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Huawei MatePad Paper review – The E Ink tablet can handle Android apps

Papier is patient. The MatePad Paper is an unusual tablet. The black-and-white E Ink display makes sure of this. However, you can also install Android apps. We evaluate in our test whether the MatePad Paper can be suitable for everyday use.
Huawei MatePad Paper

To be able to write like on paper, but using a digital tablet that you can also use for surfing and that is also optimally suited for reading of texts: that is just the concept of the Huawei MatePad Paper, which is equipped with an E Ink Carta display.

Since the screen is only able to display 16 levels of grey and responds fairly slowly, the MatePad Paper is not optimal for all the usage scenarios. However theoretically, you can run many apps on the tablet.

An interesting concept! We are taking a closer look in our test to evaluate its suitability for everyday use.

Huawei MatePad Paper (MatePad Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 820e 8 x 1.8 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76/-A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
10.30 inch 4:3, 1872 x 1404 pixel 227 PPI, E-Ink, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: position sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.65 x 225.2 x 182.7 ( = 0.26 x 8.87 x 7.19 in)
Battery
3625 mAh Lithium-Ion, 22.5 Watt charging
Operating System
Huawei HarmonyOS
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, charger, digitizer pen, folio cover, USB cable, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
360 g ( = 12.7 oz / 0.79 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors for Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79.2 %
08/2022
Huawei MatePad Paper
Kirin 820e, Mali-G57 MP6
360 g6.65 mm10.30"1872x1404
82.5 %
07/2022
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
465 g7.45 mm10.61"2000x1200
87.6 %
12/2021
Xiaomi Pad 5
SD 860, Adreno 640
511 g6.85 mm11.00"2560x1600
88.5 %
10/2021
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
487 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620

Case – Affordable plastic in the E Ink tablet

Huawei houses the 10.3-inch E Ink display in a plastic case. While this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, we don't really like the choice of plastic in this case. Although the back offers a slight surface structure, it doesn't appear of a particularly high quality and is also quite slippery. At the same time, we can feel some significant sharp edges that can become especially uncomfortable when you hold the tablet longer in your hands for reading.

The weight also plays a role here. Even though at 360 grams (~12.7 oz), the MatePad Paper is relatively light for a 10.3-inch tablet, if you read books for hours, you should be aware before the purchase that you have to hold up more weight than with smaller e-readers. The MatePad Paper has a slightly larger bezel around the screen on one side. This really makes sense, since you want to be able to hold it up like a book without constantly triggering the touchscreen by accident.

The stability of the case is convincing. Despite its size, it can hardly be warped and doesn't creak.

Huawei MatePad Paper
Huawei MatePad Paper
Huawei MatePad Paper
Huawei MatePad Paper
Huawei MatePad Paper
Huawei MatePad Paper

Size Comparison

254.69 mm / 10 inch 166.25 mm / 6.55 inch 6.85 mm / 0.2697 inch 511 g1.127 lbs251.2 mm / 9.89 inch 158.8 mm / 6.25 inch 7.45 mm / 0.2933 inch 465 g1.025 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 487 g1.074 lbs225.2 mm / 8.87 inch 182.7 mm / 7.19 inch 6.65 mm / 0.2618 inch 360 g0.794 lbs

Equipment – Adequate storage

64 GB of storage should fit a lot of e-books but also a few apps as well. Since you cannot use it to take pictures, and videos also don't make sense on the black and white display, the storage should be sufficient for everyday usage.

There is no microSD card reader.

Bottom: speaker, USB-C port
Bottom: speaker, USB-C port
Top: standby key with fingerprint reader, microphone, speaker
Top: standby key with fingerprint reader, microphone, speaker
Left: no connections
Left: no connections
Right: volume rocker
Right: volume rocker

Software – Android apps can be installed

The MatePad Paper uses HarmonyOS 2.1.0 but of course in an adjusted version: For example, there is a special start screen that mainly emphasizes the e-book functions of the tablet and offers quick access to adjusted apps. Initially, the selection is fairly small and limited to apps of some large daily newspapers and office apps. It is bonus for German-speaking users that the Tolino app is also available.

