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Hands-On: E-Ink tablet Huawei MatePad Paper Review, FreeBuds Pro 2 & more

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Huawei presented several new products at an event in Berlin. We have the MatePad Paper & Co. hands-on for you.

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Huawei MatePad Paper

The MatePad Paper could already be seen at the Mobile World Congress, but now we were allowed to take a closer look at it on site. The e-ink tablet is ideal for drawing or reading relaxed. Huawei attaches particular importance to the former and has even had the typing feel certified by TÜV Rheinland – which isn’t everything.

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In any case, reading and writing on the 10.3″ full-view display is very easy. The resolution is also nice and high at 1,872×1,404 pixels (227ppi) and the weight of 360g is pleasantly low.

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Even in the brightly lit hall, all the content on the screen could still be seen without any problems – even the best AMOLED displays don’t always manage that. Of course, only grayscale can be seen on the e-ink tablet. The two loudspeakers are also praised by Huawei, but could not yet be finally judged in the noisy environment.

Huawei’s own HarmonyOS serves as the operating system: It is based on Android, but still does not offer any Google services due to the US sanctions against the company. Here you can find out how HarmonyOS performs in 2022.

Often a shortcoming with e-ink displays: the relatively long response time. However, Huawei speaks of a very good 26 ms here (in selected applications). And during operation, all inputs also seemed “snappy” and direct.

Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 820E chip is responsible for the drive, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of main memory. In conjunction with the 3,625mAh battery, the MatePad Paper has a very high maximum standby time of up to four weeks. If you surf frequently, there should still be a good six days left. It is charged with up to 25W via a USB-C port (2.0). Otherwise, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2 are also available.

The MatePad Paper comes with the “Huawei Books” service, which gives you access to 2 million texts in over 20 languages.

You can buy it now in black for 499 euros. Then the M-Pencil (worth 100 euros) is included in the scope of delivery.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2

The Huawei Audio can, they have proven with the very good FreeBuds Studio and the outstanding Devialet cooperation Sound X. The predecessors also convinced us with a lot of endurance and a powerful bassy sound.

The first haptic impression is good, although the new FreeBuds Pro 2 look very similar to the previous model. They should be able to adapt their sound to the ear canal thanks to a triple adaptive EQ function. I’m always skeptical about something like this, but I also welcome the innovative spirit that Huawei & Co. bring to audio reproduction.

The cooperation with Devialet, on the other hand, makes you sit up and take notice. The French sound specialists have already helped the Sound X to achieve unimagined sound heights. Nice that they were now involved in the FreeBuds Pro 2. The implementation of the LDAC Bluetooth standard is also very welcome. This can transmit music with a significantly higher bit rate (up to 990 kbps) and thus also display high-res audio files better.

Accordingly, I hope that the FreeBuds Pro 2 will have a pleasantly audiophile tuning that does some justice to the big name Devialet.

The active noise cancellation (ANC) is also said to have been improved and now filters up to 15% better than the predecessor at -47dBA. An IP54 certification also qualifies the Pro 2 for everyday jogging and fitness.

On longer trips away from a socket, they should last up to 30 hours together with the case. 18 hours remain if you use ANC continuously. Without a case, 6.5 hours or four hours with ANC are possible. All in all, exciting TWS with very solid specs, which are available in three colors (Silver Frost, Silver Blue and Ceramic White). In terms of price, sales start immediately at an RRP of 199 euros.

You’ll be reading the FreeBuds Pro 2 review on our blog soon, so stay tuned. 😉

Improved MateView monitor, new mouse & WiFi mesh…

But that wasn’t it – Huawei had a few other irons in the fire, including an improved MateView monitor that is now supposed to display more colors. With Full HD resolution, 75Hz and 24″ diagonal, the MateView SE is aimed primarily at beginners.

However, the increased coverage of the P3 color space of over 90% stands out and could make it a very affordable creator monitor. It starts at 169 euros for the variant with a rigid base. An adjustable version costs 20 euros more to start with.

There are also new WiFi meshes that should enable you to have full WiFi coverage in your home from the basement to the garden. As a Huawei WiFi Mesh 7 with large router towers, it has an RRP of 399 euros, while the smaller Mesh 3 variant (with three routers) costs 279 euros.

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The Huawei Wireless Mouse also comes to you for 59.99 euros. It was only briefly touched upon and is – surprise – a wireless mouse. I personally miss a thumb wheel. As is typical for Huawei, however, it certainly has a high level of haptics.

There was also a backpack – this one has the modest name “Stylish Backpack”. In its matt coloring it looks very chic. You can get it black, white or blue from 99.99 euros.

If you want to know more about the presented MateBooks, then have a look here. What do you think of all the new releases? Let us know in the comments section.

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