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Huawei MateBook 13 2020 Subnotebook Review – Comet Lake update without performance benefits

Standstill. Huawei equips its compact MateBook 13 with new Intel CPUs for 2020. The case of the subnotebook including the 2K display remains unchanged from the previous model. How does the 2020 MateBook 13 perform in our review?
Andreas Osthoff 👁 (translated by Andreas Osthoff),

The Huawei MateBook 13 is a compact subnotebook with a 13-inch screen. At prices of less than 1000 Euros (~$1,137), it is basically the cheaper sibling of the MateBook X Pro. The Chinese manufacturer keeps the familiar design for the 2020 model, and only updates the processors. Our test model for 899 Euros (~$1,023) is equipped with the Intel Core i5-10210U (Comet Lake), 8 GB RAM, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. You can also get the MateBook 13 with an AMD processor (Ryzen 5 3500U) for 799 Euros (~$909). The display is always a glossy 2K-IPS screen with the 3:2 aspect ratio. There will be no SKU with the dedicated GeForce MX250 GPU in Germany. We will also try to review the AMD powered MateBook 13 as soon as possible.

There are no changes compared to the previous model when it comes to the case, the input devices, and the speakers, so please see our comprehensive reviews for more information on these sections. By the way, the compact port replicator MateDock 2 is not part of the box anymore; the 2020 model only gets a small adapter from USB-A to USB-C.

Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5 (MateBook Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-10210U 4 x 1.6 - 4.2 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-2133, Dual-Channel, soldered
Display
13.00 inch 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixel 200 PPI, CMN8201 P130ZFA-BA1, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G, 512 GB 
, 423 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.9 x 286 x 211 ( = 0.59 x 11.26 x 8.31 in)
Battery
41.7 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65W PSU USB-C, Huawei Share, PC Manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.3 kg ( = 45.86 oz / 2.87 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
06/2020
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg14.9 mm13.00"2160x1440
84 %
06/2019
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg15 mm13.00"2160x1440
90 %
05/2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
i3-1000NG4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.30"2560x1600
89 %
03/2020
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.40"1920x1200
86 %
06/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
i5-1035G4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
1.2 kg16.6 mm13.50"2256x1504

Case - MateBook 13 with appealing metal chassis

Size Comparison

304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 16.6 mm / 0.654 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.3 kg2.88 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.3 kg2.87 lbs

Connectivity - MateBook 13 only with USB-C

The port situation has not changed and the MateBook 13 is still limited to a 3.5 mm stereo jack as well as two USB-C ports (USB 3.1 Gen.1), but there are restrictions. The left port can only be used for data transfers and charging, while the right port only supports data transfers as well as the connection with an external display. We attached an external 4K screen and it worked well.

Left side: USB-C (3.1 Gen.1 + charging), 3.5 mm stereo jack
Left side: USB-C (3.1 Gen.1 + charging), 3.5 mm stereo jack
Right side: USB-C (3.1 Gen.1 + DisplayPort-Alt-mode)
Right side: USB-C (3.1 Gen.1 + DisplayPort-Alt-mode)
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1460 MBit/s ∼100% +133%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
870 (832min - 928max) MBit/s ∼60% +39%
Average Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  (312 - 1380, n=173)
687 MBit/s ∼47% +10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=183)
655 MBit/s ∼45% +4%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
641 (554min - 678max) MBit/s ∼44% +2%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
627 (579min - 673max) MBit/s ∼43%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
623 MBit/s ∼43% -1%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
906 MBit/s ∼100% +28%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
708 (684min - 720max) MBit/s ∼78%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
696 (679min - 711max) MBit/s ∼77% -2%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
689 MBit/s ∼76% -3%
Average Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  (309 - 1338, n=172)
673 MBit/s ∼74% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1614, n=183)
613 MBit/s ∼68% -13%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
545 (414min - 604max) MBit/s ∼60% -23%

Webcam - 1 MP above the display

There is not that much to say about the MateBook 13 in terms of quality, because it is on the common (low) level of quality for laptops. However, the MateBook 13 is the only device in Huawei's current line-up where the camera is located at the usual spot in the upper bezel and not integrated into the keyboard as a hidden module.