Due to the US trade restrictions, Huawei is still unable to use the Google Services, and even though HarmonyOS is based on Android, many Google apps won't run on the tablet. Although some other Android apps are not available officially, you can fairly easily install them using another app store such as APKPure. For example, we were able to get most of our benchmarks to run without any problems, and the Amazon Kindle app can also be installed. However, in legal terms, the manufacturer operates in a gray zone, so users should be aware of this.

There is also an integrated book store, where you can purchase books using a Huawei account. While there is actually a selection of German and English books available as well as numerous free books, you will look in vain for some real blockbusters such as Harry Potter. The list of bestsellers also looks a bit strange and doesn't really reflect the current book market.

You can store your books as pdf or epub in your own separate book shelf without any trouble. There is also an integrated translation tool that will optionally translate the texts into the corresponding language. While this is not perfect, as is usual for machine translations, it still works sufficiently well.

Those who also have other devices from the Huawei cosmos can also transfer contents from the smartphone or MateBook fairly easily, for example. At the time of our test, the security patches of the system software are at the level of May 1, 2022, so they are not completely current anymore. Unfortunately, there is currently no information about future updates.

Huawei MatePad Paper software
Huawei MatePad Paper software
Huawei MatePad Paper software

Communication and GNSS – Fast WLAN in the MatePad

Unfortunately you have to make do without a mobile communication connection in the MatePad Paper. Instead, you get fast WiFi 6, and the corresponding modem achieves very good transfer rates that also remain constant in our tests using our Asus ROG AXE11000 reference router. In practice, we can also attest very fast downloads using the Huawei tablet.

The E Ink tablet is unable to determine its location and cannot even provide an approximate location to the apps. We also install Huawei's Petal Maps, which doesn't use Google Services, but that is also unable to locate itself.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
635 (320min - 652max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
587 (290min - 624max) MBit/s ∼92%
iperf3 receive AX12
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
538 (317min - 618max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
485 (191min - 554max) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
928 (812min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
347 (335min - 351max) MBit/s ∼37% -63%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
945 (826min - 958max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
346 (167min - 354max) MBit/s ∼37% -63%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø927 (812-949)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø945 (826-958)

Accessories and Warranty – A lot of accessories included

M-Pencil and Folio Cover are included with the tablet.
M-Pencil and Folio Cover are included with the tablet.

Included with the Huawei MatePad Paper are the M-Pencil input pen and a folio cover. However, the cover could hold the MatePad Paper a bit better and doesn't offer a standing position.

A USB cable, two replacement tips, and a 22.5-Watt charger are also included in the box. Those who want to purchase an additional input pen have to pay 99 Euros (~$101) at Huawei.

Inside the EU, Huawei offers a 24-month warranty on the tablet, and you can claim a warranty incident for the charger in the first 6 months in case of a manufacturing fault.

Input Devices and Operation – With a fingerprint sensor

The MatePad Paper offers a classic touchscreen that can also be operated using the included M-Pencil input pen. A large disadvantage of the e-ink display is its slow response time and with that also the long delay of inputs. At times it can take even a second, before you can see the inputs on the display, which is particularly annoying for experienced typists using the keyboard. At the same time, the input delays using the M-Pencil are hardly noticeable (Huawei specifies a latency of 26 ms), allowing you to smoothy take notes, which really feels like taking notes on a piece of paper.

Of course, the Huawei MatePad Paper is mainly meant for reading or to take notes or create sketches. If you want to take notes, you can use the included Note app, but you can then only use the M-Pencil to write and not your fingers. The handwriting inputs are recognized correctly surprisingly well, even if you have really bad handwriting, and can automatically be transferred into text. In addition, you can also record audio snippets and attach images.

The standby key includes a fingerprint reader, which takes one second before it reliably unlocks the tablet. You can also take quick notes using the pen on the screen when the tablet is locked. 

Display – Unusual and not suited for every situation

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

It is difficult to compare the E Ink display with other tablets, as a look at our microscope picture also shows: There is no grid of colored subpixels, but the display consists of separate cells that contain black as well as white particles, which have opposing electric charges. Depending on whether there is a positive or negative charge, you can either see the black or the white particles. The video below illustrates how it works fairly well.

