When you’re watching movies, gaming and browsing, it’s the truth that ‘big is best’ which is where tablets come into the picture. They’re usually not cheap but the Huawei MatePad bucks the trend as it costs just RM1,399 but if you’re fast, you can buy it with RM500 in free gifts thrown in for good measure.
The MatePad is surprisingly well equipped as slates go with a 10.4-inch 1,200 x 2000 pixel FullView Display that’s rated for low blue light emissions by TUV Rheinland. It runsHuawei’s own EMUI 10.1 under the hood on a Kirin 810 CPU paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable memory via a microSD card slot. As it runs EMUI 101, the tablet relies on apps from Huawei’s own burgeoning AppGallery app store. Keeping it charged is a substantial 7,250mAh battery.
The slate also sports four speakers enhanced with Histen 6.0 tech and tuned by Harman Kardon along with a quartet of microphones for better audio pick-up which is ideal for videocalls and entertainment too. In terms of connectivity, the version of the MatePad available in Malaysia is WiFi only. As with Huawei’s prior tablet offerings, you’ll get access to a host of unique features unique to Huawei’s EMUI like their own Huawei’s Multi-Screen collaboration feature that pairs up your phone to the tablet so you can transfer content back and forth easily and their vaunted MeeTime mode for 1080p videocalls using the rear and front 8MP single-sensor cameras.
Huawei MatePad Price and Free Gifts
The best part is that Huawei is bundling a slew of freebies when you buy the MatePad. On purchase, you’ll get RM500 worth of free gifts which consist of the following:
-HUAWEI Video for 3 months (The Explorers & Oello Concerts channel)
-HUAWEI Book (valid till 31 st December 2020)
-HUAWEI Member Center Rewards
-HUAWEI Cloud Storage 15GB for 12 months
Combined, all these free gifts substantially reduce the RM1,399 price of entry for the Huawei MatePad to a song and in tandem with the keyboard, you’re getting a pretty comprehensive productivity solution out of the box. If you’re fairly observant, you’ll notice that it’s illustrated in promotional material with an M Pencil stylus though it doesn’t come bundled with the MatePad – you’ll have to buy it separately. If you’re looking for something with beefier performance and scaled up with more storage, a crisper display and a more powerful processor, you can explore Huawei’s MatePad Pro slate that we reviewed awhile back.
The Huawei MatePad will be available from 9th September in a shade of Midnight Grey in the aforementioned 4GB RAM/64GB configuration at all good retailers nationwide and Huawei’s online store at https://shop.huawei.com/my/product/huawei-matepad-wifi