ColorChecker
9.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
13 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
19.1 ∆E
14 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
7 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5: 10.07 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 19.14 ∆E

Maintenance - Tricky access to the MateBook

In addition to visible Torx screws, there are also hidden Philips screws underneath all four rubber feet. However, they are glued, which makes it unnecessarily tricky for the end user to get access. The internal layout is identical to the model from 2018, but there is only one heat pipe compared to the SKU with the dedicated GeForce GPU. You can replace the M.2-SSD, but there are some stickers you have to remove first.

Hidden screws underneath the glued rubber feet
Hidden screws underneath the glued rubber feet
Internal layout
Internal layout

Display - Bright 3:2 panel

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding

Huawei does not offer the touchscreen in Germany, but the 3:2 panel with 2160x1440 pixels still has a very reflective surface. The subjective picture impression of the IPS panel is very good: Rich colors, decent contrast ratio, and high brightness. However, you can also see a slight color cast towards green/blue, especially if you are you used to working with calibrated screens.

Here we can see an improvement over the previous model, where we measured a luminance of around 350 nits. The 2020 model is quite a bit brighter at around 415 nits, but the black value is also a bit higher, so the contrast ratio is still the same at ~1000:1. You can see backlight bleeding along the edges at the maximum brightness level, which is also noticeable when you watch 16:9 videos with black bars, for example. We can detect PWM at brightness levels of 30% and lower, but the frequency above 62 kHz is very high and should not result in problems.

413
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
407
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
425
cd/m²
400
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
CMN8201 P130ZFA-BA1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 427 cd/m² Average: 415.4 cd/m² Minimum: 4.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 423 cd/m²
Contrast: 1041:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 1.1
ΔE Greyscale 7.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6
98.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 64% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.16
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
CMN8201 P130ZFA-BA1, IPS, 2160x1440, 13.00
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Chi Mei CMN8201, IPS, 2160x1440, 13.00
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
APPA042, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
SHP14CB, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
BOE08BC, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Response Times
-12%
27%
-59%
-50%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.6 (22.8, 18.8)
43.2 (23.6, 19.6)
-4%
38.4 (20.4, 18)
8%
60 (28.4, 31.6)
-44%
50 (24, 26)
-20%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (12, 12)
30.4 (17.2, 13.2)
-27%
28.4 (16, 12.4)
-18%
33.2 (16.4, 16.8)
-38%
31 (18, 13)
-29%
PWM Frequency
62500 (30)
60240 (30)
-4%
119000 (75)
90%
2500 (20)
-96%
192 (90)
-100%
Screen
4%
30%
25%
16%
Brightness middle
427
356
-17%
416
-3%
619
45%
456
7%
Brightness
415
346
-17%
403
-3%
591
42%
432
4%
Brightness Distribution
94
86
-9%
95
1%
91
-3%
88
-6%
Black Level *
0.41
0.35
15%
0.34
17%
0.35
15%
0.32
22%
Contrast
1041
1017
-2%
1224
18%
1769
70%
1425
37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.4
3.3
25%
0.9
80%
3
32%
3.49
21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11
8.7
21%
1.4
87%
8.2
25%
8.4
24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.1
1.1
-0%
0.6
45%
1
9%
0.72
35%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.5
5.8
23%
1
87%
5.2
31%
5.53
26%
Gamma
2.16 102%
2.21 100%
2.2 100%
2.14 103%
2.41 91%
CCT
6642 98%
6670 97%
6629 98%
6340 103%
6675 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64
64.1
0%
63.9
0%
66.9
5%
65
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.6
99.4
1%
97.6
-1%
99.3
1%
100
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / 0%
29% / 29%
-17% / 7%
-17% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

Our analysis with the professional CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer reveals pretty high deviations compared to the sRGB reference and the previously mentioned color cast is confirmed. However, this improves the brightness, because it drops by ~60 nits after our calibration. The grayscale deviations are now very low in return and the color cast is also gone. You can download the calibrated profile in the display box above.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

The calibration also improves the color accuracy, because some colors are clearly above the important mark of 3 out of the box. Only 100% red still deviates a bit too much after the calibration. Thanks to the almost full sRGB coverage, you can also edit pictures/videos.

vs. sRGB: 98.6%
vs. sRGB: 98.6%
vs. AdobeRGB: 64%
vs. AdobeRGB: 64%

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 36 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 54 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 62500 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 62500 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 62500 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9604 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing-angle stability of the IPS panel is good; you can only notice a brighter image from very wide angles and there should not be any limitations during your regular use. The glossy screen is a problem outdoors. The panel is very bright at more than 400 nits, but you always have issues with reflections in bright environments.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance

Processor - Intel Comet Lake

Huawei equips the current MateBook 13 with a Comet Lake processor (10th gen), which is still manufactured in the old 14nm process. This also means the Core i5-10210U in our review unit is not much different from the old Core i7-8565U of the predecessor. Please see our tech section for more technical information on the processor. 

