Huawei Matepad 11 review: with Harmony OS 2 it is SERIOUS!


I'll be honest: I think the input comes from Apple, Huawei he certainly couldn't stand aside and watch. Huawei Matepad 11 renews the concept of tablet, transforms it, totally: with Harmony OS 2 on board the matter becomes more serious, and although Android is missing from Huawei's devices, the new OS will certainly not make us miss the green robot.

Here the concept of the tablet is completely revisited, thanks also to the accessories that can be worn on Matepad 11 which make it an (almost) full-fledged notebook. In addition, the pandemic has arrived, guilty of the change in habits in the use of these devices and complicit in the large increase in demand from users. I analyzed it for you in my full review.

Huawei Matepad 11 review

Sales package

The equipment is limited, do not expect who knows what from the basic bundle of the Matepad 11, rather you have to rub your hands with the accessories, beautiful, but all sold separately. In the package, here, we find:

  • Huawei Matepad 11
  • Wall charger with 25W USB-A input
  • USB-A / USB-C cable
  • Type-C - Aux connector
  • Manuals and pin for SIM cart

Design and Materials

Although the finishes and Jimi Hendrix extremely accurate can be misleading, Huawei Matepad 11 is made of plastic, completely, but I am sure you will not notice it until you have read a review or heard about this tablet from an insider. It practically looks like a classic body in aluminum, but it is not: the finishes are smooth and do not retain fingerprints, zero.

Le dimensions they are rather practices: 165.3 x 253.8 x 7.25mm e about 485 grams of weight, on average for devices of this type and well distributed over the entire surface of the tablet. The various elements are well arranged along the various sides: on the right side we find the volume regulator as well as a section dedicated to the magnetic coupling of the M-Pencil 2 (accessory sold separately, but often included in the packages that Huawei makes up on its Store) which is also recharged there.

Furthermore, the system speakers are positioned on the upper and lower part: I found it a sensible choice, as the natural use of this Matepad 11, in my opinion, it is in landscape mode and then horizontally as if it were a real laptop. The speakers as in the past are produced by the brand Harman Kardon, which is synonymous with really high quality.

Charging takes place via Type-C, present on the underside. The side opposite to the volume rocker, then, houses only the Micro SD slot and is entirely magnetic to be able to attach without problems to the keyboard, also sold separately.


Il that Huawei has decided to use on the Matepad 11 is a 10.95 ″ WQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixel 275 PPI type IPS LCD; we do not have, as happens on the Matepad 12 Pro, the screen OLED but also the one present here gives a hard time to many others in circulation.

The bezels are extremely small, the display is well calibrated and it is really a pleasure to play a movie or a video in 4K on Youtube or similar. The maximum attested brightness is poco above 500 nits and the panel, I mean really, struggles to distinguish itself from a OLED in terms of definition and details. The functionality of the display are also different: there are modes for reducing blue lights, rather detailed color adjustments and even a sort of E-Book mode where the screen turns into something similar, in some ways, to the classics Ebook reader (see Amazon's Kindle, for example).

In addition, the display here has a speed of 120Hz update, also adjustable at the user's discretion. The selectable options are different, including fixed 60Hz. By setting to 120Hz, however, Matepad 11 will decide independently if and how to adjust the Hz of the screen according to the apps we are running.

Hardware and Performance

I do not want to dwell too much on this aspect: there is not much to discuss. Huawei Matepad 11 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 1 x Cortex-A77 at 2,84 GHz + 3 x Cortex-A77 at 2,4 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 at 1,8 GHz and an Adreno 650 GPU at 587Mhz, as well as 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM memory e 64 / 128GB of storage internal expandable up to 1TB via MicroSD.

The performances, logically, are above the market average, especially in relation to the selling price of this Matepad 11, which I will not spoil you. The tablet runs great, in daily use all the activities to which you turn it will give you satisfaction and you will not find an area in which, in use, you will not fall in love with it.


La photographic part of Huawei Matepad 11 is good, at least for what is meant on board a tablet: I still do not understand the fact that there are people who expect more from the cameras of this type of device, I find it unthinkable to go around museums and monuments to photograph with my tablet .

Here the quality is good, on average, thanks to the single 13MP rear camera with aperture f / 1.8: wide-angle cameras, macro or other goodies present on smartphones of the moment are absent. Here we focus on the substance: the photos are good, the definition is good even if the color calibration tends to be a little warmer than it should, but this is not a problem.

The area in which, personally, I frame a product of this type is that of the office: photographing documents, pages of books or other, with this camera, is practically perfect. It is also possible to record videos in 4K at 30fps, but that's not its forte. Also good chamber front, for selfies and video calls: I just recommend you turn on the light or keep the desk lit to get a much higher quality.

Accessories: ESSENTIAL!

In the bundle in my possession that I had the pleasure of trying I received, in addition to the tablet, also the Smart Magnetic Keyboard and the M-Pencil 2 that, if you buy the Matepad 11, they are given to you by Huawei and I assure you that they really turn the use of the tablet. In addition, in the Bundle now on offer you will also find a gift as a gift Wireless Mouse and Freebdus 3, the complete set in practice.

