Matebook X Pro Teardown

Must-know for disassembly: unlike the MateBook X, there are no screws under the rubber feet. Instead, there are many plastic tabs that hold the back plate firm.

  1. Unscrew the screws.
  2. Use a guitar pick or similar tool to feel, locate, and lift the tabs.
  3. Pull the hinge side of the back plate first.
  4. No need to be gentle with the middle tab—it’s spring loaded.
  5. The tabs near the touchpad side like to be slid out.

The back cover has many foam pads that press against the internals.

The only heatsink in this laptop is this big metal plate. In most laptops, a fan or two blow directly through a heatsink with many fins. In the X Pro, heat spreads across the metal plate with the heatpipes’ help, warming up all the air inside the laptop. The small fan exhausts all this hot air and brings in new cool air using negative air pressure.

See the motherboard with the heatsink off. The Nvidia MX150 GPU gets a thermal pad as if it were an Intel iGPU. There is too much space between the chip and the heatsink to use thermal paste, so using a better thermal pad is the only viable upgrade.

The Nvidia MX150 (1D12 10W version) and its VRAM.

The motherboard has good component density. It’s also the thinnest I’ve seen. The coil whine is insane on my unit.

The miserably small fan can spin at nearly 9,000 RPM, but the bar under it (where a heatsink with fins would usually be) is just one of the WiFi antennas.

The fan is the model BAZA0504R5H made by Asia Vital Components and rated at 5V 0.5A. This means it could theoretically use 2.5W when spinning at max speed.

Look at how thin the fan is!

The copper base plate for the CPU.

The WiFi card (Intel AC-8275) is non-replaceable.

The pop-up webcam’s bottom and the tensioning springs for the hinge.

Although the SSD is awkwardly under the heatsink, it can be wiggled straight out. I bought my X Pro on Taobao.com in China and it came with with a Samsung PM981.

The speakers under the speaker grill are tiny tweeters.

Most of the sound comes from the bottom-facing speakers instead, which have much larger enclosures.

There is a cavity on each side of the touchpad, underneath the battery. They’re not quite big enough to fit extra battery cells or thick enough for the speaker enclosure to extend into it.

The back of the motherboard is covered with a plastic film. It doesn’t appear to be the kind of graphite sheet iPhones use to disperse heat. Instead, it’s probably to block heat from the keyboard for that pleasant “user experience”.

This is the motherboard’s back with the plastic film removed.

If your touchpad is loose or rattles, read this.

If you want to get rid of throttling and unlock more performance, read this.

16 comments

  1. Great tutorial!

    When I was trying to remove bottom cover in my unit I noticed that something is keeping it attached to the rest of the computer in the very middle (after prying all of the plastic tabs on the periphery off). I didn’t dare to pull too hard. Did you experience something similar? What was your solution?

  2. With the gap on the igpu any recommendations for another thermal pad or think it possible to use a combination of both to improve the temps? Awesome job on the teardown,

  3. Have you tried installing ubuntu 18.04 LTS? I’m interested in getting this laptop if it works with ubuntu.

    1. I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on it and EVERYTHING worked out of the box. First time that has ever happened. Brightness / sound adjust buttons, Wifi, bluetooth…. it runs really good and ubuntu looks really good in 3k resolution!

  4. I noticed you’re showing a PM981 in the picture of the M.2 slot. Is that the drive that shipped with the Matebook?

    1. Oops, I am so sorry. Now I realized that my X Pro did actually come with a PM981. I didn’t even notice when I took it out and replaced it with my larger 1TB 960 Pro!

  5. You mention that there’s too much space between the heatsink and the MX150 to use thermal paste, How thick/thin of a thermal pad do you recommend to use here?

  6. If you remove the plastic film, is that permanent? Or can it be put back if needed? Also, how do the thermal pads stay in place on the back side of the motherboard? I thought they generally don’t stick, or are they thick enough to sit against the body without moving?

    Thank you for all these guides, I really appreciate it!

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