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Huawei MateBook 13 (i7, UHD Graphics 620) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk ), 06/03/2019

Elegant subnotebook. The most powerful configuration of the MateBook 13 cut a fine figure in our review. Those who do not need a dedicated graphics card can get the Huawei subnotebook for a bit cheaper. In this review, we shall reveal what users can expect from the lower-priced version that does not have a dedicated GPU.

Huawei MateBook 13

We reviewed the MateBook 13 with the Intel Core i7-8565U and Nvidia GeForce MX150 in January of 2019. We concluded that review by saying that the Huawei subnotebook offered a great deal of performance for such a small device. However, the poor selection of ports and the fact that the maximum amount of RAM is limited to 8 GB took a few points off the final score. Both of these issues still persist with our current review device. Moreover, the version of the MateBook 13 with a dedicated GPU is still unavailable in Europe. The European version of the MateBook 13 features an Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 620, the same 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. This is why the subnotebook is still a capable office device. However, when it comes to graphically demanding applications, it falls behind the model with a dedicated GPU.

With a price of 900 Euros ($1013), it is significantly cheaper than the model with the Nvidia GeForce MX150. There is quite a lot of competition in this price range, which is why we pit the MateBook 13 against other notebooks with a similar price tag and performance. The competing devices include: The Asus ZenBook S13, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X390, the HP ProBook 430 G6 and Dell’s Inspiron 13 7380.

Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW (MateBook Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, Dual-channel
Display
13 inch 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixel 200 PPI, Chi Mei CMN8201, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, 512 GB 
, 512 GB SSD, 435 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headphone jack , 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 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
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280 x 720)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, Huawei PC Manager, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.307 kg ( = 46.1 oz / 2.88 pounds), Power Supply: 203 g ( = 7.16 oz / 0.45 pounds)
Price
900 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Small and solid notebook

Check out the review of the Huawei MateBook 13 with the Nvidia GeForce MX150 for a detailed description of the case.

Huawei MateBook 13
Huawei MateBook 13
Huawei MateBook 13
Huawei MateBook 13
Huawei MateBook 13
Huawei MateBook 13

Size Comparison

316 mm / 12.4 inch 195 mm / 7.68 inch 12.9 mm / 0.508 inch 1.1 kg2.43 lbs311.9 mm / 12.3 inch 217.2 mm / 8.55 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.3 kg2.83 lbs308.5 mm / 12.1 inch 231 mm / 9.09 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.4 kg3.17 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.3 kg2.88 lbs

Connectivity - USB Type-C and 3.5-mm headphone jack

Buyers of the MateBook 13 still have to use adapters or a docking station to hook up devices without a USB Type-C connector. Because the laptop charges via a USB Type-C port, users of the Huawei subnotebook will have access to only one USB Type-C port and the headphone jack when the MateBook 13 is plugged in. The included MateDock 2 docking station makes life somewhat easier. The docking station offers one VGA output, one HDMI output, one USB Type-A port and one USB Type-C port.

Left Side: USB 3.1 Type-C port (for charging), combination headphone/microphone jack
Left Side: USB 3.1 Type-C port (for charging), combination headphone/microphone jack
Right side: USB 3.1 Type-C port
Right side: USB 3.1 Type-C port

Communication

In our Wi-Fi test, the Huawei MateBook 13 achieves a download speed of 623 Mb/s and an upload speed of 689 Mb/s. While the download speed is only high enough for a spot in the middle of our comparison chart, the upload rate is good enough for first place.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 (min: 636, max: 689) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
663 MBit/s ∼99% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
646 MBit/s ∼97% +4%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
623 MBit/s ∼93%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
551 (min: 399, max: 640) MBit/s ∼82% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 950, n=111)
530 MBit/s ∼79% -15%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
689 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
681 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
653 (min: 322, max: 702) MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
608 (min: 537, max: 656) MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
530 MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 949, n=111)
521 MBit/s ∼76% -24%

Security

The power button of the Huawei MateBook 13 comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint scanner supports Windows Hello and therefore can be set up quite easily. We did not encounter any issues related to the fingerprint reader in the course of our review.

