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[Review] A True PC-Like Experience - HUAWEI MatePad Air



+ Lightweight tablet w/ Big Display

- Filled with bloatware

+ Best for Students & Professionals

+ LTE Connectivity Available

HUAWEI MatePad Air

Price: RM 2,799

HUAWEI Malaysia has recently launched a range of new Smart Office Products, including the latest nova 11 Series. The HUAWEI MatePad Air is one of the exciting additions to the lineup. It's a brand-new 11.5-inch tablet designed for those who require a perfect device for on-the-go work or as an entertainment powerhouse!



The HUAWEI MatePad Air Graphite Black sports a shimmering matte finish that is elegant and pretty much fingerprint-proof. There's nothing much going on at the back of the MatePad Air except for the 13MP rear camera and a flash sitting at the corner.

Aside from that, you'll be getting a magnetic casing with a detachable HUAWEI Smart Keyboard for the MatePad Air, which is quite convenient for those who loved a PC-like experience on the tablet. Do note that the HUAWEI M-Pencil has to be purchased separately for RM499. However, if you purchase the MatePad Air during the Launch Sale which lasts until 31 July 2023, you will be able to receive it as a free gift.

The MatePad Air is equipped with a total of four speakers located on both sides which deliver an immersive surround sound experience. Whether you're enjoying your favorite music, watching movies, or playing games, this tablet is the ideal choice that meets all your needs!



The MatePad Air boasts a large 11.5-inch, 2.8K resolution display that provides users with an immersive viewing experience. Besides, the display supports a remarkable 144Hz high refresh rate to ensure that the on-screen motion is incredibly fluid and responsive.

The 11.5-inch display not only provides a bright and clear visual experience but also offers advantages in real-time strategy games like Clash of Clans and Rise of Kingdoms. With more screen space available, you have the freedom to deploy your strategies effectively and keep an eye on the entire situation without the hassle of constantly navigating across the map.



Under the hood, the MatePad Air packs a punch with its Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform processor with 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM, offering a lag-free and efficient performance for seamless multitasking and fast-app launches.

The MatePad Air is able to handle graphics-intensive games like Genshin Impact. However, it would be quite uncomfortable for people like me who are not used to a huge touch-screen display when it comes to 3D games. Still, this is a matter of personal choice.

Furthermore, the thing that draws the HUAWEI MatePad Air from the other standard tablets in the competition is the PC-like experience you'll get with the unique WPS Office. It allows you to turn your tablet into a versatile workstation by providing support with a range of tools and features that is available on the PC's Microsoft Office software.

You can see that MatePad Air's WPS Office offers advanced tools for your document so you can get work done efficiently even when you're not in front of the PC. Most importantly, the files will be stored in the same format (docx, xlsx, pptx), allowing you to easily share them across devices.

It's worth mentioning that the SuperHub feature on MatePad Air further enhances productivity by simplifying image and file sharing. With SuperHub, you can effortlessly hold and drag anything to the clipboard, making it easier to manage and share it with others.

You may also make use of the Super Device if you own any of the HUAWEI products for multi-device collaboration.

As for sustainability, I think that the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge would be the only drawback for an 8300 mAh battery capacity device. Therefore, to ensure sufficient battery life for a trip, you may need to plug in the charger a bit earlier to make sure uninterrupted usage during extended periods away from power outlets.


Buy or no buy?

In a nutshell, the HUAWEI MatePad Air is a true powerhouse that excels in every aspect. Whether you're a creative professional, a multimedia enthusiast, or a productivity-focused user, the MatePad Air exceeds expectations by providing an unparalleled tablet experience. Even so, you have to consider having to rely on the GBox in order to use Google apps.

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