The offbeat player in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung, the Huawei MatePad 11 aims to cater to the needs of people who want a combination of ultra-portability and performance. However, with Google services out of the window and Huawei’s proprietary Harmony OS running under the hood, sceptics are wondering whether it is a product worth considering. Read on to explore the bigger picture!
Available in three hues, namely Matte Grey, Isle Blue, and Olive Green, the MatePad 11 sports an incredibly bright display measuring 10.95″ diagonally. The IPS panel touchscreen is the highlight of the hardware setup, and with its 120 Hz refresh rate and 2560x1600p resolution, ideal for gaming and visual projects.
The build quality is formidable, and the materials used feel top-notch. On the edges are volume rockers and a power button along with a USB C port for charging and connecting accessories. Unfortunately, much like other modern-day smart devices, the headphone jack has been omitted from the Huawei MatePad 11. A separate adapter via the USB C port needs to be purchased to use wired headphones.
Coupled with the Huawei smart keyboard, the MatePad 11 is an incredibly lightweight and convenient device that enables productivity and high input speed.
The Huawei MatePad 11 is powered by a high performance SoC- the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G. Coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, it offers varying performance levels, providing users flexibility to use it for various roles. It poses as a viable option for people who are looking for a holistic package in the tab market, providing enough performance for smooth gaming and video calls.
The touch interaction too is fluid and loading times are decent, the MatePad 11 makes complete use of the Snapdragon 865 5G chipset and enables users to enjoy a device that is on the top of its game in terms of performance.
The camera setup on the MatePad 11 isn’t bad, but it isn’t exciting either. The rear camera is a 13 MP sensor capable of recording 4k videos whereas the front camera is an 8 MP sensor capable of 1080p recording. There are many functions like slow motion and HDR which are missing from the camera app which we have seen in other Huawei devices, their presence in the camera system is sorely missed.
With a behemoth of a battery (7500 mAh), it comes as no surprise that the Huawei MatePad 11 will last up to almost 41 hours in performance mode and 57 hours in battery saving mode. Such high battery scores are enough to last an entire day or two of intense work and are a big selling point for the device. It takes about an hour and a half to charge from 0 to 100%, an excellent time that enables users to keep their productivity levels high.
Now it is time to address the elephant in the room. Due to its ongoing trade tensions with the United States government, Huawei has opted out from the group of manufacturers using the Google services ecosystem. This means that we won’t be seeing Android based Huawei devices for a while (or ever). Their proprietary operating system named Harmony OS has been talked about quite a lot. Some people may call it an Android look alike, and they won’t be far from the truth. Made using a Linux Kernel and with the same Huawei UI as before, Harmony OS claims to be backwards compatible with Android apps, though obviously, there is no Play Store to download the same.
While the 45,000 apps on the Huawei App Gallery may sound huge, one must not forget the fact that the Android Play Store has 3.48 Million. Many searches on the App Gallery render blank results, leading users to download the APKs for the same from third party websites, putting them in a vulnerable position for being burdened with Malware.
Huawei aims to provide a holistic package with the MatePad 11, and while the exciting performance and good battery life help them make their case, the underwhelming camera and small Harmony OS ecosystem stop them from reaching their goal.
- Beautiful Display
- Great performance
- Excellent Battery
- Underwhelming Camera
- Lack of apps in the Harmony OS ecosystem