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Huawei brings AMD chip to its impressive Matebook 13

Matebook 13 Amd
Matebook 13 Amd (Image credit: Huawei)

Matebook 13 Amd

Source: Huawei (Image credit: Source: Huawei)

What you need to know

  • Huawei announced the Matebook 13 AMD Edition.
  • The laptop runs on an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor and Radeon Vega 8 graphics.
  • The Huawei Matebook 13 AMD Edition is available now starting at £699 (roughly $867).

Huawei announced the Matebook 13 AMD Edition today, an ultra-portable notebook powered by an AMD Ryzen processor. The 13-inch laptop runs on a Ryzen 5 3500U processor and Radeon Vega 8 graphics. The Matebook 13 AMD Edition is available starting today starting at £699 (roughly $867) from the Huawei Store and other select retailers. At this time, Huawei shared pricing details for the UK and did not mention a U.S. release.

The Matebook 13 AMD Edition features a 2K Huawei FullView display and has a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent. On its sides the display has 4.4mm bezels sandwiching its 2K (2160x1440) display that has a 3:2 aspect ratio. The display has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and supports 100 percent of the RGB color gamut.

On the inside, the Matebook 13 AMD Edition has an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor and Radeon Vega 8 graphics. It's worth noting that the Ryzen processor is from AMD's previous generation. The laptop has dual-channel DDR4 RAM and PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

CategoryTKTK
Display13-inch 2K (2160x1440) IPS
100 percent sRGB
1000:1 contrast ratio
300 nits
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3500U
GraphicsRadeon Vega 8
Memory8GB DDR4
Storage256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
Battery41.8Wh
Ports2x USB-C
3.5 audio jack
WirelessIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
2.4GHz and 5GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera1MP front camera

The Matebook 13 AMD Edition is the Ryzen-powered sibling of the Matebook 13 that we reviewed late last year. In his review of the Intel version of the Matebook 13, our executive editor Daniel Rubino called it "A genuine MacBook Air rival that runs Windows." Now, we can see how the laptop does while running on an AMD chip.

The laptop stays cool with a "shark-fin inspired cooling system" that runs quietly while still enabling high-performance, according to Huawei.

The Matebook 13 AMD Edition supports multi-screen collaboration through Huawei Share, which lets you control your PC and your Android phone on the same screen.

Huawei's new laptop should be able to charge quickly, as it comes with a 65W USB-C pocket charger that supports several charging outputs. The included charger also supports Huawei Super Charge for certain phones, so you can quickly charge multiple devices with the same charger.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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10 Comments
  • 2K, on a 13 inch screen? Do they also provide you with magnifying glasses to see the text? I can see 2K on a 17" (that would be great actually) or on a 15.6" screen, but on a 13"? Wow.
    That's pushing it.
    Although, I have a 2K screen on my 6.5" cell phone, so there is that.......but I don't have to find and click little buttons or drop-down lists on it either, and the OS is optimized for it.
  • "Do they also provide you with magnifying glasses to see the text?"
    Um, 2K on 13-inch ultra books is not unusual. What do you think Surface Laptop has? Same with Surface Pro, which is even smaller. Also, plenty of 13-inch laptops now have 4K screens and have had them for a few years now. Hope I didn't just blow your mind. And magnifying glass? Windows 10 automatically sizes text based on screen resolution and screen size to look normal. Of course, you can make it larger or smaller too. This is the weirdest comment this month.
  • "This is the weirdest comment this month." 🤣 You guys sure do get some strange comments.
  • my 13" laptop is 4K, and thank to windows 10 scaling and modern apps I don't have any single issue... maybe do you use ancient apps?
  • Hauwei the only PC maker who won't give you a blue screen.
  • No 4000 series APU? Quite a bummer.
  • That is strange, why even bother?. The Ryzen 4000 is better in every way possible, especially in power usage and it runs much cooler.
  • My thought as well.
  • Like the 3:2 ratio, Ryzen 5, and the cooling system sounds promising, but for $867 I think I'd look for a midrange convertible with a touchscreen and a pen, or at least the ability to use a pen. Base model Surface Laptop 3 with a 10th gen i5 is $899, with a touchscreen, and facial recognition, on the Microsoft Store.
  • Hi Sorry, not being a total techie. I'm confused over the positive reviews for Honor Magicbook AMD vs this Matebook 13 AMD. As far as I can tell they use pretty much the same hardware, but the AMD processor in the Matebook is newer with more memory, etc. The price at the moment is very similar and I'l like to buy my daughter a (Apple) copycat notebook which she can use for school, watch Netflix and that's about it....maybe play Fortnite? Can someone give me some advice?