Huawei MatePad 11 Review

Huawei MatePad 11 Review

Around the MatePad 11 are four Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers that deliver excellent audio quality for music and video and perform fairly well for generating a surround-sound sensation while viewing a movie.

There is a 13-megapixel back camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The former is handy for scanning papers and taking reference photos, but don’t expect Huawei’s phones’ excellent photography abilities here. The latter is fine for video calls and selfies – but, once again, photos aren’t very amazing.

The Huawei MatePad 11 is one of the company’s first tablets to ship with HarmonyOS, the company’s proprietary operating system that, in this case, replaces Android.

On the surface, HarmonyOS is very similar to Android. Its appearance, in particular, is strikingly similar to that of EMUI, Huawei’s derivative of Google’s operating system. However, delve deeper and you’ll see some significant alterations. The most significant difference is that, in contrast to Android, you do not have access to the Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can utilize Huawei’s AppGallery, which only contains a limited number of titles or Petal Search. The latter looks for app APKs online (essentially, websites that allow you to install an app directly from the web, rather than through an app store), and it is through this method that you will discover popular titles that are available on the App Store or Play Store.

Battery Life

The Huawei MatePad 11’s battery life is quite good for a tablet. Although the device’s 7,250mAh battery might not appear particularly amazing on paper, we discovered it has a surprising amount of stopping power between charges.

Huawei claims the MatePad’s battery life is ‘twelve hours of video playback’ — a figure that will be meaningless to the vast majority of customers who won’t be watching half a day’s worth of videos in a row. However, this does indicate that if you’re using the slate for less-demanding work, you’ll likely get even greater battery life.

Huawei MatePad 11 Review

Our experience corroborates this. We easily exceeded 10 hours of use on a single charge, and occasionally reached 14 or 15 hours of moderate use before the battery died. Naturally, this decreases for more intense jobs, such as gaming or generating your own video.

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