January 16, 2022

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Huawei MatePad 11 is the first tablet running HarmonyOS: it is already on sale in Slovakia

Huawei MatePad 11: this tablet deserves attention (Review)

It excels in the price/equipment ratio, but the drawbacks need to be overlooked.

Huawei Matepad 11 is The first HarmonyOS tablet In the market and after a long time, it is finally a new tablet from Huawei, which is also sold in Slovakia. And regardless of your relationship to this Chinese community, communication. to its HarmonyOS with AppGallery – This tablet deserves attention.

Obviously, even with the MatePad 11, It does not have Google services. For some it may be restrictive, a certain group of users won’t mind. I have personally used Huawei devices without Google services since its launch and for more than 1.5 years He has a good idea about itWhat restrictions do they have and to what extent they limit me.

I’ll also address the absence of Google services in this review, but I’ll start with an evaluation of the new tablet’s design and hardware.

A piece of modern hardware

One thing must be admitted to the MatePad 11. It is an excellent piece of hardware that combines modern design with powerful components and has no current competition in its price. For 450 euros, you can’t buy a more powerful and modern tablet today This is an objective fact.

Matepad 11 mAh 10.95 inch IPS screen with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. The aspect ratio is 16:10 and the refresh rate is 120 Hz. The bezels surrounding the display are only 7mm thick on all four sides, which I consider to be an excellent value in the tablet segment.

As a result, the tablet is relatively large built Despite the 11 inch screen it offers. Its dimensions are 253.8 x 165.3 x 7.3 mm, and the weight is 485 grams.

Source: Huawei
Huawei Matepad 11

Display and sound reproduction at a high level

I was pleased with the quality of the presentationDespite its IPS screen, the MatePad 11 can compete with some competing tablets with an AMOLED display.

I tested the Huawei MatePad 11 with the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro tablet with an AMOLED display, and while watching the video, I asked several passersby which screen they liked the most. model from Obviously, Huawei has attracted more attention And the Lenovo tablet gained additional points, especially when viewing dark scenes – in this respect, AMOLED screens are more technologically advanced.

Matipad 11 It contains four speakersWhich produces clear, loud and high quality sound. You will appreciate its quality when watching videos as well as listening to music, so In terms of multimedia usage, I can recommend this tablet. Its audio-visual base is at a high level and you probably won’t find a more attractive tablet at this price – certainly not alongside such high performance and other modern technologies.

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One stupid flaw

lack of praise – MatePad 11 has one flaw that is incomprehensible to me. The ambient light sensor is located in the left frame (If you hold the tablet in landscape mode), about halfway through it, so that I always had it covered when I held the tablet in my left hand or in both hands.

The tablet in this case Started to reduce the brightness level to the minimum, which significantly reduces the ability to read the screen. The solution was to turn off the auto brightness. I admit I was surprised, because I haven’t had a similar problem yet and I wonder how many users will have the same experience – Maybe there is something wrong with me and I think the tablet is wrong.

Huawei Matepad 11Source: Huawei
Huawei Matepad 11

No mobile connection

MatePad 11 uses a processor Snapdragon 865 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. There is a microSD card slot. Battery capacity 7250 mAh with fast support 22.5W charging. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 are available.

I’ll repeat, but this one goes I consider the equipment attractive in terms of price With performance, storage, and wireless connectivity in mind, too. However, I was surprised that the tablet is only available in the Wi-Fi version. LTE model not available Not even in the world.

I estimate the battery life at 5.5 hours of video watching at maximum brightness, Straight. 10 to 15 hours of normal use at medium and low brightness settings. Fast charging, which charges the tablet within 2-2.5 hours, will satisfy.

You have expanded the AppGallery with the Aurora Store

HarmonyOS 2.0 offers a similar approach User experience as an Android device. It’s no coincidence that HarmonyOS is based on the Android open source project. In practice, this means that you will not have any problems controlling it and almost all the elements will look familiar to you.

Uses HarmonyOS 2.0 AppGallery App Store. Huawei has been improving it for a long time and in 1.5 years has brought several high-quality applications to its store, respectively. Simplify the process of installing important apps that are not yet visible in the AppGallery. However, I personally prefer to install the Aurora Store – It is an unofficial client of the Google Play Store, where I download all the necessary applications that are not yet in the AppGallery.

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This is how I get into MatePad 11 Download Netflix too I am happy to be able to do this streaming service on my Huawei tablet Watch in HD It is supported offline. This greatly increases the usability of the MatePad in terms of multimedia equipment for travel.

Huawei Matepad 11Source: Huawei
Huawei Matepad 11

What is HarmonyOS?

