Huawei now offers two models of the new 2020 vintage of its Matebook 14: one under AMD and the other under Intel. We had the opportunity to examine the second and compare it to the first.

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In the IT sector, the start of the 2020 academic year was marked by the arrival on the market of new tenth generation Intel microprocessors. And Chinese electronics giant Huawei is no exception. It is now incorporating it in the 2020 model of its Matebook 14, its direct competitor to " notebooks From Apple. This laptop is, in short, the more powerful twin of the Huawei Matebook 14 under AMD.

Technical sheet

Dimensions 30.75 x 22.38 x 1.59 cm
Weight 1.53 kg
Processor Intel Core i7-10510U (1.8-2.3 GHz)
Graphic card NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5)
RAM 16 GB (DDR4 RAM)
Storage 512 GB (PCIe SSD)
Screen 14 inches (FHD – 2160 x 1440)
– IPS
– Screen borders = 90% of the frame
Operating system Windows 10 Home
Keyboard – Backlit Keyboard
– Fingerprint reader + 1 MPx "pop-up" webcam
Food 56 Wh (charger at 65W)
Login -WiFi (type IEEE 802.11ac)
– Bluetooth 5.0
Input and output ports – 1 x USB-C
– 1 x USB-A 3.0 + 1 x USB-A 2.0
– 1 x HDMI
– 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack (Combo Jack-Micro)
– 4 x Microphones + 2 x Speakers

We will not go into the ergonomics and design of this model here: to get our impressions, we invite you to dive back into our review of the Huawei Matebook 14 (2020), AMD version.

Intel: its performance precedes it

On the performance side, however, when Intel is in the place, we clearly feel the difference. The Huawei Matebook 14 (2020), under its AMD configuration, had quickly shown the maximum of its capabilities. While it was flawless in streaming and (almost) impeccable in its management of classic multitasking or to ensure long-term office activity, it reached its limits in several cases. It was sometimes difficult to practice audiovisual editing in multi-tasking and it was impossible to play moderately graphically greedy games other than in the lowest possible conditions. The integration of a microprocessor Intel Core i7 (Tenth generation Comet Lake), associated with a graphics card NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated, is a real game-changer.

Thanks to the Intel-NVIDIA combo, the Matebook 14 is finally able to deliver magnificent rendering on a game like Jurassic World Evolution, effortlessly. The management of a game, already underway and therefore rich in details and dinosaurian AI to manage, is not perfectly fluid and the game therefore "paddles" a little. However, the experience remains playable and pleasant : which is already more than enough for a machine that does not target the most playful consumers. Unlike its twin under AMD, the fans of the Matebook 14 (2020) Intel version were on the other hand particularly noisy during our video game sessions. In addition, the machine quickly increased in temperature until it became hot in our poor knees. Indeed, who says higher performance, also says more energy expended and therefore more heat emitted to cool.

After an analysis on UserBenchmark (above), we also see that the CPU has suffered " throttling "Or, to sum it up,underclocking automatic. To keep its machine from spending energy until it melts its body, Huawei seems to have had to limit its capabilities by nature. This decision proves the paradoxical nature of such a machine: perfectly capable of high performance, but unable to withstand the side effects.

In multi-track audiovisual editing session, the Matebook 14 under Intel showed no difficulty even with a Microsoft Edge window with multiple tabs open and the Steam app activated in parallel. In terms of autonomy, the " notebook ”Huawei's Intel version is however less enduring than its twin under AMD. This difference, probably related to the greater amount of energy consumed by the Intel microprocessor, is fortunately not overly pronounced. In one hour of streaming, the Matebook 14 tested here lost 17% of its battery capacity (at 56 Wh, the same as its twin) – compared to 27% in two hours of intensive multitasking for its twin. By extrapolating, it clearly does not achieve 14.7 hours of battery life average advances by the Chinese manufacturer. This capacity remains nevertheless satisfactory, especially for office automation.

Nothing new for the twin

The last noticeable difference between the AMD and Intel Matebook 14s is their slight mass difference. Curiously, the second weighs 400 grams more than the first one and it is felt from the first grip. Adding a full-fledged graphics card may have resulted in this weight gain. Besides this detail and their performance differences, the twins are quite similar.

As a reminder, the Huawei Matebook 14, vintage 2020, has a 14-inch screen with QHD resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels, which occupies 90% of its chassis. It’s also unique: it's fully tactile and even lets you take screenshots by hand – useful if you don't want to leave traces, of course. In the two existing models, the colors are beautiful and combine particularly well with the two speakers on the back of the keyboard during a session. “Binge-watching. " Speaking of the keyboard, it is overall very nice. However, there is good news and bad news (already encountered in the past on other laptops of the brand): it includes a fingerprint detector at its ignition button, offering a very quick and smooth start, but unfortunately has a pop-up webcam at the still inadequate viewing angle.

Where to buy it?

The AMD version of the Huawei MateBook is available from 899 euros. The Intel Core i5 version is 1049 euros, finally, the Intel Core i7 version, tested here, is exclusive to Boulanger in France, at 1299 euros.

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