During the past few weeks, the Huawei MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition has been my go-to device for both entertainment and productivity. Tablets used to be just smartphones with a larger display, but they have now become more than just that, especially with the Huawei MatePad.
Since its launch in 2020, the MatePad has been the go-to tablet for on-the-go productivity and entertainment. Despite the absence of Google, users have found ways to go around it and continue like it was never an issue in the first place. That was my thinking before; I was so impressed with the specs of the MatePad but was held back because of the Google issue. Looking back, it was never really an issue. I’ve been using a MatePad Pro 10.8 for over three years now, and it still delivers.
Going back to the Huawei MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition, aside from the faster processor, latest GPU, better camera, bigger RAM, and other technical upgrades, the new MatePad has a new and exciting trick off its sleeve (or screen). HUAWEI knows that a 2.5k resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, an increased brightness, and a P3 colour gamut won’t be enough to wow its loyal fans, so they came up with something that’ll reduce visual fatigue and eye strain. The screen was so good that it was the first to receive two new certifications for its category.
- SGS Low Visual Fatigue Premium Performance
- TÜV Rheinland Reflection-Free Certification
So what’s special about the display? What’s PaperMatte?
The PaperMatte display has a paper-like texture that ensures a slip-free writing experience. Additionally, its anti-glare technology provides an additional layer of comfort that makes writing, reading, and watching for long hours bearable. This is why I highly recommend this to everyone who uses a tablet a lot for studying, note-taking, portable entertainment, and an office on-the-go device.
I never imagined bringing the HUAWEI MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition with me, as the phone has always been good enough for me. First off, the magnetic keyboard has more than one way to make use of it. You can use it with the keyboard intact or with the keyboard separated from the tablet itself. What makes note-taking more engaging is the M-Pencil. Here are the top reasons why I love taking notes with the HUAWEI MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition:
- Add notes anywhere, including ebooks, documents, images, and more.
- It can create or cut snippets from anywhere and save them as images or park them at SuperHub to use later.
- Copy any color from any image to use for your notes.
- It’s able to convert my not-so-legible handwriting to text. It can read my handwriting better than I can.
- Pressure switches it to an eraser.
On top of all this, the PaperMatte display adds to the writing experience. It does not feel glassy or slip and slide when writing. When using digital pens on tablets or gadget displays, for that matter, it usually feels like tapping on a glass surface; there is no friction. The delay adds frustration when using digital pencils.
The M-Pencil captures each stroke and translates it as if you were writing on paper. The texture of the PaperMatte display is spot on in re-creating the experience. It even sounds as if you are writing on paper. If you hold your ears near the display while writing, you can actually hear the scribbles.
Another reason why the tablet has gotten my full attention is on the entertainment side of it. This is a no-brainer.
The 11-inch display is great for watching videos from your favorite streaming platforms like VIU, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, iWant TV, and many more. Now the PaperMatte display makes it more convenient and comfortable, especially if you are planning to watch 12 episodes in one sitting.
Low visual fatigue is not just on paper; it’s real.
I spent hours reading ebooks and watching movies, and I never had issues with eye comfort. Sure, there are reading modes and eye comfort modes on other devices, but nothing beats the real thing. The display itself was created to do that. On top of that, it comes with four powerful speakers to best enjoy your favourite VivaMax movies.
Not gonna lie, but I used to view my tablet as a device for entertainment only, but recently, I have been using it more often for writing articles and editing with Canva, emails, and project management apps (Slack, Monday, Google Suite). It helps that the new Huawei MatePad comes with a PC-like version of Office Suites. It is not the mobile version that most tablets have; the PC version gives a full-on desktop experience with all the functions, options, and features.
If you have a Huawei MateBook or any PC (which I believe is possible; you just need to install the Huawei applications), you can seamlessly transfer files, manage files, and access your phone on your PC.
Although the MatePad has not fully replaced my good old laptop, it has become my go-to device for quick trips because the display performs well under sunlight or harsh lights.
Having used the Huawei MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition for quite some time, it gave me the confidence and assurance that I can do most things I do on my laptop on a tablet. I’ve enjoyed reading and streaming videos more because of the latest display technology.
Three months ago, we bought our son an iPad for school because it was easier to carry and ebooks are cheaper than physical books. As a nursing student, he reads a lot every day and every night. We got him an ebook for less than Php 100 instead of buying the book itself, which cost around Php 3,500. So we saved over Php3k on one book alone, plus the hassle of bringing a 5-inch-thick book to school every day. He enjoys annotating, scribbling, and highlighting text in his book. He can’t do it with his iPad because the pen is too expensive—around a quarter of the device itself. Plus, the PaperMatte display helps add comfort, given the amount of time he spends reading his lessons.
What’s missing? Aside from the lack of Google, which has long been resolved, I don’t see anything else I need the Huawei MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition to have. It does what it’s supposed to do with flying anti-glare colors.
So, will I recommend the Huawei MatePad 11′ PaperMatte Edition? Definitely, honestly, it can do whatever I need it to do. Take notes, write blogs, read ebooks, watch movies, feel artsy, and be productive on the go. For less than Php30k, you get one of the most comfortable displays ever on a tablet, powerful specs, plus the M-Pencil and the Magic Keyboard.
Here’s the overview of the specs:
- HUAWEI PaperMatte Display, TFT LCD (IPS), up to 120 Hz refresh rate
- 2560 × 1600, 275 PPI
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 870 Mobile Platform
- Octa-core, 1 × Cortex-A77@3.2 GHz + 3 × Cortex-A77@2.42 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A55@1.8 GHz
- Adreno™ 650
- HarmonyOS 3.1
- 128GB Storage / 8GB RAM
- 13 MP (Rear Camera)
- 8 MP (Front Camera)
- Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, USB 2.0 Type C