Huawei’s new MatePad 11 (2023) is a mid-range tablet with up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and support for touch and pen input.

But the tablet’s most distinctive feature is its display. Huawei says the 11 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel IPS LCD display has a 120 Hz refresh rate and “paper-like” qualities that reduce glare and eye strain while improving the handwriting experience. The new MatePad 11 is up for pre-order in China with prices starting at 2199 CNY (about $320)

The starting price is for a model with a Snapdragon 865 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Upgrading to the top-tier specs raises the price to 2899 CNY (about $425). And the stylus is an optional add-on that costs a little more.

According to Huawei, the tablet’s display “eliminates 97% of light interference,” and a “micro-vibration and paper-like damping feel” when using a pressure-sensitive Huawei M-Pencil stylus. The awkward phrasing is probably a combination of vague promises and poor Google Translation. But the company essentially seems to be positioning this display as an alternative to TCL’s NXTPAPER displays: it’s a full color LCD screen rather than electronic ink or ePaper. But the company says it looks and feels a bit more like paper than most LCD screens.

The tablet measures 254 x 165 x 7mm and weighs about 480 grams and features a 22.5 Wh, 7,250 mAh battery and 10V/2.25A charging, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, four speakers, two microphones and a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera.

Like most other recent Huawei phones and tablets, the new MatePad 11 ships with HarmonyOS rather than Android.

It’s unclear if or when this model will be available outside of China, but Huawei does still sell some of its phones in Europe and other regions.

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  1. I had a Huawei M5 tablet and it worked well and had good build quality. It also never got a single update. Never again will I buy anything from them.

    1. I remember my m5 8inch getting an update or two (at least one OS update). Still, no security updates in general and stuff but it wasn’t as little as the unknown Chinese brands. I had chuwi or cubit or alldo or something tablet that did literally see not one update (cheap build quality but good screen and SoC otherwise, though horrible sound, even the headphone jack).

  2. Brad never tells you any negatives about these products so I suggest you look up reviews yourself before considering anything like this, especially with an alien experimental operating system like Harmony, that we really don’t use here. And do you really want to support the Chinese economy after they are supporting the Hitler like behavior of Russia?

    1. 1) He has reported on the negatives of Huawei devices due to not having Android before. At a certain point it’s understandable that he might just be tired or typing it all out again or copy pasting it at the least. He is not trying to sell it nor providing links so it’s fair to assume consumers should look into the finer details before purchasing.
      2) this isn’t even a review, it’s a release announcement. So it’s fair that he basically repeats the basics of the press release without the fanfare and hyperbole you normally find in one.
      3) I do not support Russia, but I do not have the finances to boycott China, just like I can’t afford to go fully vegan or fair trade. We do what we can but most products are made in China even if the brand is headquartered elsewhere. Some stuff might be made/assembled more locally, like TVs, due to shipping costs, but even then at least some components are sourced from China.
      4) from what I’ve read about Harmony, it’s basically a reskinned Android, the issue being play store support and that you might not find X app available though many of them are (I think most mainstream ones are at least). And most phone OSs are accessible, they’re designed to be easy to use
      stop trolling or catastrophizing and stop bashing Brad as if he was colluding with Huawei to rob your hard-earned pennies. He’s just letting people know that there are a variety of products available out there with a variety of features. What you choose and what behooves you most is up to you.

      1. It’s not a fair or even logical description Tarwin. It’s obvious you work in some capacity for Huawei. We’re not stupid. People don’t buy his double talk evasiveness, and redescription of Brad and China. This is a comment from someone who was a national sales trainer for a major corp and knows the b.s. when seen. Also another minus, if something goes wrong with this product, what are you going to do, mail it back to China? And at some point if China continues to support Russias Hitler like behavioral, there may be more and heavier sanctions, and then you are really screwed for parts and service. My advice – stay far away from this for now. And at the very least wait until some of our geeks get ahold of this on utube, tear into it, and fully evaluate the minuses so you fully understand what you are really dealing with.