Accessories

Huawei MateDock 2
Huawei MateDock 2

The box contains the notebook itself, a USB-C charger and the Huawei MateDock 2. The manufacturer does not offer any other accessories that are specifically designed for the MateBook 13. However, users can buy device-neutral accessories such as Bluetooth mice, Gigabit LAN adapters, etc. from Huawei’s website.

Maintenance

The bottom cover of the Huawei MateBook 13 can be removed once all the screws on the bottom are undone. There are four screws underneath the rubber feet. Inside the device, you can see an SSD and a Wi-Fi module and the RAM, which is soldered-in. This is why the RAM cannot be upgraded or replaced.

Maintenance options
Maintenance options

Warranty

The Huawei MateBook 13 comes with a 12-month warranty. To learn more, visit our FAQ, which has a section that deals with warranty, return policy and other related issues.

Input Devices - MateBook 13 with a large Touchpad

Check out the review of the Huawei MateBook 13 with the Nvidia GeForce MX150 for a detailed description of input devices.

Huawei MateBook 13 - Input devices
Huawei MateBook 13 - Input devices

Display - Glossy screen with good color reproduction

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement

The 13-inch IPS screen of the MateBook 13 has a resolution of 2160×1440 and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Huawei’s subnotebook has an average brightness of 346 cd/m², which is why it takes a spot in the middle of our comparison chart. However, when it comes to the distribution of brightness, it takes next-to-last place. Here, it has a brightness distribution of 86%. When compared to the MateBook 13 with the MX150, the average brightness is 14 cd/m² lower and the brightness distribution is 7% worse. Having said that, such deviations between devices from the same model range are normal and do not represent any sort of anomaly. 

The screen flickers at 60240 Hz at 30% brightness and lower. Because the PWM frequency is so high, susceptible individuals should not experience any discomfort after looking at the screen for long periods of time.

348
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 369 cd/m² Average: 346 cd/m² Minimum: 4.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 355 cd/m²
Contrast: 1017:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1, calibrated: 1.1
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
99.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 64.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.21
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Chi Mei CMN8201, , 2160x1440, 13
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Chi Mei CMN8201, , 2160x1440, 13
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Tianma XM, , 1920x1080, 13.9
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
LP133WF7-SPB1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
CMN1375, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
LG Philips LGD05DD / Dell 133WF4, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-3%
5%
-23%
-17%
59%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.2 (23.6, 19.6)
43.2 (22, 21.2)
-0%
47.2 (23.6, 23.6)
-9%
57.6 (28.4, 29.2)
-33%
40.8 (22.8, 18)
6%
34 (19, 15)
21%
Response Time Black / White *
30.4 (17.2, 13.2)
32 (18, 14)
-5%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
18%
34 (18.4, 15.6)
-12%
30.4 (16.4, 14)
-0%
21 (12, 9)
31%
PWM Frequency
60240 (30)
26040 (40)
-57%
135000 (90)
124%
Screen
2%
17%
19%
-43%
-12%
Brightness middle
356
366.6
3%
466
31%
356
0%
255
-28%
329
-8%
Brightness
346
360
4%
462
34%
336
-3%
238
-31%
301
-13%
Brightness Distribution
86
93
8%
90
5%
88
2%
88
2%
84
-2%
Black Level *
0.35
0.39
-11%
0.33
6%
0.16
54%
0.18
49%
0.32
9%
Contrast
1017
940
-8%
1412
39%
2225
119%
1417
39%
1028
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.3
2.76
16%
1.93
42%
3.6
-9%
5.4
-64%
5.81
-76%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.7
6.19
29%
4.26
51%
5.5
37%
19.5
-124%
12.17
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.1
1.53
-39%
1.99
-81%
1.1
-0%
4.1
-273%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
4.2
28%
1.7
71%
4.7
19%
3.8
34%
3.77
35%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.22 99%
2.15 102%
2.48 89%
2.41 91%
2.13 103%
CCT
6670 97%
6271 104%
6382 102%
6374 102%
7100 92%
6940 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.1
63.2
-1%
62.2
-3%
61.3
-4%
39.4
-39%
56
-13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.4
97.6
-2%
95.7
-4%
95.7
-4%
62.5
-37%
85
-14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / 2%
11% / 15%
-2% / 13%
-30% / -37%
24% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