Even though at this point, there are also the first color E Ink displays available, the MatePad Paper uses a classic black-and-white screen that is able to display 16 grey tones. The display offers an LED background illumination, which is able to reach a maximum brightness of 69.5 cd/m² in our test. While this doesn't sound like much, the matte surface and high contrast allow reading in bright surroundings without any illumination. So you really only need to activate the illumination in dark rooms, where it is completely sufficient.

At 1872 x 1404 pixels, the resolution corresponds to about a Full-HD level, and the 4:3 format of the display works really well with documents. However, the images often look like having a bit lower resolution, but this is mainly due to the fact that shadings appear fairly coarse when displayed in only 16 grey levels.

56.9
cd/m²
59.4
cd/m²
56.9
cd/m²
60.1
cd/m²
61.9
cd/m²
55.8
cd/m²
62.9
cd/m²
69.5
cd/m²
59.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 69.5 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 60.3 cd/m² Minimum: 0.08 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 61.9 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Greyscale 9.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
Gamma: 2.02
Huawei MatePad Paper
E-Ink, 1872x1404, 10.30
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
IPS LCD, 2000x1200, 10.61
Xiaomi Pad 5
IPS, 2560x1600, 11.00
Apple iPad 2021
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Screen
377%
366%
381%
Brightness middle
61.9
510
724%
491
693%
507
719%
Brightness
60
480
700%
473
688%
491
718%
Brightness Distribution
80
85
6%
91
14%
90
13%
Black Level *
0.49
0.87
0.5
Greyscale dE 2000 *
9.1
2.2
76%
3
67%
2.4
74%
Gamma
2.02 109%
2.17 101%
2.21 100%
2.25 98%
CCT
6848 95%
6907 94%
7182 91%
6923 94%
Contrast
1041
564
1014
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.8
1.9
1.7
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.7
4.1
3.9

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19959 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The low amount of grey levels also leads to the fairly high deviations in our tests with the spectral photometer. However, when the illumination is turned off, the screen still succeeds in displaying a good black color, while white areas always look a little greyish.

Due to its technology, the display doesn't use PWM, and once a page of text is rendered, it doesn't need to be refreshed until you change to the next page. According to Huawei, the response times of the display are adjusted dynamically according to the content, but in our test with GIFs that are rich in contrast, they are fairly slow, which also explains the input lag of the touchscreen.

From time to time, also some ghosted image of the previous content remains, but you can remove this via manual screen refresh.

CalMAN grey levels at full brightness
CalMAN grey levels at full brightness
CalMAN grey levels at medium brightness
CalMAN grey levels at medium brightness

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
94 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 47 ms rise
↘ 47 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 100 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
121 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 61 ms rise
↘ 60 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 100 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

As already mentioned, the display if very well suited for using it outdoors, even if direct sunlight will of course still lead to some reflections and should therefore be avoided.

The viewing angles are perfect, and the image does not change from various viewing angles.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – Absolutely sufficient

Huawei uses the Kirin 820e as SoC in the MatePad Paper. At a maximum of 2.22 GHz, it has a slightly slower clock speed than the Kirin 820. For its price class, the SoC achieves average performance values. However, the limiting factor should be the slow response time of the E Ink display anyways, so that a faster SoC would hardly bring any advantages here. But most apps run smoothly on the tablet. 

