Huawei Matebook 16s (2023) hands-on impressions: Large and in charge | Laptop News

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Sometimes, it’s easier to just stick with a formula that works. That’s what Huawei has done with the new Matebook 16s — same machine, but with more power under the hood.

That means you’re getting that same gorgeous 3:2 aspect ratio 16-inch display, impressive thermal management, a gigantic touchpad and tactile keyboard, but with an upgrade to 13th Gen Intel performance.

Since it’s virtually the same as last year, we do run into some similar issues with heft and webcam quality here. With all of this taken into account, along with the CPU upgrade, is the Matebook 16s worth it? And moreover, if you already have the 2022 Matebook 16s, is this worth the upgrade?

Huawei Matebook 16s (2023) price and availability

You know the drill by now, America. Unless you get the Matebook 16s imported, you’re out of luck in terms of buying one.

Different to before, however, is the fact there is only one model available — packing an Intel Core i9-13900H CPU for £1,499. However it has been discounted to £1,299 at the moment.

To put this in context, that’s £1,100 less than the lowest specced 16-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro, and £400 less than a similarly specced Asus Vivobook Pro 16 (only difference being the presence of a dedicated GPU in Asus’ machine).

Huawei Matebook 16s design

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Nothing has changed in the aesthetics department — it’s large and in charge with an unmistakably premium, CNC milled and sandblasted metallic body. This produces a smooth finish that is quite the looker in its Space Grey colorway and makes for a surface that you can’t help but gently caress with your fingers.

Same as before, portability is a bit of a challenge. Not just because of the 16-inch laptop form factor, but more broadly about the fact this…

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