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Huawei Matepad Review: Your Perfect Work and Play Companion

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Tablet sales nowadays has been doing good since the COVID-19 Pandemic happened. The demand has increased for people whilo are working from home and students who are also attending classes from home. Tablets are very useful tools during this time. Many tech brands have launched their 2020 models including Huawei with the Huawei Matepad. Is it good for e-learning and work from home? Lets find out!


Huawei Matepad specs:

  • Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 810 processor
  • Mali G52 MP6 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • 10.4-inch IPS LCD display (1200 x 2000 pixels)
  • 8MP rear facing camera
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 7,250 mAh battery with 18W fast charge
  • Android 10 with EMUI 10
  • Price: Php 20,990

HARDWARE

The Huawei Matepad has an aluminum frame with glass front. It looks and feels very premium. Its also quite hefty. Our review unit comes with a folio case. But this case is sold separately. Let’s take a quick hardware tour. On the top we have the power button and two Harman Kardon speakers. At the bottom, we have the USB-C port with two more speakers. On the right we have the volume rockers and a SIM card tray. Overall, we have a pretty decent hardware here. Very solid indeed. By the way, those four speakers really sound good!

There is a 10.4-inch display here which is an IPS LCD panel with 1200 x 2000 resolution. It pretty sharp and very bright. It doesn’t go as bright when using it under direct sunlight but general outdoor use is manageable. If we could only nitpick, we wish Huawei opted for an AMOLED panel for punchier and more lively colors especially when using it for multimedia such as games and watching videos.

SOFTWARE

Under the hood there’s Huawei’s own Kirin 810 processor powering the device with 8GB RAM. This is actually a pretty decent chipset matching those 7-series Snapdragon chipsets. It will handle everyday tasks, medium gaming and high quality videos very well. For those who will use it for work from home or e-learning, the Kirin 810 will handle your work with ease. Based on our own daily grind with the device, we normally use the Huawei Matepad mainly for web browsing, reading articles and watching videos. We never encountered any slow downs or hiccups.

The tablet runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top of it. No Google Mobile Services here but it has its own Huawei Mobile Services. Your favorite apps such as Snapchat, Viber, GCash, Tiktok, BDO Mobile Banking and shopping apps like Lazada and Shopee are already available at Huawei App Gallery. Other apps like Facebook, Twitter, Messenger and Instagram can be downloaded via APK Pure. Go to apkpure.com and download their app. Just tweak in the settings to allow download from other sources.

You noticed that we don’t have a camera review. For years now, we have always mentioned that taking photos using a tablet is just bizarre for us. But on the other hand, the 8MP front camera is a big welcome which is perfect for video calls.

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

The Huawei Matepad has a SIM card tray which means it supports 4G/LTE. Since this is a Huawei device, expect excellent reception and data speeds here and we were not disappointed. As for the battery, the 7,250 can last you the whole day. We managed to watch 5 Netflix movies and we still have 25% battery left.

VERDICT

The Huawei Matepad is indeed perfect for e-learning and work from home activities. Apart from that, if you love watching Korean dramas and movies on Netflix, this is also your perfect gadget for your watch party. That us due to its excellent Harman Kardon speakers. 4G/LTE connectivity is also perfect especially if WiFi is not available. It is a perfect tool during this Pandemic times. With that, we give our two thumbs up recommendation!