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Apple iPad 2021
1328 Points ∼65% +135%
Xiaomi Pad 5
784 Points ∼38% +39%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 1719, n=40, last 2 years)
689 Points ∼34% +22%
Huawei MatePad Paper
566 Points ∼28%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
566 Points ∼28% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
343 Points ∼17% -39%
Multi-Core
Apple iPad 2021
3235 Points ∼11% +75%
Xiaomi Pad 5
2768 Points ∼10% +49%
Average of class Tablet (455 - 7378, n=40, last 2 years)
2360 Points ∼8% +27%
Huawei MatePad Paper
1853 Points ∼6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
1853 Points ∼6% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
1247 Points ∼4% -33%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPad 2021
622382 Points ∼52% +117%
Xiaomi Pad 5
575553 Points ∼49% +100%
Average of class Tablet (117837 - 1186706, n=26, last 2 years)
530398 Points ∼45% +85%
Huawei MatePad Paper
287379 Points ∼24%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
287379 Points ∼24% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
211417 Points ∼18% -26%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPad 2021
842 Points ∼36% +53%
Average of class Tablet (361 - 1283, n=14, last 2 years)
814 Points ∼35% +47%
Xiaomi Pad 5
635 Points ∼28% +15%
Huawei MatePad Paper
552 Points ∼24%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
552 Points ∼24% 0%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Xiaomi Pad 5
5154 Points ∼59% +43%
Huawei MatePad Paper
3598 Points ∼41%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
3598 Points ∼41% 0%
Average of class Tablet (806 - 6908, n=25, last 2 years)
3479 Points ∼40% -3%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
2134 Points ∼24% -41%
Apple iPad 2021
Points ∼0% -100%
System
Xiaomi Pad 5
8805 Points ∼45% +47%
Average of class Tablet (1492 - 10926, n=25, last 2 years)
6236 Points ∼32% +4%
Huawei MatePad Paper
5987 Points ∼30%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
5987 Points ∼30% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
4133 Points ∼21% -31%
Memory
Xiaomi Pad 5
5788 Points ∼64% +47%
Huawei MatePad Paper
3930 Points ∼43%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
3930 Points ∼43% 0%
Average of class Tablet (675 - 8167, n=25, last 2 years)
3835 Points ∼42% -2%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
2436 Points ∼27% -38%
Graphics
Xiaomi Pad 5
10293 Points ∼36% +75%
Average of class Tablet (542 - 22308, n=25, last 2 years)
6445 Points ∼22% +9%
Huawei MatePad Paper
5893 Points ∼20%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
5893 Points ∼20% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
1786 Points ∼6% -70%
Web
Xiaomi Pad 5
1346 Points ∼56% +11%
Average of class Tablet (772 - 1581, n=25, last 2 years)
1225 Points ∼51% +1%
Huawei MatePad Paper
1209 Points ∼51%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
1209 Points ∼51% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
1186 Points ∼50% -2%
AImark - Score v2.x
Xiaomi Pad 5
46413 Points ∼16% +805%
Average of class Tablet (4281 - 119686, n=24, last 2 years)
29184 Points ∼10% +469%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
6865 Points ∼2% +34%
Huawei MatePad Paper
5128 Points ∼2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
5128 Points ∼2% 0%
Apple iPad 2021
Points ∼0% -100%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Average of class Tablet (1535 - 73266, n=9, last 2 years)
13041 Points ∼16% +220%
Huawei MatePad Paper
4078 Points ∼5%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
4078 Points ∼5% 0%

Legend

 
Huawei MatePad Paper HiSilicon Kirin 820e, ARM Mali-G57 MP6, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 Mediatek Helio G80, ARM Mali-G52 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Pad 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, Qualcomm Adreno 640, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad 2021 Apple A13 Bionic, Apple A13 Bionic GPU, 64 GB SSD