Color space coverage (sRGB) - 99.4%
Color space coverage (sRGB) - 99.4%
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 64.1%
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 64.1%

The contrast ratio of our review device is quite average (1017:1) and the black value is rather high (0.35 cd/m²). With these results, the Huawei laptop takes a spot in the bottom half of our comparison chart. Nevertheless, it still manages to sightly outperform the MateBook 13 with the MX150. The color space coverage is also a little better. Our current review device covers 99.4% of the sRGB color spectrum and 64.1% of the AdobeRGB color spectrum.

The CalMAN analysis reveals that the reds and the blues are a bit underrepresented, while the greys are slightly overblown. These issues can be completely resolved through calibration. You can download our ICC profile at the bottom of the box that contains all display measurements (this box is located to the left of the graphic showing the distribution of brightness).

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)

Outdoors, the reflective surface of the display limits the visibility of the screen content. In the shade, the screen is just bright enough to be legible. In brighter environments or in environments with artificial light sources, the reflections can make reading screen content quite difficult.

Screen bleeding (greatly intensified)
Screen bleeding (greatly intensified)
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

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
30.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 13.2 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 76 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 62 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.3 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 60240 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 60240 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 60240 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 9533 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the MateBook 13 has very stable viewing angles. The screen content can be read from any angle without any distortions. As long as there are no strong reflections on the screen, Huawei’s subnotebook can be used from unusual positions.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - MateBook 13 with good system performance

The Huawei MateBook 13 comes with Intel’s Core i7-8565U and 8 GB of RAM. Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 is responsible for image rendering and the 512 GB SSD offers enough space for installing programs and storing user data. The 13-inch notebook is good enough for office work and simple image editing.

 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-8565U is a Whiskey Lake-based quad-core CPU. When compared to its direct predecessor, Intel Core i7-8550U, the i7-8565U offers a higher boost clock of 4.6 GHz. The base clock has not changed and still amounts to 1.8 GHz. However, the Core i7-8565U supports Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost technology. This technology allows the CPU to maintain its high clock rates longer so long as it does not exceed the thermal limits. That being said, the real-life performance depends quite a lot on the cooling system of the notebook.

In our Cinebench R15 loop, the performance of the MateBook 13 drops precipitously after a short while and then settles down at the level of a somewhat slower Intel Core i5-8265U. Our current review device performs significantly worse than the MateBook 13 with the MX150. However, the benchmark results reveal that the notebook does not throttle down when running on battery power.

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Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø538 (519.57-685.41)
Huawei MateBook 13 i7 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø581 (538.98-696.8)
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø514 (487.58-728.05)
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø554 (547.53-598.04)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø569 (552-686)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
175 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U
175 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U
175 Points ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
169 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (73.1 - 191, n=31)
169 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U
158 Points ∼90% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
154.25 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 184, n=262)
114 Points ∼65% -35%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U
685 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U
683 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
650 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U
606 Points ∼88% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (361 - 815, n=32)
599 Points ∼87% -13%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
598 (min: 547.53, max: 598.04) Points ∼87% -13%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
572 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 721, n=272)
332 Points ∼48% -52%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
175 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
685 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
56.37 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

The Huawei MateBook 13 achieves solid results in our benchmarks. It takes second place among laptops in our comparison chart in PCMark 10. Here, it is only beaten by the Huawei MateBook 13 with the MX150. However, the tables are turned in PCMark 8, where the MateBook 13 with the MX150 is trounced by our current review device. The MateBook 13 with Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 takes third place in the PCMark 8 Work benchmark. In the PCMark 8 Home benchmark, our current review device lands a spot in the middle of our comparison chart.

