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A few months ago it was leaked that Huawei was working on an electronic book reader (aka eReader). Not much has been known about this product until today, when in the middle of MWC 2022 Huawei has released the MatePad Paperwhich is not exactly an eReader, but an electronic ink tablet.

Calling this device an “e-book reader” is perhaps oversimplifying it. The Huawei MatePad Paper is more reminiscent of a reMarkable 2 than an Amazon Kindle, since it allows you to read books, yes, but also take notes with the M-Pen and use applications, all of this courtesy of Harmony OS 2.0.

Read, yes, but also write

Huawei Matepad Paper 2

The MatePad Paper involves the addition of a new product line to the MatePad range (which has also been updated today with a new tablet, by the way). According to Huawei, its purpose is to offer “immersive reading experiences and facilitate simple office tasks”.

To do this, the device incorporates a 10.3-inch e-ink screen which occupies 86.3% of the front and has 32 brightness levels. If it were an eReader, it would be a pretty big one. To put it in context, the Kindle Oasis has a seven-inch screen. However, we said that it looks more like a reMarkable 2, which also incorporates a 10.3-inch electronic ink screen.

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According to Huawei, this screen is powered by an enhancement algorithm (with 16 gray levels and text sharpness enhancement) that offers an experience similar to reading on paper. What’s more, is compatible with the M-Pencil, which has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and promises 26 milliseconds of latency. In this way, we can use it to take notes as if it were a sheet of paper.

An interesting feature is that the tablet is capable of converting handwritten notes to text

Matepad Pair 3

Furthermore, the device allows use apps in split screen, so we can have a book or some notes on one side and a notes app on the other. We can think, for example, of taking notes from a textbook to make a summary. Not only that, but we can record our voice while we take notes and add them to a marker in the text (something interesting for key concepts).

The MatePad Paper has inside HarmonyOS 2.0 and AppGallery, although it is true that only certain selected applications (probably those related to reading, writing and productivity) can be accessed. In the same way, the tablet can be connected to the mobile to send content from it.

Finally, it should be noted that the tablet has 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, WiFi 6+ and fingerprint reader on the power button. All this without the device being heavier than necessary: 360 grams.

Versions and price of the Huawei MatePad Paper

MatePad paper

The Huawei MatePad Paper it will be available in a single 4/64 GB version. It will be available in black, khaki and blue. Its price will be 499 euros and includes an M-Pencil and the cover.

A few months ago it was leaked that Huawei was working on an electronic book reader (aka eReader). Not much…

A few months ago it was leaked that Huawei was working on an electronic book reader (aka eReader). Not much…

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