Huawei Matebook 13 VS Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13: Design, Hardware, Features Comparison Review


Currently, mainstream Notebook screens on the market are roughly 12-17 inches in size, but with the popularity of thin and thin frames in recent years, notebook screens have been concentrated in 1-2 sizes.

Apple MacBook Pro.

Industry giants are also merging on the size of the screen. As far as Apple is concerned, in addition to the unrenewed MacBook, the minimum screen size of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro stays at 13.3 inches; and Microsoft’s traditional notebook products Surface Laptop and SurfaceBook 2 The minimum size is also 13.5 inches.

In other words, they think that 13 inches should be one of the most popular gold sizes on the market. The most important reason is that 13 inches can maintain a perfect balance between portability and productivity. I believe many readers and Consumers are also empathetic.

At the end of this year, the domestic 13-inch notebook market ushered in two heavyweight products – Huawei MateBook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, respectively, from the notebook market, the new expensive Huawei and the traditional king.

The picture above shows Huawei Matebook 13, and the picture below shows Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13.

These two products have a lot in common, such as the new architecture of the Core low-voltage processor, also equipped with the MX150 graphics card, similar appearance positioning, similar release time, and the same 13-inch screen size.

These two notebooks are also one of the two most popular 13-inch notebooks on the market. They also have the 13-inch strongest and lightest praise. Recently, I got these two notebooks. How are they performing? Who is the real king of the 13-inch product?

Second, the appearance of contrast: appearance/keyboardhin/ interface you want to know is here

Design & Appearance

Huawei MateBook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 both use a metal-integrated body design. The A-side is made of a single piece of aluminum alloy, which is excellent in both looks and feel.

However, in the A-side design, the two notebooks have different styles. The Huawei Matebook 13 adopts the traditional logo centered design, while the Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is more low-key. The Lenovo logo is placed in the corner of the A side. I feel that Lenovo A has nothing to lose.

The design of the two is only different in style, and it can’t be talked about, but in contrast, Huawei is more beautiful, and Lenovo is more and more restrained and low-key.

As for the feel, both notebooks use anodized aluminum blasting technology, the matte particles feel smooth and delicate, with a highly integrated aluminum alloy Aside, the quality is overflowing.

Open the screen to see the B side, both notebooks use the popular narrow border style, but Huawei Matebook 13 is designed with four sides narrow frame, while Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is a traditional three-sided narrow frame design, and it is obvious that the border of Huawei Matebook 13 is more Narrower, due to the contrast of the screen part, the specific content will be detailed in the screen comparison section below.

As for the C side, the keyboard of the Huawei Matebook 13 looks a lot like the MacBook’s butterfly keyboard. It is also a fairly large rounded rectangular full-size keycap. The advantage of this design is that it is easier for the finger to strike the correct keycap and reduce errors.

Lenovo Air 13 continues Lenovo’s classic smile keyboard design, the bottom of the keycap is round, and there is a certain arc in the middle of the keycap, Lenovo users should be very familiar with this design.

The difference between the two on the keyboard is clear at a glance, Lenovo’s keycap spacing is wider than Huawei’s, and the size of the keycaps is not much different. As for the keyboard feel, the keystrokes of the two are similar. Huawei’s button feedback is harder and the rebound is faster, while Lenovo’s feedback is softer.

It is also worth mentioning that the keyboards of Huawei Matebook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 both support keyboard backlighting, which is beneficial when used at night.

On the left is the Huawei Matebook 13 touchpad, and on the right is the Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 touchpad.

Followed by the touchpad, Huawei’s Matebook 13’s touchpad is very slender, Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is more generous, but the area, by virtue of the length advantage, Huawei Matebook 13 is undoubtedly much bigger.

The figure above shows the measured weight of Huawei Matebook 13, which is 1342.6g. The figure below shows the measured weight of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, which is 1257.9g. The joint wants to be lighter than Huawei.

As for the thickness, Huawei Matebook 13 has a thickness of 14.9mm, while Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 has a nominal thickness of 14.8mm, but its thickest part is 15.8mm, but it is thicker than Huawei by 1mm, but in general, two Notebooks are quite thin and light in 13-inch notebooks.

Interface comparison

The picture above shows the comparison between the left side interface of Huawei (upper) and Lenovo (below). The following picture shows the comparison between the right side interface of Huawei (upper) and Lenovo (below).

Huawei Matebook 13 only has 2 Type-C interfaces and +1 3.5mm headphone jacks; Lenovo has 2 USB-A ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 3.5mm headphone jack, and 1 Type-C port. The number and variety of interfaces are more abundant.

