Huawei held an online launch event today, unveiling the new nova 7 series of phones,but alongside them we also got the new Huawei MatePad. It is essentially a toned-down version of the MatePad Pro, announced last November in China.
The Huawei MatePad is built around a 10.4″ 2,000 x 1,200 pixel IPS display and a Kirin 810 chipset. It packs a 7,250mAh battery with 18W fast charging via Type-C port.
Other hardware highlights of the MatePad include two 8MP cameras. The rear one does come complete with autofocus, while the selfie one is fixed focus. All of this is crammed inside a 245.2mm x 154.96mm x 7.35mm metal body, tipping the scale at 450 grams.
Most of the published press materials focus on the tablet’s use as an educational tool. Huawei has baked-in an education center, full of learning resources and complete with tis own special “focus UI”.
It works alongside a few other measures to make sure that younger users of the MatePad focus on their schoolwork and don’t become addicted. And seeing how the biggest use case for the MatePad will likely be reading text, the tablet also includes a special reading mode, which not only cuts-out blue light and simulates a monochrome e-paper like experience, but also monitors for the user’s eye distance and posture. Neat.
EMUI on the MatePad also offer multi-window support and integration with other compatible devices as part of the new EMUI 10.1. There are no Google Services in case you were wondering. The MatePad also offers support for Huawei’s M-Pencil stylus accessory.
The Huawei MateBook features four large Harman Kardon-tuned speakers and an array of four microphones. In addition to boosting multimedia experience it also facilitates virtual learning and classrooms.
The Huawei MatePad is available in a trio of configurations: 4GB + 64GB Wi-Fi, 6GB + 128GB Wi-Fi and 6GB + 128GB LTE. These will set you back CNY 1,899 ($270), CNY 2,199 ($310) and CNY 2,499 ($350), respectively. You can have it in any color as long as it is white.