Huawei’s new MateBook 16s is its most powerful laptop to date

Huawei has only been making laptops for 6 years, but it has already made major breakthroughs in a crowded market. There are no signs of business slowing down anytime soon. A month after their unveiling in China, two new 16-inch laptops were officially launched in Europe. Updated MateBook D 16 replaces AMD with Intel, but it’s the all-new MateBook 16s that’s getting attention.

It’s Huawei’s most powerful laptop yet, powered by performance-focused processors from Intel’s latest 12th generation lineup. You have a choice between Core i5-12500H, Core i7-12700H, and eventually Core i9-12900H. You also get 16GB of DDR5 RAM and 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage.

So daily performance will be excellent, but that doesn’t make it an ideal option for everyone. The MateBook 16s uses integrated Iris Xe graphics rather than a discrete GPU, so if gaming is your top priority, it’s worth looking into a gaming laptop.

Huawei is ditching the unflattering webcams, which were previously hidden under the keyboard, and the MateBook 16s puts the camera in its natural place above the screen. It is a 2-megapixel camera that offers 1080p recording with an 88-degree field of view, and there are also two microphones. More importantly, the so-called smart conference camera has a feature called Eye Contact that makes other participants in a video call appear as though you are looking at them instead of looking at the screen under the camera. And with Sound TrueVoice, background noise is reduced and your voice becomes clearer.

The 16 inch screen is an LCD screen, not an OLED screenbut it has High Resolution 2520 x 1680 pixels. The slim bezel gives the device a 90% screen-to-body ratio, but Huawei only advertises 300 nits of brightness. This won’t be very useful if you want to use your MateBook 16s outdoors.

The generous 84Wh battery means the battery life should be long, and there’s a 90W adapter in the box for what Huawei calls fast charging. This uses one of two USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 4), but there are also two USB-A ports, a full-size HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. A fingerprint sensor is built into the power button, but there is no infrared sensor for Windows Hello face unlock.

Huawei MateBook D 16 is ready for the hybrid office era

The Huawei MateBook D 16 features an aluminum body that is 18.4 mm thick and weighs 1.7 kgNot so much for a 16-inch laptop. It features a 16:10 IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a pixel density of 142 ppi, and promises great picture quality with 100% sRGB coverage, 1200:1 contrast ratio, and 300 nits brightness.

There are two processor options – Intel Core i5-12450H or Core i7-12700H. The first is equipped with a UHD graphics card (48 EU, 1.2 GHz), and the second is with a more efficient Iris Xe graphics card (96 EU, 1.4 GHz). There is no option for custom graphics.

You can configure the laptop with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, and storage is fixed at 512 GB (SSD NVMe). The laptop has a 60Wh battery and two USB-C ports that can be used for charging (one of which also powers a DisplayPort). In addition, there is a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a combo mic jack. The MateBook D 16 comes with a 65W power adapter and USB cable.

Price and release date

The MateBook 16s is available on the Huawei website. This is the Core i7 model, and its price is 1699.99 euros. If you pre-order the MateBook 16s until July 12, you will receive a 27-inch Huawei MateView GT display for free. If you want a MateBook 16s with a Core i9 MateBook 16s, it costs $1,899.99, and goes on sale in September.

The MateBook D 16 is available in i5 16GB/512GB version at €999.99And the i7 16 GB / 512 GB version is priced at 1299.99 euros. It’s currently for pre-order with the Huawei Display AD80’s 23.8-inch display going on through July 12th.

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