Huawei MatePad Air debuts with 144 Hz display and Snapdragon 888 chipset
Huawei has announced the MatePad Air, a new high-end tablet that relies on an older flagship chipset. Specifically, Huawei has equipped the MatePad Air with a Snapdragon 888. While Qualcomm has since released Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Gen 2 series, the Snapdragon 888 remains a powerful chipset thanks to its Cortex-X1, Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55 CPU cores, as well as its Adreno 660 GPU.
Additionally, the MatePad Air has an 11.5-inch IPS display, making it slightly smaller than the MateBook E 2023 that Huawei has also introduced today. However, the MatePad Air has a higher resolution panel, which operates at 2,880 x 1,840 pixels with a 291 PPI and an 87% screen-to-body ratio. Moreover, the display can vary its refresh rate between 30 Hz and 144 Hz when needed to provide a smooth viewing experience.
Elsewhere, Huawei installs an 8,300 mAh battery, an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 13 rear-facing camera. Also, the tablet supports 40 W wired charging, has quad speakers and four microphones. So far, Huawei has only launched the MatePad Air in China, where it starts at CNY 2,889 (~US$411) with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Alternatively, the tablet is available with up to 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and an LTE modem for CNY 4,499 (~US$640). Neither configuration comes with the tablet's stylus or keyboard though, which Huawei sells separately.