Hands-on the HUAWEI MateBook D 16: The compact 16-inch high-performance laptop

Selecting your next laptop might seem like a daunting task as you have to consider so many things, including your needs and workload. Are you looking for a laptop with a big screen or do you prefer the smaller and lighter ones? Or, do you want something with loads of innovative smart features? Well, most people would go for the one with all the latest and greatest features if their wallets allowed for it. But with the launch of HUAWEI MateBook D 16, it seems like you can have your cake and eat it too. The desire for 16-inch lightweight laptops is on the rise. With a global move towards remote working and studying, there is an increased demand for large-screen, high-performance, lightweight laptops. The new HUAWEI MateBook D 16 is set to meet and even exceed these demands.

The new laptop comes with a comfortable and immersive 16-inch display, thin and light metal body, 12th Gen Intel Core processor, Super Device experience, and more. Here’s a deeper look at it.

HUAWEI MateBook D 16

A display that doesn’t tire your eyes

HUAWEI MateBook D 16 features a 16-inch Eye Comfort HUAWEI FullView Display. So, you know what to expect here; ultra-narrow bezels and a high screen-to-body ratio. On either side of the display are two 4.6mm ultra-narrow bezels, resulting in a high screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent. This allows the laptop to house a large screen in a compact body, delivering an immersive viewing experience. The novel 16:10 aspect ratio also aids productivity. Compared to the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, the 16:10 aspect ratio gives a 10% taller display area allowing more screen real estate to view web pages, documents, and charts more effectively. The display also supports a 100% sRGB colour gamut to show richer details and vivid colours for greater visual enjoyment.

Talking about eye comfort, HUAWEI MateBook D 16 display has TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light (Hardware Solution) certification. In addition, the display adopts DC dimming to help alleviate eye fatigue. Interestingly, the whole laptop only weighs 1.7kg[1] with a thickness of just 18.4mm[2], making it one of the sleekest 16-inch laptops out there.

Next-level performance

The HUAWEI MateBook D 16 is powered by 12th Intel® Core™ H-series processors, with the highest edition running on the i7-12700H[3] Processor that has 14 cores and 20 threads. It offers a TDP of up to 40W, and the multi-thread performance is 97.3%[4] better than the previous generation. That means even heavy tasks such as data analysis, technical drawing, and code compilation are going to run smoothly. All variants in the HUAWEI MateBook D Series come with a PCIe NVMe high-speed solid-state drive. This gives a remarkable boost in loading apps and games, ultimately delivering a smoother user experience. The laptop comes with two modes of operation. The Standard Mode is designed for users to handle daily office tasks, while the Performance Mode[5] is suitable for performing heavy-duty work and professional software. By pressing the Fn and P keys at the same time, the user can easily select the optimal mode for the current tasks.

Super Device delivers a cohesive multi-device experience

The HUAWEI MateBook D 16 takes multi-device collaboration to a whole new level, thanks to Super Device[6], bringing super productivity with a cohesive multi-device experience. It lets you effortlessly connect to other Huawei devices nearby, and collaborate between them all. Simply place your Huawei earphones, mice, keyboards, speakers and printers close to the HUAWEI MateBook D 16, and the laptop will automatically discover them and provide a prompt for quick and easy pairing[7].

In addition, with smartphones like the newly launched HUAWEI nova 9, it is even more useful. Once you have wirelessly connected your phone, you will see its UI (User Interface) appear on your laptop screen, so you can operate it as if your smartphone and laptop are one device. You can access and edit your files, use and manage up to three phone app windows simultaneously, take video or audio calls from your phone through your MateBook, and even use your mouse and keyboard to control your smartphone.

Superior video conferencing experience

The 1080P camera with an 88° wide field of view at the top of the HUAWEI MateBook D 16 screen is a huge step up from traditional 720P cameras. This is further enhanced by the AI Camera smart feature that processes the video with AI algorithms at the system level, adding video effects[8] like Virtual Background, FollowCam and Eye Contact, which are even supported by third-party video calling applications.

During a video call, the AI Camera’s FollowCam adjusts the screen in real-time to keep the speaker in the centre of the shot; so even if they are moving around, you never get distracted from what they are saying. The Eye Contact function uses AI to intelligently adjust to the user’s line of vision. So, rather than seeming like they’re looking into the camera, their eyes will be looking into yours on the screen for a more natural and comfortable conversation.

Virtual background lets you keep your privacy and your concentration, thanks to built-in static and dynamic backgrounds such as offices, coffee shops or outdoor scenery. You can also choose an image to have as your background or use the AI background blur to distort what is happening behind you.

HUAWEI MateBook D 16 features a quad-mic setup placed along the laptop’s edges, supporting sound pick-up from sources up to five metres[9] away from the device. You will be clearly heard during online meetings even when you are a bit far away from the laptop. The AI noise reduction algorithms will also reduce the background noise, and the Personal Voice Enhancement helps the audience focus on you to make the experience even better.

Metaline antenna for fast connectivity

The powerful performance is not only driven by the HUAWEI MateBook D 16’s processing power. This laptop is a networking beast, too, thanks to the innovative HUAWEI Metaline Antenna technology, which allows users to enjoy stable wireless networks. The HUAWEI Metaline Antenna is a brand-new antenna structure that, compared with average antennas, has 56%[10] better signal conversion efficiency. In the same network environment, it offers 2dB and 2.6dB better upload and download signals, respectively. Even under weak Wi-Fi signals, the downloading speed is increased by 55%, while the lag in gaming and video conference are decreased by 57% and 67%, respectively.

Huawei’s newly launched HUAWEI MateBook D 16 is a must-have for good reasons. Starting with its large and comfortable screen, well-crafted and lightweight design, solid performance, and next-level Super Device that allows a Smart Office experience, the laptop is a dream come true for anyone looking for a compact performance laptop.

[2] Data obtained from Huawei laboratory. Actual battery life may vary by manufacturing process, software version, using condition and environment.

[3] Intel® Core™ i5-12500H Processor and Intel® Core™ i5-12450H Processor is optional.

[4] Data comes from Huawei labs. The CineBench R23 multi-thread performance test was conducted by comparing the HUAWEI MateBook D 16 (i7-12700H +16GB high performance mode) and HUAWEI MateBook with the 11th Intel® Core™ processor (i7-11370H). Performance and data may vary by individual product.

[5]Performance Mode can be only activated when the power supply is sufficient. It is not enabled by default. When it is activated, the CPU and GPU functionality can be instantly increased. This may cause the fans to produce heat and noise, and the surface may become hotter as a result.

[6] Only certain Huawei mobile phones, tablets, monitors, and certain Huawei laptops running PC Manager 12.0.1 or later support this function. If you have any questions about this feature, please contact your local Huawei customer service hotline.

[7] For issues such as proximity discovery conditions, functional experience, usage restrictions, and supported models of computers and headsets, speakers, mice, keyboards, and printers, please find more information on the corresponding products on Huawei’s official website or contact Huawei customer service (950800).

[8] Only certain Huawei laptops running PC Manager version 13.0.1 or later supports this feature. Customers may contact Huawei Customer Service hotline if they have questions related to purchase, usage limitation or supported models.

[9] Results produced from tests run in quiet, indoor scenarios. Actual experience may vary by environmental factors. For reference only.

[10] Data comes from Huawei Labs. Compared with Huawei Metaline antenna equipped on HUAWEI MateBook D 16 and the previous generation HUAWEI MateBook D 15.

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