Huawei MateBook D (2018) Disassembly and SSD, RAM, HDD upgrade options

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The Huawei MateBook D (2018) has released silver and obsidian black two new variants in the early of this January. The laptop we will disassemble is powered by Intel’s eighth-generation Core processor coupled with NVIDIA MX150 independent graphics card. Its performance has been greatly improved. The laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 and 128GB SSD coupled with 1TB HDD.
Huawei MateBook D (2018)

display
The MateBook D (2018) features a 15.6-inch 1,080p anti-glare display. As a thin and lightweight laptop, the variant’s thickness only reaches 16.8mm (the thickest part), and it weighs 1.9kg. The narrow bezel design makes the laptop look small and exquisite.

ports on the left
The laptop adopts all-metal design and has applied the brief design on each surface with good touch feeling. The ports on the left include two USB3.0 ports, a USB2.0 port a standard HDMI port and two-in-one audio port. The MateBook D (2018) provides small portable power adapter.

ports on the right
The right side of the laptop only provides a USB2.0 port. This variant doesn’t come with a fingerprint reader and an all-in-one SD slot. It doesn’t feature a backlit keyboard.

back cover
It is the laptop’s back cover.

prepare tool
The screws on the back are of the same specification. The internal screws have the different specification. Prepare the relative tool for the disassembly.

remove the hidden screws
Except for visible screws, there are also four mats on the back cover. First of all, remove the hidden screws under two mats. The mats are stuck by the double-sided tape.

remove back cover
After removing all screws from the back cover, we can separate the back cover from the laptop body. The back cover is thin.

back cover
There are snaps on the verge of the back cover. We need to be meticulous to avoid breaking snaps while removing the back cover.

heat dissipation module
It is the internal structure. The laptop has a compact design on its internal structure. We can see a fan at the left top corner. The fan and copper pipe constitute the heat dissipation module. The processor and graphics card are placed under the copper pipe.

internal components
We can see that the M.2 port SSD and a 2.5-inch HDD on the left. The black chunk on the right is the battery. Two speakers are placed on the left and right.

power off the laptop
If you want to continue the disassembly of the rest accessories, you need to power off the internal structure.

SSD and HDD
The silver Huawei MateBook D (2018) comes with a 128GB SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD, which can be changed. For most users, there is no need to upgrade. Of course, you can use two SSD.

Wi-Fi module
Here is Intel’s Wi-Fi module. The Wi-Fi module needs to be taken out while disassembling the motherboard.

speakers
There is no need to remove two speakers on the two sides. All we need is to disconnect the cable which connects the speakers to the motherboard.

remove the motherboard
These ports are wielded on the motherboard. The USB port on the motherboard adopts independent design. Remove the screws used to fix the motherboard near the port while disassembling the motherboard. Besides, remove the screws from the hinge, and then the motherboard can be taken out.

fan
The USB port uses independent circuit board. The fan can be removed.

battery
The laptop sports a three-chip 3800mAh battery which can work approximately 9 hours. The battery is fixed by screws. We can easily take out the battery.

battery
The battery is thin.

internal structure without the battery
It is the internal structure without the battery. After removing the battery, we can continue to disassemble other accessories.

SSD
The MateBook D (2018) comes with SanDisk’s X400 128GB SATA3 SSD with the M.2 port.

SanDisk SSD port
It is the SanDisk SSD with M.2 SATA 3 port.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Curious, what kind of connector does the display use if I need to source a replacement? Is it a 40-pin? Will a similar lcd be compatible if I can’t find an exact model screen from the manufacturer?

    • Please use a thin plastic tool insert between the cover and laptop body, and slide the tool to release these snaps.

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