The ARM Mali-G57 MP6 is a mid-range GPU that would be too slow for the highest demands in gaming. But since high-end gaming doesn't make sense on the slow black-and-white display anyways, the graphics performance is completely sufficient in everyday operation.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
1872 Points ∼100% +207%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
970 Points ∼52% +59%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
609 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
171 Points ∼9% -72%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
1992 Points ∼100% +219%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
985 Points ∼49% +58%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
625 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
176 Points ∼9% -72%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
7858 Points ∼100% +317%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3436 Points ∼44% +82%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1886 Points ∼24%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
691 Points ∼9% -63%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
7457 Points ∼100% +287%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3428 Points ∼46% +78%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1925 Points ∼26%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
687 Points ∼9% -64%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6981 Points ∼100% +63%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
5362 Points ∼77% +25%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4281 Points ∼61%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1355 Points ∼19% -68%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
9773 Points ∼100% +119%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8202 Points ∼84% +83%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4472 Points ∼46%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1875 Points ∼19% -58%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4590 Points ∼100% +23%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3725 Points ∼81%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2564 Points ∼56% -31%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
2078 Points ∼45% -44%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5000 Points ∼100% +44%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3476 Points ∼70%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1364 Points ∼27% -61%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6876 Points ∼100% +78%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3869 Points ∼56%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1197 Points ∼17% -69%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2698 Points ∼100% +5%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2564 Points ∼95%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2558 Points ∼95% 0%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2571 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1384 Points ∼54% -46%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2675 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1182 Points ∼44% -56%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2587 Points ∼100% +14%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2262 Points ∼87%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼100% +460%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼54% +200%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
39 fps ∼35% +95%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps ∼18%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
307 fps ∼100% +198%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
184 fps ∼60% +79%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
103 fps ∼34%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
44 fps ∼14% -57%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps ∼100% +225%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼92% +200%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼32% +5%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps ∼31%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
167 fps ∼100% +165%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps ∼65% +73%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
63 fps ∼38%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24 fps ∼14% -62%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
57 fps ∼100% +185%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼70% +100%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps ∼35%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼23% -35%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
110 fps ∼100% +150%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼71% +77%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
44 fps ∼40%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼13% -68%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
43 fps ∼100% +153%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
25 fps ∼58% +47%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps ∼40%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.3 fps ∼19% -51%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
69 fps ∼100% +229%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼68% +124%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps ∼30%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.2 fps ∼13% -56%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
35 fps ∼100% +169%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
17 fps ∼49% +31%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps ∼37%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5.2 fps ∼15% -60%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
31 fps ∼100% +210%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18 fps ∼58% +80%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps ∼32%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3.2 fps ∼10% -68%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
50 fps ∼100% +163%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26 fps ∼52% +37%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps ∼38%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8 fps ∼16% -58%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
82 fps ∼100% +183%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼57% +62%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps ∼35%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8.7 fps ∼11% -70%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal / Overall Score
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
2965 Points ∼100% +146%
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1203 Points ∼41%
Basemark GPU 1.2 / Vulkan Medium Native
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29.75 fps ∼100%
Basemark GPU 1.2 / Vulkan Medium Offscreen
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34.85 fps ∼100%
Basemark GPU 1.2 / OpenGL Medium Native
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29.45 fps ∼100%
Basemark GPU 1.2 / OpenGL Medium Offscreen
Huawei MatePad Paper
Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33.39 fps ∼100%

On the other hand, the MatePad Paper better not show any weakness while surfing the Internet, since this is one of the core tasks the tablet is meant to be used for. The benchmarks show slightly below-average results for the tablet, and when scrolling, you have to get used to the slightly stuttering image flow. However, the pages are basically rendered fairly quickly, and images also load fast.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
142.2 Points ∼100% +153%
Average of class Tablet (15 - 184.3, n=33, last 2 years)
78.8 Points ∼55% +40%
Xiaomi Pad 5 (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
73 Points ∼51% +30%
Huawei MatePad Paper (Huawei Browser 12)
56.217 Points ∼40%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
56.2 Points ∼40% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 (Chrome 102)
32.868 Points ∼23% -42%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
202 Points ∼100% +135%
Average of class Tablet (24 - 254, n=37, last 2 years)
103.3 Points ∼51% +20%
Xiaomi Pad 5 (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
96 Points ∼48% +12%
Huawei MatePad Paper (Huawei Browser 12)
86 Points ∼43%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
86 Points ∼43% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 (Chrome 102)
46 Points ∼23% -47%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
171 runs/min ∼100% +401%
Average of class Tablet (12.6 - 255, n=31, last 2 years)
83.6 runs/min ∼49% +145%
Xiaomi Pad 5 (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
61.3 runs/min ∼36% +80%
Huawei MatePad Paper (Huawei Browser 12)
34.1 runs/min ∼20%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
34.1 runs/min ∼20% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 (Chrome 102)
21.8 runs/min ∼13% -36%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
47288 Points ∼100% +152%
Xiaomi Pad 5 (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
28456 Points ∼60% +52%
Average of class Tablet (3111 - 66974, n=36, last 2 years)
26110 Points ∼55% +39%
Huawei MatePad Paper (Huawei Browser 12)
18755 Points ∼40%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
18755 Points ∼40% 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 (Chrome 102)
12744 Points ∼27% -32%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (455 - 12972, n=37, last 2 years)
3514 ms * ∼100% -62%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 (Chrome 102)
3227.4 ms * ∼92% -48%
Huawei MatePad Paper (Huawei Browser 12)
2174.3 ms * ∼62%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 820e
2174 ms * ∼62% -0%
Xiaomi Pad 5 (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
1603 ms * ∼46% +26%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
545 ms * ∼16% +75%

* ... smaller is better

The UFS storage shows itself at a good level and is able to provide data quickly, so it can also be considered fast.

