HUAWEI MatePad Review

HUAWEI MatePad Review

Huawei MatePad is the HUAWEI’s follow up on the successful MatePad Pro. I have not used a tablet for a long time because I didn’t see the need for it since most smartphones now have big screens and more than capable specs. Will the MatePad convince me to get one? Let’s find out!

Out of the box, it comes with just the unit and a charger. As a promo, it came with the M Pencil and a separate charger for it. It also came with a folio case as part of the bundle.

The back is plastic but still feels premium. On top is where the power button is while the volume rocker is on the right. The left side comes with four microphones and another one at the back near the camera which makes it ideal for capturing audio during online meetings or conferences. To top it off, the HUAWEI MatePad comes with four speakers powered by the Huawei Histen 6.0 3D stereo and Harman Kardon. It’s my favorite feature of the MatePad. It levels up the experience when watching a movie and playing games.

The MatePad has a 10.4 inch IPS screen with a 2000 x 1200 resolution with 224 pixels per inch. The size of the screen is perfect for handheld (or on a stand) entertainment. Whether your watching K-Drama, browsing the internet, or playing games. I’m pretty impressed with the screen especially watching videos, playing games, or reading an article. I guess I missed having a huge screen.

The MatePad’s huge screen is enclosed in a thin bezel that houses the 8MP selfie camera which is good enough for video conferences, but I suggest you get well lit for it for better results. The rear camera is also far from the Leica sensors that the smartphone line up.

Students who will be using tablets for their online classes will appreciate the flexibility of it. They’ll be able to see the whole class when using Teams, Zoom, or Google Meet for their classes because of a bigger screen and listen to the lessons clearly with four awesome speakers.

On a side note, the M Pencil will be their best friend as it automatically recognizes and translates whatever you write on it as well as solve equations for you, but the teacher wouldn’t want that.

Multitasking won’t be a problem with its Kirin 810 2.27GHz octa-core processor, Mali G52 GPU, and 4GB RAM.

The MatePad is no iPad Pro killer, I’ll leave that to the big bro – Matepad Pro, but this dude is the best mid-range tablet around. If you’re worried about not having Google, Huawei has already created fixes for that – Huawei AppGallery and the new Petal Search.

To conclude HUAWEI’s Matepad made me want to own a tablet again. The experience of playing games and watching videos is a lot better and having it on a Matepad raises it ten notches higher. Here are the specs:

  • 10.4-inch 2000×1200 IPS Display (224ppi)
  • Kirin 810 2.27GHz octa-core CPU
  • Mali G52 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE (on LTE model)
  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11 AC
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
  • Huawei M Pencil Support
  • Sound by Harman Kardon
  • Huawei Share
  • USB Type-C
  • EMUI 10.1 (Based on Android 10)
  • 7,250mAh battery