You can find out how the Huawei MateBook 13 stacks up against other laptops on our CPU Benchmarks page.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3645 Points ∼100% +16%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
GeForce MX150, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3334 Points ∼91% +6%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3142 Points ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3050 Points ∼84% -3%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
3009 Points ∼83% -4%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
2985 Points ∼82% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2264 - 3370, n=14)
2950 Points ∼81% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 3704, n=78)
2404 Points ∼66% -23%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7281 Points ∼100% +2%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7171 Points ∼98%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
6745 Points ∼93% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3381 - 7588, n=14)
6702 Points ∼92% -7%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
GeForce MX150, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6398 Points ∼88% -11%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
6279 Points ∼86% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
6273 Points ∼86% -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=78)
5170 Points ∼71% -28%
Essentials
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8535 Points ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
8441 Points ∼99% -1%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8382 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5450 - 9029, n=14)
8169 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
7982 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
GeForce MX150, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7962 Points ∼93% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7656 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 8549, n=78)
6699 Points ∼78% -22%
Score
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4344 Points ∼100% +5%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4138 Points ∼95%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
3981 Points ∼92% -4%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
GeForce MX150, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3970 Points ∼91% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2486 - 4172, n=14)
3898 Points ∼90% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3832 Points ∼88% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3753 Points ∼86% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4344, n=81)
3095 Points ∼71% -25%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
GeForce MX150, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5159 Points ∼100% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
5098 Points ∼99% +3%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4958 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4896 Points ∼95% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4887 Points ∼95% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3596 - 5181, n=12)
4764 Points ∼92% -4%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4709 Points ∼91% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=203)
4028 Points ∼78% -19%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
4010 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
GeForce MX150, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3712 Points ∼93% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3629 Points ∼90% +1%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3616 Points ∼90% +1%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3587 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2577 - 4179, n=13)
3550 Points ∼89% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3342 Points ∼83% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4182, n=231)
3026 Points ∼75% -16%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3587 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4958 points
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Storage Devices

The MateBook 13 comes with a 512 GB SSD from Western Digital. Only 435 GB is available to users right out of the box. In our storage benchmarks, this SSD achieves above-average results and manages to beat all other devices that we have included in this review for comparison purposes. 

You can find out how the SSD in the MateBook 13 stacks up against other storage devices on our HDD/SSD Benchmarks page.

Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G
Average WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-9%
-27%
-17%
-39%
-64%
-30%
Write 4K
191.2
159.4
-17%
149.2
-22%
120.7
-37%
101.8
-47%
74.96
-61%
143 (98.2 - 191, n=11)
-25%
Read 4K
53.07
47.31
-11%
47.18
-11%
58.52
10%
41.35
-22%
31.61
-40%
44.2 (27.6 - 53.1, n=11)
-17%
Write Seq
1768
1899
7%
749.8
-58%
1491
-16%
928.5
-47%
235.7
-87%
1244 (750 - 1768, n=11)
-30%
Read Seq
1710
2173
27%
1137
-34%
2760
61%
1388
-19%
901.3
-47%
1255 (884 - 1710, n=11)
-27%
Write 4K Q32T1
574.5
368.1
-36%
749
30%
237.5
-59%
453.5
-21%
154.3
-73%
432 (258 - 749, n=11)
-25%
Read 4K Q32T1
654.3
525.9
-20%
478.7
-27%
336.1
-49%
286.2
-56%
294.4
-55%
439 (318 - 654, n=11)
-33%
Write Seq Q32T1
2544
1914
-25%
1453
-43%
1512
-41%
1302
-49%
241.5
-91%
1554 (1453 - 2544, n=11)
-39%
Read Seq Q32T1
3433
3487
2%
1713
-50%
3154
-8%
1751
-49%
1440
-58%
1882 (1681 - 3433, n=11)
-45%
Write 4K Q8T8
1065.2
572.3
Read 4K Q8T8
890.5
825.8
AS SSD
-7%
-23%
-12%
-48%
-159%
-22%
Copy Game MB/s
981.8
901.52
1146.79
796.19
166.29
761 (528 - 930, n=4)
Copy Program MB/s
385.59
402.43
436.55
376.43
128.58
348 (240 - 415, n=4)
Copy ISO MB/s
1799.53
1404.23
1290.04
1116.67
277.33
1159 (765 - 1404, n=4)
Score Total
4334
4147
-4%
3250
-25%
3095
-29%
1706
-61%
934
-78%
3292 (2696 - 4334, n=11)
-24%
Score Write
1879
1871
0%
1468
-22%
1328
-29%
600
-68%
225
-88%
1446 (1075 - 1879, n=11)
-23%
Score Read
1638
1502
-8%
1185
-28%
1198
-27%
745
-55%
498
-70%
1222 (1075 - 1638, n=11)
-25%
Access Time Write *
0.021
0.032
-52%
0.027
-29%
0.024
-14%
0.03
-43%
0.258
-1129%
0.028 (0.021 - 0.036, n=11)
-33%
Access Time Read *
0.103
0.041
60%
0.053
49%
0.037
64%
0.107
-4%
0.084
18%
0.0682 (0 - 0.129, n=10)
34%
4K-64 Write
1459.01
1571.07
8%
1251.44
-14%
1041.48
-29%
408.2
-72%
126.22
-91%
1184 (871 - 1459, n=11)
-19%
4K-64 Read
1295.85
1257.1
-3%
1020.66
-21%
865.4
-33%
567.08
-56%
340.61
-74%
1034 (916 - 1296, n=11)
-20%
4K Write
179.74
118.45
-34%
126.18
-30%
139.8
-22%
119.73
-33%
82.64
-54%
137 (104 - 180, n=11)
-24%
4K Read
48.31
55.51
15%
41.46
-14%
63.84
32%
40.67
-16%
32.13
-33%
43.8 (40 - 48.3, n=11)
-9%
Seq Write
2406.73
1812.34
-25%
906.95
-62%
1462.29
-39%
725.53
-70%
164.38
-93%
1255 (412 - 2407, n=11)
-48%
Seq Read
2933.75
1888.96
-36%
1223.82
-58%
2688.86
-8%
1373.07
-53%
1257.14
-57%
1440 (579 - 2934, n=11)
-51%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -8%
-25% / -25%
-15% / -14%
-44% / -44%
-112% / -119%
-26% / -25%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Sequential Read: 2158 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1755 MB/s
512K Read: 850.5 MB/s
512K Write: 944.3 MB/s
4K Read: 46.7 MB/s
4K Write: 142.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 385.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 302.5 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is responsible for image rendering. This integrated GPU is suitable for applications that do not require a lot of graphics horsepower. The performance of the Intel UHD Graphics 620 depends greatly on the CPU and the RAM.

In our 3DMark benchmarks, the MateBook 13 performs slightly better than other devices with the UHD Graphics 620. When compared to the MateBook 13 with the Nvidia GeForce MX150, our current review device appears much slower. The MateBook 13 with the UHD Graphics 620 offers the same level of performance both when it is plugged in and when it is running on battery power.

You can learn what kind of performance you can expect from Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 on our GPU Benchmarks page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
4514 Points ∼100% +134%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
3540 Points ∼78% +84%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1927 Points ∼43%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1851 Points ∼41% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1841 Points ∼41% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1979, n=148)
1703 Points ∼38% -12%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1698 Points ∼38% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 4905, n=351)
1257 Points ∼28% -35%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
858 Points ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 1130, n=31)
498 Points ∼58%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 402, n=24)
348 Points ∼41%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
3586 Points ∼100% +168%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
2851 Points ∼80% +113%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1339 Points ∼37%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1279 Points ∼36% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1266 Points ∼35% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1399, n=117)
1115 Points ∼31% -17%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1058 Points ∼30% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=231)
1035 Points ∼29% -23%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
21260 Points ∼100% +107%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
18423 Points ∼87% +80%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10638 Points ∼50% +4%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10255 Points ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10126 Points ∼48% -1%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11294, n=134)
9092 Points ∼43% -11%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8462 Points ∼40% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=259)
7531 Points ∼35% -27%
3DMark 11 Performance
2133 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8831 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1219 points
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Gaming Performance