Modern Intel CPUs can reach very high Turbo clocks (in this case up to 3.9 GHz for all four cores), but the performance utilization depends on the cooling solution and the TDP configuration of the manufacturer, respectively. We can actually see the maximum clock of 3.9 GHz under load for a short time, but this results in a power consumption of 42 Watts. The consumption quickly drops to 25 W and then quickly levels off at 15 W and 4x 2.4 GHz. The result is that the CPU performance is very similar to the previous model, which is actually slightly ahead in terms of single-core performance. The performance is not reduced on battery power.

The MateBook 13 performs well within the comparison group and is also ahead of the Dell XPS 13 and the Acer Swift 3, which are equipped with an Ice Lake Core i5 (10nm). 

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Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø530 (520.93-665.09)
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø538 (519.57-685.41)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1; Ultra-Performance: Ø526 (443.49-666.89)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1; Optimized: Ø528 (367.46-659.7)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Core i5-1035G4: Ø457 (453.59-490.1)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
425 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (322 - 428, n=26)
409 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 583, n=78)
376 Points ∼88% -11%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
357 Points ∼84% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
357 Points ∼84% -15%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
348 Points ∼82% -17%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1533 Points ∼100% +16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 3839, n=79)
1343 Points ∼88% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
1325 Points ∼86%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (771 - 1820, n=26)
1280 Points ∼83% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
892 Points ∼58% -33%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
892 Points ∼58% -33%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
587 Points ∼38% -56%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U
175 Points ∼100% +4%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
168 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (154 - 174, n=31)
167 Points ∼95% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
166 Points ∼95% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
146.36 Points ∼84% -13%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
141 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 219, n=337)
123 Points ∼70% -27%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U
685 Points ∼100% +3%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
667 Points ∼97% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
659 Points ∼96% -1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
665 (520.93min - 665.09max) Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (478 - 790, n=31)
611 Points ∼89% -8%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
490.1 (289.98min - 451.62max) Points ∼72% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1626, n=352)
400 Points ∼58% -40%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
333 (293min - 333max) Points ∼49% -50%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1814 Seconds * ∼100% -120%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=70)
1147 Seconds * ∼63% -39%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1016.4 Seconds * ∼56% -23%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1016 Seconds * ∼56% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (585 - 1339, n=20)
853 Seconds * ∼47% -3%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
826 Seconds * ∼46%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
766 Seconds * ∼42% +7%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
4324 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (3504 - 4467, n=20)
4207 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=65)
4149 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4087 MIPS ∼95% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
4048 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
4048 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
3438 MIPS ∼80% -20%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
18535 MIPS ∼100% +11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 44827, n=65)
17222 MIPS ∼93% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (10950 - 21679, n=20)
16772 MIPS ∼90% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
16685 MIPS ∼90%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
13057 MIPS ∼70% -22%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
13057 MIPS ∼70% -22%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
7921 MIPS ∼43% -53%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1229 Points ∼100% +12%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1096 Points ∼89% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
1094 Points ∼89%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1081 Points ∼88% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1081 Points ∼88% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1014 - 1133, n=21)
1080 Points ∼88% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1740, n=65)
1061 Points ∼86% -3%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4372 Points ∼100% +6%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
4119 Points ∼94%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 7590, n=65)
3630 Points ∼83% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (2079 - 4256, n=21)
3557 Points ∼81% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
3261 Points ∼75% -21%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
3261 Points ∼75% -21%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2028 Points ∼46% -51%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 11, n=65)
4.44 fps ∼100% +2%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.37 fps ∼98%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (2.66 - 6.28, n=20)
4.29 fps ∼97% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4.27 fps ∼96% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
3.37 fps ∼76% -23%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
3.37 fps ∼76% -23%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2.23 fps ∼50% -49%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
97.8 s ∼100% +67%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=50)
81.1 s ∼83% +38%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
78.33 s ∼80% +33%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
78.3 s ∼80% +33%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
58.7 s ∼60%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (49.6 - 80.3, n=15)
56.7 s ∼58% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.02 s ∼0% -100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
0.918 sec * ∼100% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.554 - 2.43, n=54)
0.849 sec * ∼92% -19%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
0.825 sec * ∼90% -16%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
0.825 sec * ∼90% -16%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (0.658 - 0.901, n=20)
0.729 sec * ∼79% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.722 sec * ∼79% -1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.713 sec * ∼78%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
665 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
53.3 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
168 Points
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System Performance

