MateBook 14 adopts Ryzen 4000 processors
Honor having adopted AMD Ryzen 4000 processors in its ultraportable MagicBook, we suspected that the Huawei parent company would quickly announce its laptops also embedding them. It's done: the Chinese manufacturer has formalized the marketing of Huawei MateBook 14 with AMD processors, as of October 7.
The 1.5 kg ultraportable will thus be configured with a Ryzen 4000 series processor with a choice of a Ryzen 5 4600H or a Ryzen 7 4800H. These chips have 6 and 8 cores respectively and have a thermal envelope of 45 W. This is much more than the 15 watts of the Intel processor integrated by Huawei in the version of the MateBook 14 that we were able to test. What, a priori, guarantee a nice boost on the computing power side, to the detriment of cooling. This is a point that will obviously have to be monitored during a possible test.
Precision, this new version will not embed a dedicated graphics card unlike the Intel versions which use an Nvidia GeForce MX350 – explored in more detail in a dedicated news. It will be necessary here to be satisfied with the graphics circuit integrated in the CPU and to make a choice between more processor power or the presence of a graphics card.
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For the rest, the MateBook 14 chassis does not move one iota: there is therefore a USB-C port usable for charging, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port and a 3.5 mm headphone output.
The MateBook 14 will be marketed from € 849 with a Ryzen 5 4600H, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of SSD storage, while it will cost € 1,049 for a Ryzen 7 4800H with 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage.
But the MateBook X remains at Intel
That's not all, as Huawei has also announced the release of the MateBook X – a high-end ultraportable weighing just 1kg – outside of China. This model, exclusively equipped with Intel processors, was indeed exclusively sold in China until then.
The MateBook X has a 13-inch touchscreen in 3: 2 format with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels. According to the manufacturer, its contrast can reach a value of 1500: 1 and its maximum brightness is 400 cd / m2. The major difference with the MateBook X Pro we tested at the start of the summer – and which remains at the top of Huawei's laptop lineup – is the lack of a dedicated graphics card. If the MateBook X Pro included an Nvidia GeForce MX250, here it will be necessary to be satisfied with the iGPU integrated into the processor.
The latter will be a 10th generation Intel Core model (Comet Lake), to choose between the Core i5-10210U or the Core i7-10510U, accompanied by 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 memory and 512 GB of SSD storage. On the connectivity side, there are two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone output, as well as an NFC chip hidden under the touchpad. This computer will be marketed at a price of € 1,599 in its basic configuration (with a Core i5) and € 1,799 with a Core i7. Four colors will be offered.