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU in the Huawei MateBook 13 can only run casual games and older titles. Six-year-old Bioshock Infinite is playable on the medium preset. Dota 2 Reborn, which is not a very demanding title, is also playable on medium settings. However, 2015’s Thief, which is slightly more demanding, can only run smoothly on low settings.

The differences between our current review device and the Huawei MateBook 13 with Nvidia’s GeForce MX150 become particularly apparent here. The MX150 offers three times the performance of the UHD Graphics 620 in graphically demanding applications. To learn what kind of gaming experience you can expect from Intel’s UHD Graphics 620, go to our Gaming Benchmarks page.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
34.3 fps ∼100% +243%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
30.5 fps ∼89% +205%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2.8 - 34.6, n=122)
10.9 fps ∼32% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.3 fps ∼30% +3%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10 fps ∼29%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.8 fps ∼29% -2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4.5 - 17, n=126)
9.07 fps ∼26% -9%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
7.36 fps ∼21% -26%
1366x768 High Preset
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
93.4 fps ∼100% +175%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
81.6 fps ∼87% +140%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
34 fps ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
31.3 fps ∼34% -8%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
31.2 fps ∼33% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.96 - 93.4, n=165)
27.6 fps ∼30% -19%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8.1 - 34.5, n=134)
26.9 fps ∼29% -21%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
24.32 fps ∼26% -28%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
110.3 fps ∼100% +176%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
95.7 fps ∼87% +139%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
40 fps ∼36%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
37.9 fps ∼34% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
37.4 fps ∼34% -6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (11.5 - 45.5, n=134)
32.1 fps ∼29% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 110, n=175)
31.8 fps ∼29% -20%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
30.19 fps ∼27% -25%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
195 fps ∼100% +135%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
147.1 fps ∼75% +77%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
83 fps ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
79.3 fps ∼41% -4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
73.8 fps ∼38% -11%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (18.3 - 83, n=134)
59.8 fps ∼31% -28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16.9 - 195, n=177)
55.9 fps ∼29% -33%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
54.69 fps ∼28% -34%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.9 - 54.7, n=13)
25.6 fps ∼100% +29%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
19.8 (min: 18.4) fps ∼77%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (15.9 - 20.8, n=13)
17.6 fps ∼69% -11%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
16.2 (min: 15.2) fps ∼63% -18%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.5 - 60.7, n=15)
27.7 fps ∼100% +26%
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
22 (min: 20.5) fps ∼79%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (17.9 - 23.4, n=13)
19.7 fps ∼71% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.1 (min: 17) fps ∼65% -18%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
50.2 (min: 45.8) fps ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (14.3 - 98.7, n=15)
49 fps ∼98% -2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (38 - 53.3, n=13)
43.8 fps ∼87% -13%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
38.2 (min: 34.5) fps ∼76% -24%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
75.3 (min: 67.4) fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (60.5 - 86, n=13)
69.7 fps ∼93% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
63.8 (min: 57.1) fps ∼85% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (15.9 - 118, n=15)
63.6 fps ∼84% -16%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
14.7 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8.5 - 15.1, n=5)
12.9 fps ∼88% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.5 - 32, n=25)
11.3 fps ∼77% -23%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
19.3 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (10.4 - 19.7, n=10)
14.4 fps ∼75% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.6 - 36, n=34)
12.9 fps ∼67% -33%
1024x768 Very Low Preset
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
34.3 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (16.3 - 34.3, n=10)
24.3 fps ∼71% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.9 - 47, n=33)
19.5 fps ∼57% -43%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 83403410fps
Thief (2014) 34.319.314.7fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 75.350.22219.8fps

Emissions - Whirring fan in the Huawei notebook

System Noise

In everyday office use, the MateBook 13 is almost silent. The fans only kick in when the laptop is taxed, but even then it still remains relatively quiet. However, the fan noise, which can be described as “whirring”, is not very easy to ignore. As long as you do not run any demanding applications, the Huawei notebook should be good enough for work in quiet environments.