The MateBook 13 2020 runs very well in practice. The quad-core processor is powerful enough and the system executes our inputs without noticeable delays thanks to the fast SSD. We cannot notice any problems in the synthetic PCMark benchmarks, either.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3281 Points ∼100% +5%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3142 Points ∼96% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3118 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2487 - 4463, n=26)
3085 Points ∼94% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3048 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 5795, n=150)
2776 Points ∼85% -11%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4, Apple SSD AP0256
1521 Points ∼46% -51%
Productivity
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7171 Points ∼100% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
6766 Points ∼94% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
6720 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5990 - 7317, n=26)
6681 Points ∼93% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6414 Points ∼89% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 8682, n=150)
5502 Points ∼77% -18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4, Apple SSD AP0256
3620 Points ∼50% -46%
Essentials
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
8715 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8568 Points ∼98% -2%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8535 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (7172 - 10000, n=26)
8494 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
7558 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 10113, n=150)
7245 Points ∼83% -17%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4, Apple SSD AP0256
5464 Points ∼63% -37%
Score
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4138 Points ∼100% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4122 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4067 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3686 - 4353, n=26)
4003 Points ∼97% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3790 Points ∼92% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 5549, n=153)
3404 Points ∼82% -16%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4, Apple SSD AP0256
2229 Points ∼54% -45%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4958 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4286 - 5114, n=20)
4909 Points ∼99% +3%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4832 Points ∼97% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4773 Points ∼96%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5628, n=262)
4109 Points ∼83% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3988 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3946 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3182 - 4284, n=20)
3619 Points ∼91% -8%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3587 Points ∼90% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4410, n=291)
3125 Points ∼78% -21%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4, Apple SSD AP0256
2701 Points ∼68% -32%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3946 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5110 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4773 points
PCMark 10 Score
4067 points
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DPC-Latencies

LatencyMon Overview
LatencyMon Overview
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
1997.3 μs * ∼100% -76%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
1368 μs * ∼68% -21%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
1135.2 μs * ∼57%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution - Fast NVMe SSD from WDC

The 512 GB NVMe SSD (M.2-2280) from WDC is attached via PCIe-x4 interface and manages very high transfer rates in our tests. So far so good, but similar to the MateBook X Pro, we do not like the partition of the hard drive out of the box. You can only use 42 GB on the system drive (C) after the initial launch. This can be quickly filled if you do not pay attention when you download files or install applications. The remaining capacity (381 GB) is available on the data drive (D).

Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Apple SSD AP0256
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Average WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
19%
-41%
1%
-25%
6%
Write 4K
190.51
191.2
0%
34.57
-82%
121.88
-36%
120.6
-37%
151 (107 - 208, n=11)
-21%
Read 4K
53.66
53.07
-1%
28.48
-47%
50.01
-7%
46.88
-13%
47.4 (41.5 - 53.7, n=11)
-12%
Write Seq
1436.15
1768
23%
1026.35
-29%
1497.33
4%
1044
-27%
1944 (1025 - 2707, n=11)
35%
Read Seq
1356.47
1710
26%
1109.01
-18%
2110.65
56%
1147
-15%
2001 (1356 - 2517, n=11)
48%
Write 4K Q32T1
382.5
574.5
50%
178.44
-53%
365.85
-4%
332.4
-13%
389 (237 - 490, n=11)
2%
Read 4K Q32T1
502.29
654.3
30%
556.73
11%
384.57
-23%
443.3
-12%
440 (333 - 600, n=11)
-12%
Write Seq Q32T1
2114.1
2544
20%
969.9
-54%
2748.2
30%
1052
-50%
2411 (1087 - 2708, n=11)
14%
Read Seq Q32T1
3410.3
3433
1%
1512.7
-56%
3119.1
-9%
2171
-36%
3325 (2871 - 3426, n=11)
-3%
AS SSD
-10%
-85%
-32%
-43%
-23%
Copy Game MB/s
1299.95
1156 (620 - 1683, n=7)
-11%
Copy Program MB/s
554.9
564 (266 - 733, n=7)
2%
Copy ISO MB/s
2289.65
1697 (433 - 3092, n=7)
-26%
Score Total
4569
4334
-5%
1365
-70%
3189
-30%
2370
-48%
3744 (2834 - 5376, n=11)
-18%
Score Write
1899
1879
-1%
290
-85%
1455
-23%
926
-51%
1634 (1173 - 2721, n=11)
-14%
Score Read
1787
1638
-8%
713
-60%
1180
-34%
958
-46%
1411 (895 - 1787, n=11)
-21%
Access Time Write *
0.023
0.021
9%
0.058
-152%
0.033
-43%
0.034
-48%
0.0424 (0.023 - 0.076, n=11)
-84%
Access Time Read *
0.05
0.103
-106%
0.126
-152%
0.085
-70%
0.0747 (0.05 - 0.116, n=11)
-49%
4K-64 Write
1512.9
1459.01
-4%
154.55
-90%
1220.39
-19%
712.91
-53%
1308 (938 - 2346, n=11)
-14%
4K-64 Read
1446.55
1295.85
-10%
584.73
-60%
899.28
-38%
769.89
-47%
1120 (615 - 1459, n=11)
-23%
4K Write
167.08
179.74
8%
26.27
-84%
120.63
-28%
111.15
-33%
136 (96.9 - 167, n=11)
-19%
4K Read
49.52
48.31
-2%
14.87
-70%
48.07
-3%
50.81
3%
44 (34.7 - 49.5, n=11)
-11%
Seq Write
2190
2406.73
10%
1090
-50%
1137
-48%
1019.09
-53%
1893 (993 - 2479, n=11)
-14%
Seq Read
2912
2933.75
1%
1135
-61%
2328
-20%
1370.49
-53%
2468 (1786 - 2912, n=11)
-15%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 2%
-63% / -66%
-16% / -18%
-34% / -35%
-9% / -12%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3410.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2114.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 502.29 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 382.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1356.47 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1436.15 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 53.66 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 190.51 MB/s

Continuous Performance Read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance - MateBook 13 only with iGPU

GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics 620
GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics 620

Intel's Comet Lake processors are still equipped with the familiar UHD Graphics 620 iGPU. It offers sufficient performance for multimedia applications and high-resolution video playback is no problem, either, but the MateBook 13 is hardly suited for gaming. You will either have to play very old or simple games. Competitors with newer 10nm Ice Lake CPUs have an advantage in terms of iGPU performance. The MateBook 13 with the dedicated GeForce MX250 GPU is not available in all regions.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
2809 Points ∼100% +52%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2578 Points ∼92% +39%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1941 Points ∼69% +5%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1927 Points ∼69% +4%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1852 Points ∼66%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=231)
1744 Points ∼62% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 12199, n=422)
1599 Points ∼57% -14%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3276, n=83)
683 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
472 Points ∼69%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=77)
378 Points ∼55%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
1995 Points ∼100% +56%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1755 Points ∼88% +37%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1339 Points ∼67% +5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8743, n=302)
1289 Points ∼65% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1280 Points ∼64%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1420, n=199)
1152 Points ∼58% -10%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i3-1000NG4
922 Points ∼46% -28%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
12698 Points ∼100% +26%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10255 Points ∼81% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
10111 Points ∼80%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=212)
9229 Points ∼73% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 53539, n=316)
8811 Points ∼69% -13%
3DMark 11 Performance
2079 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9653 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1175 points
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low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 18.8 12.1 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 81.3 47.8 22.1 19.4 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 13.2 10.9 10.5 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 13 7 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 32 13 fps

Emissions - Usually cool and quiet

System Noise - Two fans for the processor

The MateBook 13 with the iGPU also has two central fans, but there is only one heat pipe from the processor instead of two for the dGPU configuration. The fans have no problem with the heat of the ULV processor and are often deactivated during light workloads. If you stress the system, there is only a quiet murmur and the measurement results are pretty much identical to the predecessor. We cannot hear any other electronic sounds like coil whine, for example.

