Aesthetically, the 2020 and 2021 versions of the MateBook 14 are identical. For its flagship laptop, Huawei kept the sandblasted aluminum chassis with its 2K FullView touchscreen, which is actually an IPS panel displaying 2160 x 1440 pixels with a 3: 2 ratio. This has a contrast of 1500: 1, a maximum brightness of 300 cd / m² and occupies 90% of the screen.
The keyboard has not changed, it keeps its webcam hidden in the F7 key, as well as its fingerprint reader in the start button.
The connection is made up of two USB ports, an HDMI port, a jack and a USB type-C port also serving as charging. The 65W USB-C charger and 56Wh battery are analogous to the 2020 version.
It is on the inside that the Matebook 2021 differs from its predecessor with the switch to the 11th generation Intel processor (Tiger Lake). Huawei has selected the Core i5-1135G7 with 4 hyperthreaded cores at 2.4 GHz with a boost at 4.2 GHz and the Core i7-1165G7 with 4 cores hyperthreaded at 2.8 GHz with a boost at 4.7 GHz.
Huawei took advantage of the transition to Tiger Lake to withdraw the Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics card and thus only keep the integrated graphics part of the new Intel processors: the Iris Xe. This change should not be to the advantage of the Matebook 14 2021 according to our test of the Dell XPS 13 equipped with the Intel Iris Xe.
Two configurations will be available from May 24, 2021: an Intel Core i5-1135G7 version, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD at € 1,100, and another version with identical storage and RAM in Intel Core i7-1165G7 at 1250. In other words, prices quite close to those charged outside the promotion on the 2020 edition of the MateBook 14.