Powering the Huawei Matebook D 15 is an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U quad-core processor paired with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Huawei’s trade-deal ban by the US forbids them from using Intel-based chips until the ban lifts. While it’s a weaker processor compared to the i5-8250u, there’s a silver lining when it comes to pricing, which we’ll discuss at a later part.
Frankly, the underwhelming performance of the Matebook D is more of AMD’s fault rather than Huawei themself. Synthetic benchmark results suggest the Ryzen 5 3500U can’t do anything outside web browsing and Microsoft office.
Storage is where Huawei compensated as it equipped the Matebook D 15 with a 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo. The SSD used on the laptop is a Samsung PM981 OEM NVMe SSD. It’s one of the best OEM SSDs available in the market.
The hard drive, on the other hand, is a Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 2.5″ drive.
Both CrystalDiskMark benchmarks show the drives operating at their rated speeds.