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Huawei MateBook 13 Review: The Most Powerful 13″ Full-Screen Laptop

On November 6, 2018, Huawei officially launched the new HUAWEI MateBook series at the Wuhan Research Institute. It was the first product of the series sporting a 13-inch full-screen. The thin and light HUAWEI MateBook 13 is equipped with the latest eighth Generation Core Duo processor as well as the high-performance version MX150 graphics card.

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For the PC industry, Huawei released its first product in 2016. It was a starter from scratch. However, just like the Huawei smartphone, which is currently shocking to the world, Huawei Computer has been a long-lost notebook in the past two years.

However, everything changed when the company launched its most impressive Windows-camp high-end notebook in 2018, namely the Huawei MateBook X Pro. It comes with a 91% screen ratio, a hidden camera, a two-in-one fingerprint reader placed under the power button, a 3K resolution touchscreen, and many innovative features.

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Huawei is also the first to introduce the comprehensive screen concept of the smartphone industry into notebooks. The MateBook X Pro has a 91% screen ratio as well as a 3:2 aspect ratio.

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As a new series of products of Huawei MateBook family, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 also inherits Huawei’s comprehensive screen design. The borders on both sides of the screen are as narrow as 4.4mm, and the screen ratio is as high as 88%. In addition, our HUAWEI MateBook 13 is equipped with Intel’s Whiskey Lake i7-8565U processor and a 25W-power high-performance version MX150 graphics card. So the performance is worth looking forward to.

Huawei MateBook 13 Appearance

The A side of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is made of an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy. The entire A surface is made of a single piece of aluminum alloy. So it brings a strong integrated feeling. The metal surface uses a precision ceramic sandblasting, matte texture and convergence. The strong metallic luster also makes the touch smoother.

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The screen comes with 4.4mm ultra-narrow bezels on the left and right sides, the width of the forehead and chin is also quite tight. With a narrow bezel design, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 has an 88% of the ultra-high screen ratio.

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Apart from the ultra-high screen ratio, the parameters of this screen are also very impressive. Its resolution is 2160×1440, reaching the 2K level, the 200ppi guarantees great viewing experience, the screen ratio is 3:2, which can display more content vertically than the conventional 16:9 screen, it has a 100% sRGB color gamut and a brightness of 300 nits.

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On such a narrow forehead, Huawei still installed a front camera.

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There is a small Huawei logo at the bottom of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 screen.

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Next is the C-face of the HUAWEI MateBook 13, which is still made of aluminum alloy. Even if the palm is placed at the palm rest for a long time, you won’t feel any inconvenience.

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As for the keyboard, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 adopts the 87-key design, which allows the laptop to have a full-size keyboard.

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Like the X and X Pro products in the Huawei MateBook family, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is also equipped with a fingerprint power button for security.

The most amazing feature of this button is that the fingerprint-type power button only needs to be clicked once. Once done, the computer can complete the boot + fingerprint recognition simultaneously. As you know, many other products with the same approach require a dual-click – one for booting and one for unlocking the screen.

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In addition, Huawei further optimized the keyboard, keystrokes and keycap dimensions. It can be seen that the keyboard is almost in close proximity to the edge of the fuselage. It is only about 2mm away from the edge, almost increasing the utilization of the C-plane to the extreme.

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In the lower right corner of the C side, in addition to the familiar Intel Blue Label, Huawei also posted a HUAWEI Share logo here to remind users that this area is dedicated to the HUAWEI Share 3.0 one-touch function area, which is convenient for smartphone transmission. By the way, the HUAWEI Share 3.0 is also one of the main functions of the HUAWEI MateBook 13, and we will experience it in detail later.

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On the right side of the fuselage, there is only one Type-C interface.

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On the left side of the fuselage, there is only one Type-C port (and power port) and a 3.5mm 2-in-1 audio interface.

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The D side of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is also very neat, with the speaker openings on the left and right sides.

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The HUAWEI MateBook 13’s foot pad is very large and suitable for all kinds of desktops. It plays a certain role in anti-slip fixing.

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The HUAWEI MateBook 13 comes standard with a power adapter that has a maximum power of 65W.

Huawei MateBook 13 Performance

The HUAWEI MateBook 13 is powered by the i7-8565U processor and the memory combination of 8+256GB.

Readers who are used to the end of 8250/8550 may have questions. What is the level of this i7-8565U?

In fact, this CPU is the same as the i5-8250U/i7-8550U and it belongs to the eight-generation Core low-voltage processor sequence. But the difference is that the i7-8565U uses the more advanced Whiskey Lake 14nm process instead of the previous Kaby Lake 14nm process. Though both use the same 14nm, under the polishing of Intel, Whiskey Lake’s performance is undoubtedly better.

Due to the advanced technology, the i7-8565U’s core frequency has been greatly improved, compared with the highest frequency of 8550U. It is increased by 600MHz!

So there is no doubt that the processor performance of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is significantly higher than most of the thin and light i7-8550U on the market.

CPU-Z

In the test of CPU-Z, it can be clearly seen that the multi-core score of this i7-8565U on the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is extremely dusty, even more than 140% of the seven-generation low-voltage processor i7-7500U! The single-core running score is also more than 33% of the i5-8250U.

