Exhibitions such as Computex 2023 provide a unique opportunity to see products that have not yet been officially announced. This is exactly what happened with the latest version of the MSI Prestige 16 Studio laptop, which appeared at the company’s demonstration stand. The peculiarity of the modification is that it used the long-awaited 14th-generation Intel processor under the code name Meteor Lake.
Earlier this year at CES 2023, MSI introduced the entry-level version of the Prestige 16, equipped with 13th-generation Core i7 chips (Raptor Lake). However, the version shown at Computex 2023 appeared to be equipped with Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake processor, although its specification was ambiguously stated to be equipped with “the latest Intel Core i7 processor”.
The demo Prestige 16 was equipped with a mysterious Intel Core i7 processor that boasts 22 threads. That is, we are probably talking about Meteor Lake, which contains six P-cores, eight E-cores, and two E-cores in the SoC tile (6+8+2). Only P-cores support Hyper-Threading, so the processor has a 16-core, 22-thread configuration (6/12+8+2).
Notably, the chip also featured a dedicated Movidius VPU processor on board, a hallmark of the Meteor Lake series. Although the clock speed was listed at 3.1 GHz, it remained unclear if this was the final specification.
MSI Prestige 16 is made of magnesium-aluminum alloy and weighs only 1.5 kg. By comparison, the previous version weighed 2.1 kilograms, so the Meteor Lake-based version has lost about 29% of its weight.
The laptop received a 16-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2560×1600. Panel specifications remain unchanged from the previous iteration. However, MSI has not confirmed whether the new model retains the 165Hz refresh rate. Nevertheless, the panel could boast certification for 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.
Visitors to the exhibition were presented with two versions of the Prestige 16. The standard model is the Evo with the Intel Evo certificate, which indicates the presence of integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. While the Studio version combined an Intel Meteor Lake processor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU.
MSI boasted the Prestige 16’s exceptional battery life of around 24 hours. However, the company did not provide detailed information on exactly how the battery life was tested. The laptop supports USB PD Revision 3.1 for charging up to 140 W. In addition, the Prestige 16 is equipped with one HDMI port, two USB Type-C ports, and one USB Type-A port. The laptop has a built-in card reader for SD cards and an Ethernet port. Also, unlike the previous Prestige 16 models, the fingerprint sensor in the new model is built into the power button and not the touchpad.
According to MSI’s announcement, the Prestige 16 Studio/Evo will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.