Noise Level

Idle
29.7 / 29.7 / 29.9 dB(A)
Load
31.7 / 32.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.7 dB(A)
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4, Apple SSD AP0256
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Noise
1%
-2%
2%
-5%
off / environment *
29.7
29.2
2%
29
2%
29.3
1%
31.2
-5%
Idle Minimum *
29.7
29.2
2%
29
2%
29.3
1%
31.2
-5%
Idle Average *
29.7
29.2
2%
29
2%
29.3
1%
31.2
-5%
Idle Maximum *
29.9
29.2
2%
29
3%
29.3
2%
31.2
-4%
Load Average *
31.7
31.7
-0%
31.6
-0%
30
5%
33.2
-5%
Load Maximum *
32.8
33
-1%
39.4
-20%
32.4
1%
34.9
-6%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.831.230.131.32526.727.228.228.13132.933.529.731.14030.931.628.829.45029.626.527.731.76326.326.824.824.98024.625.222.924.110023.523.825.827.512523.423.923.524.116023.32422.823.420023.823.423.123.725023.122.123.322.531521.921.721.922.740022.121.421.22250020.920.520.821.363020.320.219.821.380020.519.918.720.610002120.117.821.1125022.621.117.621.3160022.520.516.920.9200022.521.116.420.9250021.720.416.420.4315021.119.316.320.4400019.618.51618.4500018.917.516.116.8630016.916.516.216.7800016.616.616.116.41000016.516.316.216.31250016.116.115.916.21600015.915.915.815.9SPL32.831.729.732.1N1.81.61.31.7median 21.1median 20.4median 17.6median 20.9Delta1.61.72.82.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHuawei MateBook 13 2020 i5

Temperature - MateBook 13 only warms up on one side

Stress test
Stress test

Due to the special layout (two fans in the center, processor and dGPU on the sides) and the lack of the GeForce GPU in our test unit, the device only warms up on the right side (where the CPU is located) under load. We can measure up to 46 °C in the rear right corner, so you should not use the device on your lap in this scenario. Otherwise, the surface temperatures are no problem.

The behavior during our stress test is similar to pure CPU load, because the power consumption of the processor quickly levels off at 15 Watts. This is sufficient for 4x 1.1 GHz (CPU) and ~800 MHz (iGPU). The performance is not limited immediately after the stress test.

Max. Load
 37.5 °C
100 F
41.1 °C
106 F
42.1 °C
108 F
 
 32.3 °C
90 F
39.7 °C
103 F
41.9 °C
107 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
31.4 °C
89 F
37.2 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
46.2 °C
115 F
38.2 °C
101 F
34 °C
93 F
43.4 °C
110 F
38.4 °C
101 F
33.3 °C
92 F
39.6 °C
103 F
36.5 °C
98 F
32.5 °C
91 F
Maximum: 46.2 °C = 115 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.1 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.1 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.2 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.8 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37.2 °C / 99 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-8.7 °C / -15.7 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.131.42528.227.23129.733.74028.831.25027.728.46324.827.88022.926.310025.826.412523.527.916022.835.820023.145.425023.349.331521.954.140021.258.650020.861.263019.862.580018.766.5100017.868.9125017.666.7160016.966.9200016.463.7250016.462.6315016.359.540001663.5500016.159.5630016.258.2800016.154.61000016.2521250015.947.21600015.844.3SPL29.775.7N1.335.2median 17.6median 58.6Delta2.87.834.135.134.138.229.938.251.933.151.93429.13431.53031.529.828.529.828.528.128.527.927.427.92925.82930.125.130.133.72433.742.22342.247.22247.25221.7525520.85556.820.156.859.71959.75318.75361.718.561.769.518.369.570.718.370.770.318.570.36818.56871.318.871.372.418.872.473.118.973.176.318.976.377.118.977.175.518.875.572.718.872.783.131.283.1491.649median 61.7median 18.9median 61.713.31.513.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MateBook 13 2020 i5Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.13 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 91% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 92% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management - Small battery prevents longer runtimes