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CineBench R15

In the CineBench R15 test, the multi-core running score of the i7-8565U is still the highest, 21% higher than the i7-8550U, which is the same as the 8th generation low-voltage processor. The single-core or multi-core score exceeds the 7-gen standard voltage processor i7-7700HQ! Of course, limited by TDP, the i7-8565U can’t stay at such a high performance for a long time, but the transient performance is so strong that it is also tremor.

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3DMark

You can see that the high-performance version of the MX150 is very powerful. In the CloudGate test, it runs 81% more than the Intel HDU620. It is 130% of the previous generation of thin and light 940MX! In the SkyDriver test, the performance of the MX150 is even stronger, and the running score is more than doubled.

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Hard disk test

Here we used the CrytalDiskMark software to test the hard disk speed of the HUAWEI MateBook 13.

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The HUAWEI MateBook 13 in our hands is the 256GB version with a continuous read speed of 2.7GB/s and a continuous write speed of 630MB/s.

Huawei MateBook 13 Experience

HUAWEI Share 3.0 one-touch transmission experience

On the Huawei Mate 20 launch conference, the company said that the upcoming HUAWEI MateBook 13 will support HUAWEI Share 3.0 touch transmission function, with a transmission speed of up to 30MB/s, in theory. So with a single touch, the Mate 20 series phones will transfer up to 1000 photos to your notebook in two minutes.

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It is worth mentioning that the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is the first product to support HUAWEI Share 3.0 touch pass function. So you can implement two-way transfers with a single touch if your smartphone supports this function.

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Once the phone is recognized, the computer will automatically pop up a window to confirm whether to link the phone.

At the same time, after the picture from the smartphone is transmitted to the PC, the PC can automatically recognize the text in it, which is convenient for the user to copy and edit.

High-performance version MX150 experience

The MX150 is the latest mobile graphics card released by NVIDIA launched this year. It is an upgraded version of the previously used thin and light GeForce 940MX graphics card.

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The MX150 is not a model versatile. It is divided into 8W/25W versions according to power consumption. The MX150 with 8W power consumption is more used in thin and light notebooks. The high-performance version of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 comes with the 25W power consumption.

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Let’s see how this version of the graphics card performs in comparison to the 8W variant. The model it is tested on is the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3.

It can be seen that in the two 3DMark tests, the high-performance MX150 graphics card running on this notebook is 34% and 30% higher than the 8W version MX150. So the performance gap is very obvious.

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We also selected the most popular MOBA game the League of Legends to test. The game resolution is adjusted to 2K, while the picture quality is the highest.

Even under the pressure of 2K resolution, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 still maintains a super high frame number of more than 100 frames, which is enough to match some desktop computers.

Cooling experience

We use 3DMark to test the heat dissipation performance of the HUAWEI MateBook 13. After running the 3DMark test for 20 minutes, we measured the temperature of the keyboard WASD area. It was around 33 degrees.

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The hottest area of the C surface appears at the vent of the shaft, at around 38 degrees.

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You can see that the HUAWEI MateBook 13 has an excellent heat dissipation efficiency due to its CPU and GPU heat source separation design. The intelligent linkage system with dual fans and dual heat pipes is equipped with Huawei shark fin fan version 2.0, which can effectively reduce the machine’s temperature.

Conclusion

In 2012, Yu Chengdong, who took over Huawei’s mobile business with ‘sudden tragic and desperate mood’. Now it is the number one smartphone brand in China and third in the world. This company could reach such heights in 6 years only. Seeing the growth rate of Huawei PC products, there is every reason to think Huawei will repeat this success as well.

Back in the past, if you seriously study the development path of Huawei’s phone or PC businesses, you will find that Huawei does not have any amazing ‘magic’. Instead, it is relying on solid innovation to win the respect of consumers and the market.

This company was the first to bring AI to the mobile processors, the Kirin 970 and 980. It was the first to come in with the revolutionary graphics optimization technology called GPU Turbo. It is also the first to come in with a notebook sporting up to 91% ultra-high screen ratio. This list can last forever, as we even didn’t mention the fingerprint power button, hidden front camera, etc. These are the innovative designs and technologies that Huawei first proposed and implemented.

Back to the HUAWEI MateBook 13 product, the emergence of HUAWEI Share 3.0 has made up for the blank of the file transfer method under Windows system. So Windows users get the experience comparable to Apple Airdrop.

In addition, the powerful performance makes the HUAWEI MateBook 13 stand out. Although it only improves the frequency, the polished 14nm Whiskey Lak process is amazingly improved. The performance improvement of the i7-8565U is the same as the low-voltage processor running the eight-generation Core.

The 25W high-performance version of the MX150 graphics card guarantees a desktop-like graphics performance. The performance of the League of Legends 2K resolution over 100 frames makes it the most powerful 13-inch full-screen thin and light notebook.

In general, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is a typical Huawei notebook, with solid materials and workmanship, combined with tireless innovation, making it a rare notebook product on the market. But according to the information disclosed, it is sold. The price will be known in December, but it will definitely be competitive in Huawei style

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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