Huawei has been making laptops for only 6 years, but has already made significant inroads into a crowded market. And there is no sign that business is slowing down. One month after being unveiled in China, two new 16-inch laptops have been officially launched in Europe. Updated MateBook D 16 replaces AMD with Intel, but it’s the brand new MateBook 16s that get the buzz.
It’s Huawei’s most powerful laptop to date, powered by performance – focused processors from Intel’s latest 12th generation lineup. You have the choice between Core i5-12500H, Core i7-12700H and at the high end Core i9-12900H. You also get 16 GB DDR5 RAM and 512 GB or 1 TB SSD storage space.
Daily performance will therefore be excellent, but that does not make it an ideal option for everyone. The MateBook 16s uses Iris Xe integrated graphics rather than a discrete GPU, so if gaming is your top priority, it’s worth looking at a dedicated gaming laptop.
Huawei drops its unflattering webcams, which were previously hidden under the keyboard, and the MateBook 16s places the camera in its natural position above the screen. It is a 2-megapixel camera that offers 1080p recording with an 88 ° field of view and there are also two microphones. More importantly, the so-called Smart Conference Camera has a feature called Eye Contact, which makes other participants in a video call look as if 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 sounds clearer.
The 16-inch screen is an LCD screen rather than an OLED screenbut it has a high resolution of 2520 × 1680 pixels. A sleek frame gives the device a 90% screen-to-body ratio, but Huawei only announces 300 nits maximum brightness. It will not be very useful if you want to use the MateBook 16s outdoors.
A generous 84Wh battery means 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 supports Thunderbolt 4), but there are also two USB-A ports, a full-size HDMI and a 3.5mm headphone jack. A fingerprint sensor is built into the power button, but there is no IR sensor for Windows Hello face lock.
Huawei MateBook D 16, ready for the hybrid office era
Huawei MateBook D 16 has an aluminum chassis that measures 18.4 mm thick and weighs 1.7 kg, which is not much for a 16-inch laptop. It has a 16:10 IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a pixel density of 142 ppi and promises an impressive image quality with 100% sRGB coverage, a 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 the UHD graphics card (48 EU, 1.2 GHz), the second with the more efficient Iris Xe graphics card (96 EU, 1.4 GHz). There is no option for dedicated graphics.
You can configure the laptop with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, storage is set at 512 GB (SSD NVMe). The laptop has a 60Wh battery and two USB-C ports that can be used for charging (one of them also does DisplayPort). In addition, there is a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack. The MateBook D 16 comes with the necessary 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 it costs 1,699.99 euros. If you pre-order a MateBook 16s until July 12, you get a 27-inch Huawei MateView GT display for free. If you want the MateBook 16s with the Core i9 MateBook 16s, it costs $ 1,899.99 and goes on sale in September.
The MateBook D 16 is available in a 16 GB / 512 GB i5 version for 999.99 euros, and the i7 16 GB / 512 GB version for 1299.99 euros. It is currently ready for pre-order with the 23.8-inch Huawei Display AD80 offered until July 12th.