Power Consumption

Our consumption measurements do not reveal any surprises and there are no major differences compared to the predecessor. The highest level of the keyboard illumination increases the consumption by around 1.1 Watts. We can determine up to 66.7 W under load, but this value quickly drops to ~34 Watts, so the included 65 W power adapter (USB-C) is completely sufficient.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.43 / 0.67 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.97 / 7.5 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 38.9 / 66.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G, IPS, 2160x1440, 13.00
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 2160x1440, 13.00
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
i3-1000NG4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
i5-1035G4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
-7%
33%
6%
25%
5%
-22%
Idle Minimum *
2.97
3.84
-29%
2.1
29%
3.4
-14%
3
-1%
3.79 (1 - 12.4, n=244)
-28%
6.35 (1 - 36, n=661)
-114%
Idle Average *
7.5
7.68
-2%
6.2
17%
6
20%
6.1
19%
6.95 (2.8 - 15.7, n=246)
7%
9.56 (2.06 - 39, n=661)
-27%
Idle Maximum *
9.6
9.36
2%
7
27%
10.2
-6%
8.4
12%
8.71 (3.8 - 16.6, n=244)
9%
11.8 (3.9 - 55, n=662)
-23%
Load Average *
38.9
43.2
-11%
24.7
37%
36.6
6%
25.7
34%
35.1 (8.1 - 51.6, n=244)
10%
33.6 (6.3 - 79.2, n=652)
14%
Load Maximum *
66.7
64.8
3%
30.6
54%
49.3
26%
27.6
59%
47.3 (22 - 96.3, n=246)
29%
41.1 (7.6 - 111, n=655)
38%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtimes - MateBook only with 41.7 Wh battery

The battery capacity is once again 41.7 Wh, and it is the smallest battery within the comparison group. The runtimes are therefore only average. 7:20 hours for our Wi-Fi test and 9:40 hours for video playback (both at 150 nits) are not bad, but the competition lasts longer. The runtime drops to 5:20 hours (-2 hours) when we run the Wi-Fi test at the maximum display brightness.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (44.18362.449.0)
7h 21min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (44.18362.449.0)
5h 20min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 26min
Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 41.7 Wh
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 41.7 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
i3-1000NG4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), 49.9 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 52 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
i5-1035G4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), 54.5 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-2%
33%
82%
47%
15%
H.264
580
666
15%
866
49%
519 (182 - 1312, n=141)
-11%
WiFi v1.3
441
419
-5%
661
50%
703
59%
648
47%
500 (206 - 991, n=281)
13%
Load
86
88
2%
205
138%
123 (40 - 369, n=594)
43%

Pros

+ high-quality case
+ good system performance
+ decent input devices
+ bright 3:2 display
+ quiet even under load

Cons

- performance similar to previous model
- components are hard to access
- very glossy screen
- display should be calibrated
- only USB-C with limitations
- MateDock 2 not included anymore

Verdict - 2020 MateBook 13 does not offer any improvements

In review: Huawei MateBook 13. Test model courtesy of Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei MateBook 13. Test model courtesy of Huawei Germany.

The 2020 MateBook 13 is just a very small update. You get a new processor, but the performance is basically identical to the predecessor. Huawei does not offer all configurations in every region: German customers, for example, do not get the MateBook 13 with the dedicated GeForce GPU.

Still, the MateBook 13 is not a bad subnotebook. We particularly like the metal case and the good screen, even though it is not a touchscreen and you should calibrate the panel for the best results. The SKU with the iGPU is also very quiet under load.

The MateBook 13 does not show any advancements, but it is still a good subnotebook for an appealing price.

The performance is still more than sufficient for everyday tasks, even though rivals mit newer Ice lake processors have an advantage in terms of GPU performance. The port situation is no perfect, either, since you can only charge the laptop at the left side and attach an external monitor at the right side. There is no USB Type-A port, so you will probably have to use adapters in practice.

Huawei MateBook 13 2020 i5 - 06/09/2020 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
43 / 75 → 57%
Weight
71 / 20-75 → 93%
Battery
79%
Display
83%
Games Performance
50 / 78 → 64%
Application Performance
87 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
97%
Audio
65 / 91 → 71%
Camera
35 / 85 → 41%
Average
73%
84%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-06-10 (Update: 2020-06-11)
Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Notebooks
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.