However, it is worth mentioning that the charging port of Huawei Matebook 13 is also a Type-C interface, which supports PD protocol. The computer charging head also supports charging the mobile phone. If your mobile phone is also a Type-C port, you only need to carry the computer when you travel. The charging head + cable can be used universally, and it can be less with a mobile phone charger. In addition, thanks to the Type-C interface, the charging treasure supporting the PD protocol can also charge the Huawei Matebook 13 emergency, which is very convenient.

The Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is still a traditional dedicated round charging port. It must carry the original charger when traveling, and it cannot be charged by the charging treasure, which is slightly lacking in portability.

Third, the screen contrast: screen accounted for 88% vs 80% more productive 3:2 screen

Huawei MateBook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 have adopted the popular design of this year’s notebook market – narrow borders, narrow borders provide better design, use immersion and a smaller body, the advantages are numerous, then the problem comes Whose border is narrower?

On the left is Huawei Matebook 13, and on the right is Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, which can be seen very intuitively. The screen border on the left is narrower than the one on the right.

The same is true. The width of the left and right borders of Huawei Matebook 13 is 4.4mm, while the width of the left and right borders of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is 6.25mm. The narrower border also brings a higher screen ratio, Huawei/Lenovo screen. The proportion is 88%/80%.

Of course, Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13’s screen design has been very good, but as the first brand to propose a comprehensive screen concept for notebooks, Huawei’s research and accumulation in screen share ratio is more radical than other manufacturers. It can be said that Huawei Matebook 13’s high-screen ratio is also among the best in the same level as a 13-inch notebook.

Screen quality Comparison

Speaking of the screen, the biggest difference between the two notebooks is the resolution. Huawei Matebook 13 uses 2160×1400 2K resolution, while Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is a common 1920×1080 resolution.

In the actual close-range use process, it is also obvious that the Huawei Matebook 13 is clearer in the picture and font display.

Of course, the resolution is only one aspect of the screen performance. Whether the screen is good or not depends on the quality of the two screens. Here I used the Datacolor Spyder5 Elite Red Spider 5 Generation Color Corrector to measure the color gamut and brightness of the two screens. test.

Here is a statement that the official nominal color gamut and brightness of both notebooks are 100% sRGB and 300 nits, but there will be a slight gap between each product. The test results here only represent the screen of the two notebooks in the author’s hand. Quality, not universal.

The picture on the left shows the screen gamut test results of Huawei Matebook 13, and the picture on the right shows the screen gamut test results of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13.

You can see that Huawei’s color gamut is 99% sRBG and 76% Adobe RGB, while Lenovo’s color gamut is 95% sRGB and 73% Adobe RGB.

At present, the mainstream screen gamut standards are NTSC, sRGB and Adobe RGB, and the common color gamut of notebook screens on the market is 45% NTSC, 72% NTSC and 100% sRGB, which is not repeated here because of the three standard conversions. Speaking of the results, 45% NTSC is the lowest color richness, 72% NTSC and 100% sRGB are not good or bad, but 100% sRGB performance is generally more stable.

It can be seen that the screen color gamut of Huawei Matebook 13 is wider than that of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, but the range is only about 4%, and the gap is not big.

Then there is the screen brightness.

The above table shows the screen brightness test results of Huawei Matebook 13, and the table below shows the screen brightness test results of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13.

Huawei Matebook 13 measured a minimum brightness of 3.8 cd/m2 (1 nit = 1 cd/m2), with a maximum brightness of 243 cd/m2; while Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 has a minimum brightness of 0 cd/m2 and a maximum brightness of 265 cd/ M2.

The association of brightness is higher, but the gap is not big. The unexpected thing is that Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 has a minimum brightness of 0 cd/m2 (of course, it is not completely black, but it can also see the screen faintly), which is very suitable for night use.

3:2 screen and 16:9 screen contrast

When I compare two notebooks in my daily work, I always feel that the Huawei MateBook 13 is more convenient. I didn’t care about it at first, but when I put them together, I found out the mystery.

This difference is on the screen. In addition to the difference in border width and panel quality, Huawei Matebook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 have a very important difference on the screen, that is, the screen ratio. Huawei Matebook 13 uses a 3:2 ratio screen, while Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 has a 16:9 ratio.

The author’s main job is to write all kinds of manuscripts. In order to ensure the authenticity of the content, the documents and web pages are always opened at the same time, and the materials are searched while writing, so the split screen function is often used, and the difference comes.

On the left is Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, and on the right is Huawei Matebook 13. You can see that the screen of Huawei Matebook 13 displays an extra 1-2 lines of webpage text.

It should be noted that the above figure is compared with the default zoom. Lenovo defaults to 120% zoom, while Huawei defaults to 150% zoom because of higher resolution. If the Huawei Matebook 13 is also adjusted to 120% zoom, the contrast effect will be more obvious.