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 29.2 / 29.2 dB(A)
Load
31.7 / 33 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: 29.2 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.730.930.32526.726.325.7312628.328.44025.827.128.25031.429.230.36323.222.222.78025.421.924.210025.524.927.112521.220.822.916022.121.52220022.32222.725022.221.321.631521.820.721.640021.320.621.45002120.321.163019.918.920.780019.518.920100020.117.920.3125019.617.821.516002016.821.7200020.716.121.8250020.416.121.7315019.415.821.9400020.115.520.6500019.115.522.4630017.215.420800016.215.417.61000016.215.316.71250015.715.115.51600015.41515.2SPL31.729.233N1.61.21.8median 20.1median 17.8median 21.5Delta1.22.60.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHuawei Matebook 13-53010FYW

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

According to our measurements, the surface temperatures of the Huawei MateBook 13 hover around 25.1 °C (77.18 °F) at idle and reach up to 44.4 °C (111.92 °F) under load. The notebook becomes quite warm in the areas around the screen, but it never gets so hot that you cannot place it in your lap.

During our stress test, the temperatures inside the device hit 90 °C (194 °F). However, once the fans kicked in the temperatures fell to about 70 °C (158 °F). The clock rates also nosedived and managed to stabilize only at 1.1 GHz by the end of the stress test. Because such utilization levels are very unlikely to occur in real life, users should not experience any problems related to thermal throttling in day-to-day use.

Max. Load
 35.1 °C
95 F
39 °C
102 F
39.7 °C
103 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
37.1 °C
99 F
39.6 °C
103 F
 
 29.5 °C
85 F
30.4 °C
87 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
44.4 °C
112 F
37.1 °C
99 F
32.3 °C
90 F
40.7 °C
105 F
36.4 °C
98 F
31.1 °C
88 F
36.7 °C
98 F
34.3 °C
94 F
30.7 °C
87 F
Maximum: 44.4 °C = 112 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.7 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.4 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.1 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.2 °C / 93.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (-5.6 °C / -10.1 F).
Heat distribution under load at the top
Heat distribution under load at the top
Heat distribution under load at the bottom
Heat distribution under load at the bottom

Speakers

The speakers of the MateBook 13 offer a mediocre volume and very little base. They are good enough for occasional use, but we recommend you get a pair of headphones or external speakers if you want to use the MateBook 13 for media consumption on a regular basis. You can connect a pair of headphones to the device via the 3.5-mm headphone jack. The audio jack works well and does not negatively affect the sound quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.928.82526.327.13128.329.14027.127.95029.230.96322.228.28021.925.310024.926.412520.827.216021.536.32002245.825021.350.731520.756.340020.659.250020.36163018.961.680018.967.4100017.968.1125017.866.4160016.864.1200016.163.7250016.161.2315015.859.8400015.559.6500015.563.1630015.466.5800015.467.41000015.366.11250015.166.4160001559.7SPL29.276.6N1.239.1median 17.8median 61.2Delta2.67.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Matebook 13-53010FYWApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management - Laptop with a battery runtime of 7 hours

Energy Consumption

According to our measurements, Huawei’s notebook draws at least 3.84 watts when idle and up to 64.8 watts under load. Therefore, our current review device consumes 15% less power than the MateBook 13 with the MX150. However, the energy consumption of our current review device is still a little higher than that of other competing devices.

