Huawei unveiled a small powerhouse of a laptop – the MateBook 14s features an Intel 11th gen (Tiger Lake) processor with up to 54W TDP, accessible via the Fn+P shortcut. Fn+R triggers its other key selling point, the 90Hz refresh rate.
The laptop has an aluminum-alloy body that weighs 1.43kg (3.15 lbs) and measures 16.7mm thick (0.66”). Even so it can keep the powerful processor cool with its two shark fin fans and two heat pipes. The hinge inlet design promises 25% better air intake than traditional designs.
You can choose between an Intel Core i5-11300H and an i7-11370H, both 4-core, 8-thread processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics. The i7 model has more L3 cache (12MB vs. 8MB) and 96 execution units (vs. 80).
The base configuration comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM (dual-channel), but you can get a 16GB upgrade. Similarly, the base storage is 512GB (NVMe) with an option to double it to 1TB.
The 14.2” display on the front has 2,520 x 1,680 px resolution – that is 3:2 aspect ratio (meaning it’s taller than a 14” 16:9 display) and a sharp 213 ppi pixel density. As mentioned, this panel can work at 90Hz (as well as 60Hz). It promises 400 nits of brightness, 1,500:1 contrast ratio, 1.07 billion colors and 100% coverage of sRGB. This is also a touchscreen that can track up to 10 fingers.
The Huawei MateBook 14s offers two USB-C ports which support data, charging and DisplayPort. There is also a USB-A 3.2 Gen1 port, a full size HDMI and a 3.5mm combo headphone/microphone jack. The wireless connectivity section includes Wi-Fi 6 (ax) with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1 and fast pairing of Bluetooth headphones.
While it runs Windows, Huawei has installed its AppGallery on the laptop, allowing it to run Android apps as well. This feature is not mentioned in the English language specs, however, so it may be exclusive to China. Windows 11 (which this laptop is compatible with) will gain Android app support with a future update.
If you have a tablet running HarmonyOS 2.0 you can pair it with the laptop to use as a second screen. Additionally, you can drag and drop files between the two devices as well as control the tablet using the laptop’s keyboard and touchpad.
Speaking of, the keyboard a scissor mechanism with 1.5 mm key travel and 3 levels of backlighting. Like on a phone, you have the option for face unlock or using the fingerprint reader (which is built into the Power button).
The laptop has some impressive audio hardware. It is the first with Huawei Sound, which uses the 4 built-in speakers to create a surround sound experience. Also, there are four microphones that can pick up your voice from 5 meters away (16 ft) and reduce ambient noise.
The laptop is powered by a 60 Wh battery and comes with a 90W USB-C charger (which can be used with tablets and phones too).
The Huawei MateBook 14s is already up for pre-order in China at a price of CNY 7,000 ($1,100/€940/₹81,500) for an i5 model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage. The i7 version (16/512GB) is INR 8,000 ($1,240/€1,075/₹93,000). The hero color is Spruce Green, but you can also have it in a standard Space Gray. The 14s will be available in the UK starting on October 27 and will rollout to Europe and Asia after that.
You can have a closer look at the laptop here.