On the left is Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, and on the right is Huawei Matebook 13. In the same 120% zoom, Huawei displayed 6-7 lines of webpage text than Lenovo. The page shows almost 1/3 of the content. Huawei’s 3:2 screen is based on a wider height. In the case of more content, this has caused Huawei to use a more comfortable impression.

Of course, 3:2 is not a Huawei patent. In fact, Microsoft’s Surface series generally adopts a 3:2 screen. It seems that Microsoft is also favoring 3:2.

Hardware & Performance

The Huawei Matebook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 are equipped with the i7-8565U/i5-8265U processor. Although these two processors are still part of the eighth-generation low-voltage Core processor, the architecture has been upgraded to Whiskey Lake. There are also some changes in the naming, the new processors all end with “65”.

As can be seen from the above table, the biggest difference between Whiskey Lake is that there is a very large increase in frequency. The highest core frequency of the i7-8565U has reached an astonishing 4.6GHz, which is the first time in the history of low-voltage processors. The i5-8265U is closer to the i7-8550U in terms of specifications, as well as quad-core and eight-thread, 1.8GHz base frequency and 3.7GHz full-core frequency.

As for the graphics card, the two notebooks all chose the MX150 graphics card, but there are differences.

The MX150 graphics card is the latest mobile graphics card released by NVIDIA this year. It is an upgraded version of the previously used thin and light Geforce 940MX graphics card. The MX150 is not a model versatile. It is divided into two versions according to power consumption. Huawei Matebook 13 is equipped with 25W high-performance version MX150. As for Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13, I did not find relevant information, but from the performance of running points, It is speculated that its MX150 should be a low-power version.

Need to pay attention to is that the Huawei MateBook 13 in the hands of the i7-8565U + 8GB memory configuration, and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 uses the i5-8265U + 8GB memory configuration, Huawei’s CPU running points will certainly be higher.

The author selected CineBench R15 and 3DMark two test software to test Huawei’s MateBook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 in the hands of the author.

The above picture shows the results of the R15 running of Huawei Matebook 13. The following picture shows the R15 running results of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13.

Here for the convenience of comparison, the author also added the i7-8550U test scores to the chart.

Obviously, the i7-8550U should be the worst performer among the three. The i5-8265U is slightly less than the single-core, and the multi-core is almost the same as the i7-8550U.

The performance of the i7-8565U is even better. The single-core running score leads the i7-8550U 9%, and the multi-core running score leads the i7-8550U 21%. It has completely surpassed the low-voltage processor of the previous generation architecture. Intel’s toothpaste power is well-deserved.

3DMark comparison

Two notebooks were tested using 3DMark’s Sky Diver and Cloud Gate test programs.

The left picture shows the 3DMark test results of Huawei Matebook 13, and the right picture shows the 3DMark test results of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13.

It can be seen that although the same MX150 graphics card, but the gap is quite obvious, Huawei’s Matebook 13 two test items running points are 10% and 25% higher than Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 respectively.

Game frame number comparison

The gap in the graphics card running points is also fully populated into the game. I use the Tomb Raider Rise here to test the performance of the two notebooks with a resolution of 1280×720, medium quality, using the game’s own test items. Test, the results are as follows.

The figure above shows the frame number test result of Huawei Matebook 13. The following figure shows the 3DMark frame number test result of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13. In terms of the average number of frames, Huawei Matebook 13 is 41.90 frames, and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 is 36.06 frames. Huawei is 5.84 frames higher than Lenovo.

Hard Disk Speed Comparison

Here I used the CrytalDiskMark software to test the hard disk speed of Huawei MateBook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13.

Both notebooks use NVMe SSD. Huawei’s continuous reading speed is 300MB/s faster than Lenovo’s. However, the continuous reading speed of both is about 2.6-3GB/s, which is the performance of the top NVMe SSD. SATA SSD is 5 times faster.

Temperature Comparison

Speaking of temperature, I have to talk about the fan design of two notebooks, the first is Huawei Matebook 13:

Can be seen from the disassembled picture of the wit cat, Huawei Matebook 13 uses a dual fan design, the speed reached an amazing 8000rpm, Huawei named it “shark fin 2.0”, CPU and MX150 are located on both sides of the motherboard, two The heat pipes are respectively heat-conducting, and the heat-receiving plates also cover the parts including the memory and the power supply module. The advantage of this is that the heat of the two heat sources is not stacked, which facilitates rapid discharge.

The Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 has adopted a single fan design:

Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13’s cooling system consists of two heat pipes and a 5cm turbofan and corresponding heat sink.