The included 65-watt AC adapter should be able to provide enough energy to charge the device under any circumstances.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.57 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.84 / 7.68 / 9.36 Watt
Load midlight 43.2 / 64.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 2160x1440, 13
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
8565U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 2160x1440, 13
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
8565U, GeForce MX150, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba BG3 KBG30ZMS256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
-14%
1%
9%
19%
16%
12%
-15%
Idle Minimum *
3.84
3.5
9%
3.4
11%
3.4
11%
3.5
9%
3.4
11%
3.87 (1 - 12.4, n=156)
-1%
6.69 (1 - 36, n=587)
-74%
Idle Average *
7.68
7.5
2%
6.3
18%
5.6
27%
5.76
25%
7.6
1%
7.11 (4.3 - 15.5, n=156)
7%
9.9 (2.06 - 39, n=587)
-29%
Idle Maximum *
9.36
12.4
-32%
10.4
-11%
8.7
7%
8.3
11%
9.6
-3%
8.98 (5.2 - 16.6, n=156)
4%
12.2 (3.9 - 55, n=587)
-30%
Load Average *
43.2
64.2
-49%
51
-18%
43.6
-1%
34.8
19%
32
26%
35.3 (12.9 - 51.6, n=156)
18%
33.5 (6.3 - 75, n=577)
22%
Load Maximum *
64.8
65.7
-1%
62.7
3%
65
-0%
45.7
29%
35.6
45%
43.3 (22 - 79, n=156)
33%
40.5 (7.6 - 111, n=580)
37%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52.5
39

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our practically oriented Wi-Fi test, the MateBook 13 lasted for about 7 hours. In this test, the MateBook 13 with the MX150 and other comparable laptops last a little longer. However, our current review device does much better in our battery benchmark that measures battery life when idle, and it also manages to beat the MateBook 13 with the MX150 in our battery benchmark that measures battery life under load.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
23h 36min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 59min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 28min
Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 41.7 Wh
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
8565U, GeForce MX150, 41.7 Wh
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
8565U, GeForce MX150, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 38 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-22%
18%
13%
23%
-14%
-2%
Reader / Idle
1416
925
-35%
1710
21%
969
-32%
616 (87 - 2557, n=546)
-56%
WiFi v1.3
419
457
9%
506
21%
499
19%
569
36%
362
-14%
467 (206 - 805, n=204)
11%
Load
88
53
-40%
99
13%
94
7%
145
65%
121 (40 - 347, n=552)
38%

Pros

+ MateDock 2 docking station in the box
+ good system performance
+ large keys and large touchpad
+ very quiet under medium load

Cons

- limited selection of ports
- high-frequency fan noise under load
- right USB-C port cannot be used for charging
- keys are too mushy; short travel distance
- RAM is not upgradable

Verdict - Good subnotebook with few ports

In review: Huawei MateBook 13. Review device provided courtesy of: Huawei Germany
In review: Huawei MateBook 13. Review device provided courtesy of: Huawei Germany

In our review, the MateBook 13 proves to be a solid office notebook. The good system performance and color reproduction allow users to perform a wide variety of tasks on the Huawei laptop. However, buyers should avoid graphically demanding applications. Those who need more graphics horsepower can theoretically get the model with the Nvidia GeForce MX150. Unfortunately, that model is not available in Europe at the moment. Besides, it offers slightly worse color reproduction, display brightness and brightness distribution.

The Huawei MateBook 13 without a dedicated GPU offers a good system performance, but keeps its poor selection of ports.

Both versions of the Huawei MateBook 13 offer a very limited selection of ports. The MateDock 2 alleviates this problem, but without the docking station users will only have access to one USB Type-C port and the headphone jack when the laptop is plugged in. The large keyboard and the great Touchpad make using the MateBook 13 easy. Those who want a 3:2 aspect ratio and will be satisfied with 7 hours of battery life will be quite happy with the Huawei MateBook 13.

Huawei Matebook 13-53010FYW - 05/28/2019 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
88 /  98 → 90%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
41 / 80 → 51%
Weight
71 / 35-78 → 84%
Battery
89%
Display
84%
Games Performance
61 / 68 → 90%
Application Performance
90 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
91 / 91 → 100%
Noise
96%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
55 / 85 → 65%
Average
77%
86%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-06- 3 (Update: 2019-06- 6)