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The 14-inch Honor MagicBook finally has a UK launch date

The 14-inch Honor MagicBook laptop will be available in the UK from April 7.

Honor originally announced two new models back in January: a 14-inch option and a slightly bigger 15.6-inch model. Currently, only the smaller of the two is listed on Amazon, but you should expect to see its big brother appear there shortly too.

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Honor is known for pushing out products that are similar-looking to other better known gadgets, but with a much smaller price tag.

At £549, the new 14-inch MagicBook is a fair bit cheaper than any MacBook, but obviously it doesn’t have the same high-end specs. It does, however, cleverly mimic the popular Apple aesthetic with a stripped-back, minimal design.

While it might not match MacBook standards, the new laptop still has a respectable screen-to-body ratio of 84%. It also packs a full HD IPS display, which should mean that the screen still looks fairly bright and crisp.

And although it’s using a slightly-dated 3500 AMD Ryzen processor, this should still be capable of handling web browsing, word processing and video streaming activities.

Interestingly, Honor has previously confirmed that the smaller 14-inch model packs a bigger battery out of the two models – it has a 52Wh battery while the 15-inch only offers 42Wh.

Until we’re able to do a full review we won’t be able to confirm how this translates to performance-time, but Honor claims that the smaller laptop has up to 10 hours of juice.

Read our Honor MagicBook 2020 hands-on review

Despite the visual similarities with Apple’s popular products, the MagicBook feels more like a solid Chromebook competitor.

Writing about his initial impressions of the model, our reviewer said: “The Honor MagicBook 2020 is tapping into a largely neglected market by undercutting the cost of most ultrabook rivals but, importantly, offering more power and freedom than a Chromebook.”

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