With the dual fan system, Huawei Matebook 13 has excellent heat dissipation efficiency, although its i7-8565U is more powerful than the i5-8265U powered by Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 in the hands of the author, the temperature of Huawei has been with the machine during the copying process. Lenovo maintains the same level, both at 60-70 degrees, there is no obvious gap, and the C-face temperature of the two notebooks are also around 31 degrees, which is also very close.

Five, experience comparison: NFC one second pass file power fingerprint two in one black technology

File transfer experience

The convenience of file transfer is one of the metrics that affect the usability of notebooks. In the past, whether it was convenient or not was determined by the number of interfaces of the notebook, but there were some changes in Huawei Matebook 13.

As previously announced at the Huawei Mate 20 conference, Huawei MateBook 13 supports Huawei Share 3.0, which has a transmission speed of 30MB/s. It only needs to be touched gently. The Mate 20 series phone can be used within 2 minutes. The notebook transmits up to 1000 photos, and the Share 3.0 feature also supports mobile phone PC text recognition, as well as PC-transfer mobile phones (pictures only) and many other useful features. However, this feature only supports Huawei phones with NFC function and updated EMUI 9.

The innovative design of HUAWEI Share 3.0 not only attracts tens of millions of Huawei mobile phone users but also partially alleviates the insufficiency of Huawei Matebook 13 interface. More importantly, the functional experience on wireless is impeccable.

The Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 has a very good experience in file transfer with its more body interface, but it still continues the traditional data line transmission design without any surprises.

Fingerprint Comparison

Like the narrow border, fingerprints are one of the standard features of notebooks that have become popular in recent years. Huawei and Lenovo are naturally absent. Huawei Matebook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 are equipped with fingerprint recognition functions, but the details are slightly different.

Huawei Matebook 13 is equipped with a power fingerprint two-in-one button, which can be called black technology. Specifically, this fingerprint-type power button only needs to be clicked once, and the computer can complete the boot + fingerprint recognition to enter the desktop. Like most other notebooks on the market, press the power button once to enter the desktop and press the fingerprint button again.

Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13’s fingerprint button design is a typical “lost notebook”, its power button is located in the upper right corner of the C surface, and the fingerprint button is located at the palm rest of the lower right corner of the C surface. As mentioned above, the boot operation must be divided into Two times, compared to the power supply fingerprint of Huawei Matebook 13, it is more complicated.

Availability & Verdict

In the process of writing This review, there is a sentence that always lingers between the author’s fingers. It is extremely fascinating. At first, its face is unrecognizable, but at this point, the author finally sorts out the thoughts covering it.

The true face of this sentence is: “Huawei Matebook 13 and Lenovo Air 13 are like two years of notebook products.”

When using Huawei Matebook 13, whether it is 88% screen ratio and 3:2 productivity screen, or power fingerprint two-in-one button, or HUAWEI Share 3.0 one pass, shark fin 2.0 fan, Type-C power port / charging Treasure charging, you can easily notice the little innovation on it, let you feel that you are using a product that stands on the trend.

However, Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 gives people the opposite feeling. It conforms to the trend but has a well-regulated design. The traditional 16:9 screen, the power interface that cannot be used universally, the separate fingerprint recognition, etc., there are many times in the body. Imprint.

But in general, both notebook products are quite good 13-inch notebooks.

In terms of appearance, both adopt an integrated metal body design, and the anodized aluminum process also brings a very good texture and look and feel. Lenovo is lighter and thinner, and the interface is more abundant; however, Huawei’s touchpad has a larger area.

As for the screen, Huawei’s advantage is very obvious, narrow to 4mm frame, 88% super high screen ratio, the parameters are better than Lenovo; in the case of screen gamut brightness performance is similar, 2160×1440 2K resolution is undoubtedly It is more popular than Lenovo’s 1080P; and the 3:2 ratio of Huawei notebooks is also more productive in daily work than the 16:9 screen.

In terms of performance, the configuration of the two is almost the same. The new architecture of the i7-8565U/i5-8265U has completely surpassed the previous generation of the eight-generation Core low-voltage processor; however, the performance of the two on the graphics card is unexpected, Huawei relies on 25W full The blood MX150 graphics card, the running score is 10-20% higher than the Lenovo that also uses the MX150 graphics card, and the average game frame number is also higher than 5 frames.

As for the price, Huawei Matebook 13 and Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 both start at 4,999 yuan, but compared to the top price of i7+8G+512G, the slightly higher configuration of Huawei Matebook 13 is lower than Lenovo’s new Air 13 Yuan, the price is very outstanding, and considering Huawei’s leading experience in many experiences, the cost of Huawei Matebook 13 is undoubtedly higher than that of Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13. I believe that readers have no objection to this.

In summary, Huawei Matebook 13 performs better than Lenovo Xiaoxin Air 13 in many aspects. Huawei Matebook 13 is undoubtedly the best 13-inch thin and light this product.

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