Huawei MateBook 16s, the last member of the Huawei laptop family, is one of the most ambitious MateBook models of recent years. It was one of the products shown at the global Huawei product promotion event held in Istanbul in the past months, and it was among the devices I was most curious about, along with MatePad Paper. Because this time, a laptop that was said to be able to handle video editing and heavy workloads was introduced.
Huawei MateBook 16s – Design and Display Features
The main improvements of the new MateBook are the display, keyboard and case. as a matter of fact MateBook The 16s doesn’t look much different from other MateBook models, but with some improvements, the device has a much more refined design.
While the frames are getting thinner, the camera, which we usually see integrated into the F keys of the keyboard, has been moved to its original place, namely to the top of the screen. It has 1080p resolution and can offer 88-degree viewing angle.
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The case of the Huawei MateBook 16s is made of solid metal. The case, which is made of aluminum alloy metal material, has undergone a special process called CNC Ceramic Sandblasting. This system is already used in many different areas and allows the surface to be smoothed easily. You can easily feel it when you start using the device when you touch the case.
Another nice addition to the MateBook 16s is that it can be opened easily with one hand. It is a top-class computer in terms of both appearance and user experience, as the weight balance and hinge quality are made of top-class materials.
The touchpad area is also very large, thanks to the 16-inch form factor. The new touchpad called CAM1 is very easy to use and you can easily handle your operations without mouse support. Since the screen is touch-sensitive, the two interfaces can support each other continuously. In addition, thanks to the large area provided, you can use Huawei Share features by touching your smartphone to the Touchpad area.
The internal speakers of the device are placed on either side of the keyboard. The sound quality of the speakers is top notch. Thanks to the acoustic support provided by the large case area, you can use this laptop both while watching movies and doing your daily work without the need for any headphones or additional speaker support.
The MateBook 16s also manages to satisfy users when it comes to I/O ports. There is a Type-C port on the left side of the laptop. This port supports USB3.2 Gen1 and 5gigbit bandwidth. The second Type C slot is the Thunderbolt 4 port. You can charge your computer at high speed from these two connection ports. Another important connection on the left is the HDMI 2.0 output. Although wireless image transmission and transmission over Thunderbolt have become extremely popular, you may still need to project onto projectors over HDMI in meetings. In addition, thanks to the HDMI connection, users who will use an additional monitor but do not have a DP or Type-C monitor are considered. Next to the HDMI output is a 3.5 combo jack.
When we move to the right side, there are two USB3.2 Gen 1 ports here and they are in Type A structure. In short, the case of the MateBook 16s manages to attract attention with its rich port support.
The last important piece on the case is, of course, the keyboard itself. MateBooks are generally keyboard-strong machines. With the MateBook 16s, the keypress sensitivity has been improved over its predecessor, the MateBook 16. The distance has been reduced to 1.5 mm and pressing the keys has become much more pleasant, easy and smooth. Definitely one of the most important interfaces in laptops for me is the keyboard and I can easily say that the MateBook 16s does a good job in this regard.
On the top right of the keyboard is the power button. As a standard, there is also a fingerprint reader inside the power button. It has no problems in terms of feel and fingerprint reading speed. It works just as well with other MateBooks.
Now let’s get to the screen. Offering a huge 16-inch workspace, MateBook 16s offers 2K resolution, and thanks to its 3:2 aspect ratio, it can offer 8 percent more viewing area than similar 16-inch laptops. The brightness can go up to 300 nits and it has a contrast ratio of 1500:1. These are the values we are used to, and the features we are not used to are a little deeper. For example, the screen of the MateBook 16s offers hardware-level calibration solution. Since many other computer displays offer this calibration as a software solution, the display can only produce desired results in supported applications. At this point, Huawei 3D Lut comes into play and can provide calibration in all applications you open on your computer. Thus, you get much more consistent color accuracy. It can also provide 100% accuracy in the sRGB color space.
Another important feature of the screen is that it has a touch panel. Windows 11 is an operating system that has made good strides in touch control. Thanks to this, the touch controls of the MateBook 16s also work very well. Huawei has also placed an AF overlay on the screen. In this way, fingerprints left on the screen can be easily erased.
Huawei MateBook -16s Hardware Specifications
Huawei MateBook 16s has two different processor options. You can get the model with Intel Core-i7 or Intel Core-i9. Our test device has an Intel Core i9 12900H processor. There is an Inlet Iris Xe graphics chip as a video card. It also supports innovative technologies such as WiFi 6E on the connectivity side. In addition, 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM MateBook is another important hardware feature.
Thus, it uses a powerful processor and two Huawei SharkFin fans to keep the overall hardware cool. At the same time, two heat pipes protect important hardware parts of the laptop. In normal, everyday applications, the noise level of the fans does not exceed 22 db, but in applications that require high processing power such as Premiere, you can clearly hear the fan noise.
Finally, let’s talk about the battery. Huawei MateBook 16s has an 84Wh lithium polymer battery inside. Depending on the model you bought, a 90 or 135W fast charging adapter comes out of the box. We used PCMARK10 to measure the performance of the battery. We chose Modern Office as the option, cut the screen brightness to half and started the test. The time we got was 9H 20 minutes which is really great screen time.
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