Without particular hype, Huawei has announced two new laptops in China, or two updates to the MateBook range, with 12th generation Intel H-series processors.
With smartphones a little held back by the US ban which prevents the use of Google services, the Chinese brand Huawei is gradually recalibrating its offer towards home automation and productivity: in the latter sector the presentation has recently taken place. of the MateBook 16s and MateBook D16 notebooks.
In the first case, with a design and look inspired by the MacBook Pro 16, there is the MateBook 16s laptop (at 351 x 254.9 x 17.8 mm, for 1.99 kg), with silver or gray finish, two upfiring speakers facing up on the sides of the keyboard, surrounded by a black finish like the screen. For the latter, a 16-inch IPS LCD panel was adopted, resolved at 2,520 x 1,680 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 3: 2, a screen-to-body of 90%, 300 nits of brightness, 1,500: 1 of contrast, 189 PPI pixels per inch, 100% coverage on the SRGB color scale and high color accuracy (Delta E of <1).
According to what was communicated by the manufacturer, the notebook focuses on 12th generation Intel processors, Alder Lake family, H series, to be chosen, after the intermediate i5-12500H, between a handsome i7-12700H and an impressive i9-12900H, unfortunately in none of these cases with a dedicated GPU: the processing setting in all 3 cases includes the integrated Iris Xe GPUs. For the LPDDR4x RAM the amount is always 16 GB, while the SSD storage, NVMe PCI, is provided for 512 GB or 1 TB.
This gives rise to three combinations, with the one that mounts the Core i5-12500H together with 512 GB of SSD sold for 6,999 yuan (979 euros), the one with Core i7-12700H and 512 GB priced at 7,999 yuan (1,119 euros) and that with i9-12900H + 1 TB scheduled at 9,999 yuan (1,399 euros). The 84 Wh battery is charged thanks to a 135W power supply included in the kit.
The MateBook D16 declines its 16 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels: the contrast drops to 1,200: 1, but both 300 nits of brightness and 100% on the sRGB scale remain. Always animated by iGPU Iris Xe, also in this case the Intel Alder Lake H series processors operate, but with a choice between an i5-12500H or an i7-12700: the LPDDR4x RAM reaches 16 GB, against 512 GB as the only cut of the NVMe PCIe SSD storage: The 60 Wh battery is charged here using an included 65W charger. On sale, the MateBook D16 arrives, from June 6, in China, at a price of 5,699 yuan (767 euros) for the Core i5 version and 6,699 yuan (937 euros) for the one with i7.