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Hands-On: Huawei introduces new MateBooks D16, 16S & D14

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Hands-On: Huawei introduces new MateBooks D16, 16S & D14

Huawei has presented three new MateBooks: MateBook D16 & MateBook 16S offer exciting innovations. The D14 also gets an upgrade. We were already allowed to try them out in Berlin.

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Huawei’s MateBooks stand for high-quality Windows laptops that have indulged in various “style borrowings” from certain Apple products. All new products continue this trend with their aluminum cases, large touchpads and crisp keyboards.

Huawei MateBook D16

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So far, the D series has often included the cheaper laptops with a conventional 16:9 format. This is changing with the new MateBook D16. Like the non-D models, the 16″ full HD display now comes in a more practical 16:10 ratio.

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This can also be found in MacBooks, among other things, and offers a little more space above and below, which can be an advantage in Excel spreadsheets or creative programs. Despite the large IPS screen, the weight of the D16 is within limits: it weighs 1.7 kg and shouldn’t be too noticeable in university backpacks and business bags.

Inside, Intel core processors of the 12th generation work in the particularly strong H version as Core i5-12450H or Core i7-12700H (here you can find out more about the different Intel CPUs.) In addition to more cores and higher performance the battery life of the 60Wh battery also benefits from Intel’s innovative hybrid architecture. Both versions have 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.

Another positive development can be reported with the webcam: Huawei uses a 1080p variant, which is supposed to ensure a significantly better image quality in video calls. In addition, she can “follow” you and is no longer in the keyboard, but in the “right place”: at the top of the frame. Improved WiFi performance and a so-called “Super Device Function” are also available on paper. The latter ensures a smooth connection with other Huawei devices.

As of today, the MateBook D16 is available in stores and costs from 949 euros with an Intel Core i5, according to the press release (999 euros according to the on-site presentation). You can get the larger Core i7 variant from 1,299 euros. It is therefore very close to the quasi-predecessor MateBook 16, which we have tested for you here.

Huawei MateBook 16S

The notebooks with a single number or their generation upgrades with an S appendix (eg MateBook 14 / MateBook 14S) sit in a performance class above the D models. So the MateBook 16S is the actual successor to the AMD-powered MateBook 16.

Huawei MateBook 16S

Compared to the predecessor, Huawei has rethought some features: As with the D model, an improved 1080p webcam is also used here. In addition, the 16:10 IPS display is said to be even more color-accurate thanks to 3D LUT calibration (Delta E<1) and now offers 10-finger multi-touch – a point that we also wished for in the review of the predecessor. The resolution of 2520×1680 pixels remains the same.

On the other hand, the most changes are under the hood: Huawei also relies exclusively on Intel CPUs from the H series in the 12th generation (i7-12700H & i9-12900H) in the 16S. An Intel EVO badge guarantees long battery life with the 90Wh battery. In contrast to the D model, the processors in the 16S also support Thunderbolt 4, which allows for a variety of connection options. All models have 16GB of RAM and an SSD with 1TB of storage space.

In terms of price, the 16S is well above the D16. Sure, it should be aimed primarily at professional creative people and business people who want a desktop replacement. Personally, I would have hoped for a dedicated graphics unit. 😉 At least you can connect an external GPU via Thunderbolt 4.

It starts at 1,699 euros for the variant with Core i7. The MateBook 16S with Core i9 will appear in mid-July with an RRP of 1,899 euros.

Huawei MateBook D14

The D14 is also getting an update: new Intel processors from the P series are now being installed here. For example, the Core i7-1260P is used, which should offer massive multi-core performance in the 14″ notebook with up to 16 threads. It is supported by up to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. A variant with an Intel Core i5-1235U is also available. However, this has to make do with 8GB of RAM.

However, the 720p webcam, the tried-and-tested aluminum case and the generously sized input devices seem to remain the same. With the exception of the webcam, there was not much to complain about in the predecessor.

The price of the D14 goes up a few steps: the smaller version starts at an RRP of 849 euros, while the top model costs 1,099 euros.

What do you think of the new releases? Let us know in the comments section.

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