- The pen is not as sensitive as I liked
+ Smooth Display
- The back feels rough to touch
+ Impressive added keyboard
- Lack of color selection
HUAWEI Matepad Pro 11
A week ago, I wrote my first impression of the HUAWEI Matepad Pro 11. However, today, it’s time to spice things up and write a more in-depth review on the HUAWEI Matepad Pro 11 so you can see if it’s worth your ‘ca-ching’ before making that purchase.
From what I have written in my first impression article, the HUAWEI comes in the color Golden Black and has a matte yet coarse finish. It doesn’t feel smooth to the touch which made me uncomfortable holding it without a casing because it feels like I’m scratching on a piece of paper.
The circular camera is located on the upper left of the tablet, it does provide a slight bump if laid flat on the table but when the casing is added, it makes a flat and even surface which allows the tablet to lay flat on the table.
Weighing 449 grams, it made bringing it around somewhat more seamless and easier, it is also thin enough for me to slide into a sling bag which is a bonus point because I am skinny and weight hurts my shoulder, especially when traveling long distances.
As the name suggests, the HUAWEI MatePad 11 Pro comes with an 11” OLED display and a 92% screen-to-body ratio. It also comes with a 120Hz refresh rate for a more immersive experience. Personally, I did not experience any lag or delay in terms of the screen response time.
If you are looking to get a tablet for creative works, this tablet comes with a P3 wide color gamut in order to achieve better color accuracy.
What I found different about this tablet was that the 16MP front camera can be found within the display compared to other tablets in the market which place the camera on the bezel, resulting in thicker ones.
In terms of audio, it has two-air grille speakers on both sides of the tablet which sums up to a total of four speakers. The HUAWEI Matepad 11 Pro speaker is also powered by HUAWEI SOUND. In my opinion, the sound output was loud enough to blast music and even for meetings, it does however slightly lack the bass.
As it is a tablet, the charging port can be found on the bottom while the volume rocker is located on the right of the tablet and the lock button is on the top.
Optional accessory (Keyboard)
Upon purchasing the HUAWEI Matepad 11 Pro, you have the option to grab some accessories to elevate your experience a tad bit better. I managed to get two accessories which are the HUAWEI Matepad Pro keyboard and the HUAWEI M-Pencil Gen 2.
The HUAWEI Matepad Pro keyboard which felt rather stiff upon my initial reaction turned out to be wrong and it is a personal favorite. The keyboard felt rather firm and solid to type on compared to the plastic-y feel I have imagined earlier on.
It had no lags and could process out my words with no input lag at all and typos were not an issue despite the size difference compared to my usual-sized keyboard.
While the HUAWEI M-Pencil Gen 2 also didn’t cause me any trouble and worked well for all my needs. As it’s small and compact, I could slide it into the sleeve that came with the keyboard or stick it onto the tablet to charge.
There was no input lag although I had to press a little harder than normal for the tablet to actually detect my writing.
Specifications-wise, my review unit comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform processor and Adreno 660 Graphics it also comes on board with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. The specs it comes with did not disappoint me in terms of usage and I experienced no lag.
Meanwhile, there is also another version that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Mobile Platform processor and Adreno 650 graphics and an option for 128GB of storage.
Battery-wise, it comes with an 8300mAh battery and a 66W Super Charge adapter that is included in the bundle.
Buy or no buy?
As we have entered an era where everyone is trying to lessen their carbon footprint, I would say that the HUAWEI Matepad 11 Pro is actually a great investment as it can be used as a laptop to make basic presentations (with the added accessories) and we can also write notes on it without the need to use unnecessary papers.
All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a tablet that can do basic to mediocre work that doesn’t weigh you down when you are on the go.