inch machine) as well as four Dolby Atmos-badged speakers. Unfortunately, it is unknown which battery pack is used for the AMD-powered MagicBook, but since the rest of the components are the same, it is logical to expect Huawei to use the same 57.4 Wh battery for this model too.

At least initially, the Honor MagicBook with AMD Ryzen Mobile will be available only in glacier grey, but eventually, the company may introduce additional color options, such as star grey and nebula violet.

JD.com lists an absurdly high price tag for the Ryzen-powered MagicBook (over $1,500), so it is safe to say that pricing of the product is unknown at this point. Keeping in mind that the Core i5-based MagicBook costs around $800, it is logical to expect the Ryzen-based laptop to be priced in the same range.

General Specs of the Honor MagicBook (AMD) Laptop
  Specifications
Display Diagonal 14"
Resolution 1920×1080
Type IPS
  Brightness 250 nits
  Contrast 800:1
  Color Gamut 45% NTSC
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
4C/8T
2.0 - 3.8 GHz
mXFR Support
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 8 iGPU
15 W
GPU AMD Vega 8
512 stream processors
1100 MHz
RAM Capacity 8 GB
Type DDR4
Storage SSD 256 GB
Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
(unknown vendor)
Bluetooth 4.x (?)
USB 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.? Type-C (power, data, DP 1.2)
Other I/O HDMI, webcam, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone
Figerprint Reader yes
Dimensions Width ?
Length ?
Thickness 15.8 mm | 0.62 inches
Weight 1.47 kg | 3.24 lbs
Battery Capacity 57.4 Wh (?)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10
Price ?

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Source: JD.com (via Liliputing)

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  • SaturnusDK - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    How does the first and second sentence of this paragraph make sense? First you say that it has a 57.4Wh battery, next you say you don't know the battery size but assume the same 57.4Wh of the Intel part.

    "Other highlights of the Intel Core-powered Honor MagicBook also include a 57.4 Wh battery (a rather high capacity for a 13/14-inch machine) as well as four Dolby Atmos-badged speakers. Unfortunately, it is unknown which battery pack is used for the AMD-powered MagicBook, but since the rest of the components are the same, it is logical to expect Huawei to use the same 57.4 Wh battery for this model too."
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  • SaturnusDK - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    Nevermind. I notice the poor writing now. Just delete the first sentence and it makes a lot more sense. Reply
  • Goty - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    Poor writing or poor reading? I'm leaning toward the latter. Reply
  • Reddums - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    What's not to understand? They're talking about two different laptops, an Intel model and an AMD model. They don't know the battery size of the AMD model but since every other spec is identical to the Intel version, they're assuming it has the same battery capacity as well. Reply
  • plewis00 - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    I found his comment confusing too. More confusing trying to understand what he meant. The article made perfect sense... Reply
  • ToTTenTranz - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    I can't read mandarin (or is it cantonese?), but one of the pictures seems to suggest the APU is configured at 25 or 30W TDP:

    https://img10.360buyimg.com/imgzone/jfs/t22057/333...

    And another says it has a 57.4Wh battery.
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  • Retycint - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    The APU is configured to 25W, with it being able to turbo boost up to 30W Reply
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    good lord Win 10 "start menu" is fugly as hell..really do not know why MSFT decided to kill a very good desktop GUI that was what made and still makes Win 7 the "best" IMO..Win 8-8.1-10 are 2 steps forward 25 back LOL....

    If they keep this level of "specs" but bump the display quality up a bit (better viewing angles, higher colour gamut) but maintain the battery capacity, and have the ability of course to be able to slap another SSD/HDD into this "magicbook" spec wise it is actually pretty decent IMO....not if it gets over the $800-$950 mark however, above $1k it better have much more robust specs (more profound GPU, higher capacity SSD, higher speed/capacity memory used etc)

    seems at the very least this will be one of the few "laptops" that actually use a fairly large battery (larger than many) that use even higher performance components but the makers (such as Asus, MSI, Lenovo, HP) decide to use a crazy small battery to back it up *facepalm*
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  • Retycint - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    The laptop you're describing is literally the MateBook X Pro though? 3000x2000 IPS screen, 100% sRGB, same 57.4Wh battery, MX150 etc Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Start menu is terrible, and always has been. Win7 is putting lipstick on a pig. BRING BACK PROGMAN.EXE! Reply

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