Compact notebooks with a powerful H processor were previously a Ryzen-dominated niche. The new Huawei MateBook 14s follows the same concept, but uses an Intel processor: The Core i7-11370H comes from the Tiger Lake-H35 series launched at the beginning of the year.
These are drilled-out quad-core processors that offer less computing power than AMD’s mobile Ryzen with up to eight cores. The choice is more consistent within the Intel universe because there is no additional GPU in the MateBook 14s. The 3D performance stands and falls with the integrated graphics unit, and the Tiger Lake-H35 is fully equipped with 96 execution units (Iris Xe). Tiger Lake-H45 would have eight CPU cores, but only one slimmed-down graphics unit with just 32 EU (UHD). That is not enough even for casual games (see also review of the Dell XPS 17 with a Core i5-11400H).
3: 2 with 90 Hz
The screen is a 14-inch touchscreen in the work-friendly 3: 2 format with high resolution (2520 × 1680 pixels), which, if desired, runs not with the usual 60 Hertz, but also with 90 Hertz. The mouse pointer then flows more smoothly across the screen, the same applies when scrolling on websites. There is a webcam in the frame above the screen – this is worth mentioning because Huawei had previously placed the camera in the keyboard, which meant that you would appear from a low-angle perspective that took some getting used to in video conferences.
One of the two USB-C sockets speaks of Thunderbolt 4. Thanks to a USB-A socket and a normal-sized HDMI output, you can connect existing peripherals without an adapter. The 1.4 kilogram heavy notebook is said to provide up to 9 hours of runtime when playing 1080p videos on one charge.
The MateBook 14s costs 1300 euros with a Core i7-11370H, 16 GByte soldered memory (LPDDR4X-3733) and a 512 GByte SSD; with a 1 TB SSD with otherwise unchanged equipment, the cost is 1500 euros. The cheaper model is available in a gray (“Space Gray”) or green (“Spruce Green”) metal case, the more expensive model only in gray. Anyone who pre-orders the notebook from today will receive a monitor (Huawei Display 23.8 “) and a pair of in-ear earplugs (Huawei FreeBuds 4i) free of charge; delivery is scheduled to begin on October 12th. Huawei pre-installs Windows 10 Home; the free upgrade to the new Windows 11 should be possible this year.
You will find a detailed test of the Huawei MateBook 14s in one of the upcoming c’t issues.