Yes, because these are accessories that can completely turn the user experience upside down. There Smart magnetic keyboard connects, as well as the M-Pencil 2, in seconds via Bluetooth: after which it is already integrated into the system with function keys, shortcuts and much more.

Certainly the keys are a bit small and the comfort of use is, in my opinion, far from that of a real PC, but the Huawei Matepad 11 does not want to be included among the computers, so I assure you that in the tablet field convenience is undisputed. The keyboard also acts as a cover so you can keep it up (just like a laptop) while you use it and protect it while you keep it in your bag. The material in which it is made is silicone-like, although at first glance it may seem like leather.

The numeric keypad is missing for space reasons, but it can certainly be done without. Good integration of the M-Pencil 2, comfortable and good pressure sensitivity. Personally I do not prefer pens on tablets, but it is a matter of habits: however, know that it is integrated well and works great.

Harmony OS 2, the TURN!

We know, for Huawei the Google services ban was a hard blow that still highlights the wounds, but for a technology giant of the caliber of Huawei, this could not mark the end of an era. Harmony OS 2 it's great, there is so much to say about it. To be honest: Huawei has taken some inspiration from Android and a little from iOS, but I am of the opinion that being inspired, at times, is profoundly formative and not always a bad strategy.

Here they are expertly mixed Android and many of its logics, iOS and some of its graphic goodies, and Huawei with the additional goodies it has baked to make up for the lack of Google and its services.

I leave with order, key word: PETAL. Petal is the powerful search engine that Huawei has integrated into its Matepad 11 with Harmony OS 2, a bit like Spotlight on Apple. Petal allows you to search online, on your device, between apps and on the store App Gallery. The latter, you know very well, is only now populating and compared to the Play Store there are many things it still lacks; however, thanks to Petal, if you search for applications not yet available on the App Gallery, it will automatically send you back to various alternative stores such as ApkPure, Aptoide or others to download the apps.

While not directly Android, here APK files are 100% supported, provided that, however, they do not use Google services as a background: for example if downloaded Google Maps and log in to your account, the synchronization between devices will not work and neither with the other apps of the Google suite.

However, there are many apps that Huawei has undertaken to create in order to make those who buy one of its devices feel less of the lack of Android; starting from Petal MAPS, a perfectly functioning navigator that is well integrated with the system, in some ways much cleaner than Google Maps (now full of ads for nearby places) and reliable thanks to the maps and traffic offered by TomTom.

At the first start you will find some apps scattered on the launcher of the Matepad 11, but nevertheless these are not physically installed apps: depending on the selected country, in fact, Huawei suggests apps that are potentially compatible with us, but these are only icons for connecting to the Store which, in case of need, will allow us to complete the download.

Always staying in app theme, there are several system apps optimized to take full advantage of the potential of the M-Pencil 2, including Block notes, My Script Calculator 2 for those who perform mathematical and similar functions e Or, a kind of Paint in a Huawei sauce.

Il multitasking: one word, FABULOUS. The integration of this multitasking makes us think how those of Huawei really have launched into this Harmony OS 2 experience trying to steal as much as possible from user requests (even towards other companies). Devices like this tablet, combined with keyboard, pen but also mouse, need a user experience and multitasking like that of a notebook: Huawei did it perfectly here, allowing us to take advantage of windows in every way, reposition and resize them according to the operations we are carrying out (with a single limitation, however, in the number of windows not exceeding two, at least for the moment ).

It must be said, however, that at the moment the apps supported for multitasking are strictly the system ones and not third-party apps; poco bad, of course, but I'm sure that with future updates these features rather requested by users will also be enabled.


La battery of the Huawei Matepad 11 is a unit from 7250 mAh, sufficient to guarantee a good autonomy to a university student during a day of lessons or to a pupil at home struggling with distance learning.

Speaking of different uses, such as streaming movies on Netflix and Prime Video, the estimated autonomy is about 10 hours of continuous playback, with automatic brightness and audio through the tablet speaker.

The reload speed is not among the top in the standings; the tablet supports fast charging 10V / 2,25A and is compatible with 9V / 2A or 5V / 2A charging, but in practice it takes approximately 0 hours to complete a charge from 100 to 2% or poco more.

Considerations and Price

I haven't had a good time with a tablet in a while, I'm honest. The interest in this category of devices, in the last period, has concretely waned which is why the producers have had to run for cover with more complete solutions and far from the initial concept of tablet.

This Huawei Matepad 11 with Harmony OS 2, with the M-Pencil 2 and with a respectable keyboard, undoubtedly ranks in the list of my favorite devices, there is no story. Above, probably, I would enter only iPad Pro, but we are talking about a totally different price range.

If you are interested in buying, currently, a super promo in perfect Huawei style is active thanks to which you can buy the Matepad 11 for only € 369,90 with a GIFT also the keyboard cover, the M-Pencil 2, the Freebuds 3 with wireless charging and the Huawei Video Coupon.

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