HarmonyOS provides many controls that are Inspired by iPadOS. You will notice this, for example, in the case of the bottom panel with Quick Apps or in the Quick Control Center processing. It is a pity, however, that You can’t summon the bottom panel when using any appOnly available on the home screen.

Its purpose is to multitask side panelWhich Huawei introduced with EMUI 11. You can view it by swiping your finger from the right side, and then you can easily use many applications in window mode. sometime you can have Up to three apps shown One in full screen mode and two in window mode.

HarmonyOS also offers Super device function, which allows you to connect to compatible devices – for example, you can use this feature to send music or video to a compatible TV. I didn’t get a chance to try it out during the test.

The pen will satisfy with low response

Huawei also offers accessories for the MatePad 11 tablet that you can purchase. there Keyboard cover 109€ touch the pen The second generation of the M-Pen for 99 euros. The cover does not surprise the keyboard and does not even offer a Slovak QWERTZ layout – only a QWERTY layout is available. It’s a common lack of Android tablets, with exceptions like the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro honored.

However, I must praise the pen. It has a 2ms response and the result is Great user experience of drawing and writing which I’m used to so far only from using (Significantly) more expensive discs. Like the iPad, the MatePad offers a feature that retypes handwritten text as if you were typing it with a keyboard.

Huawei Matepad 11Source: Huawei
Huawei Matepad 11

Connect with other Huawei devices

The MatePad 11 offers many features that you will appreciate if you are using another device from this manufacturer. As you see Compatible Huawei Smartphone, you can mirror its screen on the tablet screen to perform the necessary actions without having to hold the phone.

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If you have a MateBookYou can turn your MatePad 11 into a second screen and extend or mirror your laptop screen into a tablet. the condition Connect to the same Wi-Fi network. You can also quickly transfer data from your tablet to your smartphone or files from your tablet to your laptop and vice versa.

I have tried and considered these features Attractive added value. However, I haven’t found a way to activate my phone hotspot directly from the tablet – the way it works in the iPhone + iPad combination. Since there is no LTE version of the MatePad 11, I would appreciate this feature.


Huawei MatePad 11 is a high-quality tablet, which in particular attracts the price / equipment ratio, and given the starter package that Huawei launched in our market, this is doubly true – if you buy a tablet Verb 19. septembraget it Watch GT 2 Pro a FreeBuds 4i سماعات Headphones, all for Reduced price 429 euros.

Thanks to the functions of connecting to Huawei devices, the tablet is attractive to users of smartphones and laptops of this brand. They will use him potential to the fullest. However, I am not afraid to recommend it to other users who are looking Travel multimedia tablet with attractive price/performance/equipment ratio.

No google services I am using MatePad 11 Much less hair Same as on Huawei smartphones, this is also due to the fact that I use other apps and services on the tablet less than I do on the smartphone. So HarmonyOS didn’t limit me in this regard. However, I can imagine that for people who want to play games from the Google Play Store on a tablet, the MatePad 11 would not be a good choice.

Borrowed: Huawei


  • Starter Pack until September 19, 2021 (MatePad 11 + Watch GT 2 Pro + FreeBuds 4i) – €429
  • Matepad 11-449 euros
  • The second generation M-Pen – 99 euros
  • Keyboard cover – 109 euros
  • Quality and modern design
  • Excellent price/performance ratio
  • Fast system and tablet responses
  • Great display quality
  • sound reproduction
  • Features of connecting to Huawei devices
  • Low response when using the second generation M-Pen
  • Fast Shipping
  • Netflix also works in HD
  • The light sensor is incorrectly positioned
  • Weaker display of global apps in AppGallery
  • LTE version not available

Technical Specifications:

Huawei Matepad 11
OS HarmonyOS 2.0, Security July 1, 2021
SIM card format No
RAM / ROM / Other [GB] 6/128 (model tested)
Healer [max. frekvencia] Snapdragon 865, octa core, up to 2.84GHz
Display, number of colors, HDR IPS, 16 million, HDR10 +
display size [palcov]/ Precision [bodov] 10.95/2560 x 1600, 16:10, 120 Hz
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, microSD, audio jack 5.1, ABGNac6, No, Yes, No
Main Camera / Video 13 (f/1.8), 4K, 30fps
Front camera / video 8 (f/2.0) Megapixels, Full HD, 30 fps
battery 7250 mAh
Dimensions [mm]/ Weight [gramov] 253.8 x 165.3 x 7.3 / 485
Shipping USB-C, 22.5 W
launch time price €449
AnTuTu . benchmark 627167
PCMark for Android – Business 3.0 9340
3DMark Wild Life / Stress Test 3805/99.40%
Storage – PCMark 2.0 Storage 14709

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