Huawei MateBook 16S (2022) review: our full review – Laptops

New for lovers of large diagonals: Huawei expands its S range to 16 inches with the MateBook 16S. Successful conversion? Answer in our test.

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Ah Huawei, the famous computer manufacturer. At least that’s apparently the plan for the Chinese brand, which after being banned from the smartphone world is trying to find a whiff of sanctity on the PC. And at the moment it has been a success: by offering very good configurations in timeless designs and at reasonable prices, Huawei has been able to easily find a foothold in this ultra-competitive market. The Huawei MateBook 16S is a newcomer to the S series, which so far only has room for 13 and 14 inch diagonals. Will he succeed in convincing as much as his brothers before him?

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Technical sheet

Model Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)
Screen size

16 inches

Definition

2520 x 1680 pixels

Display technology

LCD

Touch screen

Yes

Processor (CPU)

Core i9-12900H

Graphics chip (GPU)

Intel Iris Xe

Memory (RAM)

16 GB

Internal memory

512 GB, 1 TB

Wi-Fi standard

Wi-Fi 6E

Bluetooth version

5.2

Operating System (OS)

Microsoft Windows 11

Dimensions

351 x 17.8 x 254.9 mm

Weight

1990 grams

Repair Index?

7.4/10

Price

€1,599

Product sheet

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Design

If you’re already familiar with the style of Huawei computers, you won’t be surprised. The MateBook 16S continues to present itself as a laptop integrated into a single metal block with very little purple reflections. We’re almost at the border between MacBook and Surface. Thus, the general design takes up the rounded lines of the first, when the 3:2 format is quite relative to the second. That said, no worries: the construction is solid and the charisma timeless.

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Finally, the most striking point of this design is the giant Huawei logo in the mirror cluster on the back of the device. The manufacturer really seems to want all passers-by and curious people to know at a glance who you are buying from. It’s not very discreet, nor is it intrusive; it’s just noticeable. Its weight of 2 kg can also be a slight disappointment, at least compared to other proposals like the LG Gram 16. Nevertheless, it remains respectable considering its diagonal.

Keyboard and touchpad

The earth conquered once again on the side of the keyboard. If you’ve ever touched the keyboard of an ultraportable PC released in recent years, you’ll quickly recognize the lightness and bounce of the keys. Most notable is their size and spacing; The Huawei MateBook 16S has chosen not to integrate the numeric keypad generally found on 16-inch models. We also take advantage of this absence to stick the speakers on the sides.

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The touchpad is very large and made of glass, which allows it to offer a perfect glide. Basically, this configuration has the effect of having a classic 13.3-inch laptop that we would have enlarged to let all its elements breathe. Some users would certainly prefer to have the numeric keypad, but this choice makes sense and maximizes the comfort of the Huawei MateBook 16S.

plug

On the left we can find a classic USB-C 3.2 port as well as a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port. Next to it is an HDMI port and the combo jack port. On the right we can enjoy two full size USB-A 3.2s and that’s it.

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The presence of an HDMI port is significant, but we would have liked to have found an SD card reader. This is common on 16-inch configurations that are often dedicated to productivity and creativity, and its absence on the MateBook 16S will force them to take a dedicated dongle with them.

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webcam and sound

A Full HD webcam that you will find anywhere, with a small layer of artificial intelligence for automatic cropping. There is no miracle; the quality is similar to all the other devices on the market, either… bof.

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On the sound side, it must be acknowledged that the MateBook 16S performs slightly better than average. The placement of the speakers immediately gives it sympathy, and these are still better than most of the references we test every week. Note the well-defined treble, but which lacks a bit of finesse, and very well-constructed mids. The bass is not completely absent, as it can be on smartphones, but incredibly timid. We therefore don’t really want to count on it, but everything rounds off the corners to offer a satisfying experience.

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Screen

Huawei knows it: on the MateBook 16S and a general 16-inch format, the screen must be one of the stars of the show. It is therefore equipped with a 16-inch 10-bit IPS LCD panel that supports a definition of 2520 x 1680 pixels, i.e. a ratio of 3:2. The screen itself is 10-point touch sensitive.

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Under our probe and via the DisplayCAL software, we already note a maximum brightness of 320 cd/m², which corresponds to the 300 cd/m² promised by the manufacturer. But 320 cd/m² isn’t exactly comfortable, as it means the screen is hard to read in direct sunlight. This applies all the more with a touch screen, which is naturally shiny and therefore subject to reflections. Huawei therefore keeps what it promises, but it is not particularly exciting.

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The panel itself is capable of covering 92.4% of the sRGB space, but only goes to 63.7% of the Adobe RGB space and 65.5% of the DCI-P3 space. It’s not particularly bad, not particularly good: just basic. The color temperature is raised to 6311K, again correct, for an average Delta E00 of 2.59, a very good color calibration therefore. The contrast ratio is measured at 1477:1, which is very good for an IPS LCD screen.

What emerges from our tests is more or less this: the screen is good. It doesn’t stand out, nor is it bad; he gives the expected effort. We still would have liked a better factory calibration, as the integrated 10-bit panel is certainly capable of much better.

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Software

Windows 11 and a fairly limited amount of pre-installed adware, which is nice. Huawei still includes its own “PC Manager” suite, the main purpose of which is to connect a Huawei smartphone and tablet to your laptop.

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The manufacturer also includes a control panel inspired by smartphones to find some interesting shortcuts, and an assistant pane, which is not very useful. Note that you will be able to take advantage of Windows Hello thanks to the fingerprint reader integrated into the power button of the device.

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Performance

In our test configuration, the Huawei MateBook 16S is equipped with an Intel Core i7-12700H SoC. It is a latest generation processor from Intel with 14 cores, 6 P cores and 8 E cores, capable of clocking up to 4.7 GHz in Turbo mode. It is here paired with 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a 1 TB SSD in PCI-E Gen 4. The latter is also formatted by default to offer a system partition of 120 GB and a second data partition of 814 GB.

General benchmarks

No unpleasant surprises regarding the performance of this Intel Core i7-12700H. On the contrary: it behaves exactly as expected with a single core score of 1792 points and a multi-core score of 13,619 points on Cinebench R23. The same goes for its score of 5923 points on PCMark 10. The integrated Iris Xe GPU of 96 EU also offers the expected performance, which allows you to play a few light games in complete relaxation.

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The SSD also delivers the performance expected of a PCIe Gen 4 SSD.

Cooling and noise

It is certainly on this point that the Huawei MateBook 16S is the most interesting. It offers these performances without ever getting really hot. It never exceeds 40°C at the most important points of the PC, especially where the user would naturally rest their hands or legs. The configuration has been thoroughly researched to promote comfort in use in all circumstances.

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Autonomy

The Huawei MateBook 16s is equipped with an 84 Wh battery, which is recharged via USB-C via an included 90W power supply. Since the computer uses Power Delivery, you will be able to recharge it with any charging block using this standard, even with lower capacity. Thanks standards!

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On the autonomy side, we are unable to give you our usual PCMark 10 test. But in use, we can count on the MateBook 16 s to last a full day of office automation and regular multitasking (typing, YouTube, background music and web browsing with brightness set to average). It actually lasts 10 hours without pinching, which is very good for such a diagonal.

Huawei MateBook 16S (2022)Price and availability

The Huawei MateBook 16s in our test configuration is already available in France. It is sold at the recommended price of 1699.99 euros.

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