Huawei MatePad PaperLenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3Xiaomi Pad 5Average 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-50%
51%
4%
-8%
Sequential Read 256KB
880.1
393.23
-55%
1459
66%
831 ?(511 - 928, n=7)
-6%
692 ?(123.3 - 2031, n=34, last 2 years)
-21%
Sequential Write 256KB
256.2
234.88
-8%
534
108%
340 ?(120.6 - 519, n=7)
33%
370 ?(87.2 - 1559, n=34, last 2 years)
44%
Random Read 4KB
145.6
75.12
-48%
208.7
43%
133.2 ?(88.5 - 173, n=7)
-9%
120.7 ?(10.1 - 310, n=34, last 2 years)
-17%
Random Write 4KB
183.1
23.97
-87%
158.9
-13%
177.4 ?(95.4 - 213, n=7)
-3%
112.3 ?(4.27 - 370, n=34, last 2 years)
-39%

Games – Action games hardly make any sense

Using the E Ink screen without color display and with very slow response times, fast action games hardly make any sense. However, you can use the screen to display simpler games such as card games without any problems.

The tablet reaches a maximum of 20 fps in our tests with the PUBG Mobile action game. We measure the frame rates with the software from GameBench. While this is still just barely playable, it isn't much fun.

The accuracy of the touchscreen is sufficient, but you should consider the input lag, so that from time to time you won't know whether a command was really executed.

Theoretically possible: PUBG Mobile on the MatePad Paper.
Theoretically possible: PUBG Mobile on the MatePad Paper.
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; Smooth; 2.1.0: Ø19.7 (10-20)
; HD; 2.1.0: Ø19.7 (19-20)

Emissions – No throttling in the MatePad Paper

Temperatures

Even under heavy load, the tablet only warms at some localized spots and even then only at the back to 40 °C (104 °F).

So the warming of the case is not problematic, and the stress tests of the 3DMark benchmark also show that there are no problems keeping up the performance of the SoC under longer loads.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Huawei MatePad Paper Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø11.3 (10.9-11.3)
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø4.1 (4.03-4.12)
Xiaomi Pad 5 Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø20.5 (20.3-20.6)
Apple iPad 2021 A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø39.5 (38.7-44.5)
Huawei MatePad Paper Mali-G57 MP6, Kirin 820e, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø3.74 (3.73-3.75)
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø1.038 (1.025-1.051)
Xiaomi Pad 5 Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø5.86 (5.85-5.89)
Apple iPad 2021 A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø10.7 (10.6-12.2)
Max. Load
 37.7 °C
100 F
31.5 °C
89 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
27.1 °C
81 F
28.1 °C
83 F
 
 26.4 °C
80 F
26.4 °C
80 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 37.7 °C = 100 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
26.6 °C
80 F
30.1 °C
86 F
40 °C
104 F
28.8 °C
84 F
28.8 °C
84 F
28.2 °C
83 F
26.8 °C
80 F
27.3 °C
81 F
26.8 °C
80 F
Maximum: 40 °C = 104 F
Average: 29.3 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.7 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.4 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap back
Heatmap back

Speakers

Huawei uses stereo speakers in its E Ink tablet. Those allow you to easily listen to audio books, and music also sounds fairly decent using the speakers. Voices are reproduced clearly, and you can even feel some bass if you hold the tablet in your hands. The maximum volume is absolutely sufficient for a medium-size room.

While we are unable to connect 3.5-mm headphones using the USB-C port via adapter in our test, this works without any problem via Bluetooth. Due to the trade restrictions, using the aptX codecs is not possible, but we still got some good sound from our Bluetooth headphones in our test.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.939.32534.536.23127.729.74028.535.65033.235.26326.334.88023.432.410022.538.212515.443.716014.649.620012.352.325013.357.731511.659.74007.562.850011.467.863015.266.880014.769.8100011.872.712501273160010.376.220009.372.3250010.869.8315014.767.6400014.358.9500014.964.163001566.6800015.4631000016.856.41250016.151.9160001754.2SPL25.982.1N0.750.6median 14.6median 63Delta27.83734.425.637.429.137.223.440.336.843.228.441.324.841.722.444.319.246.716.95815.655.813.857.613.46213.361.913.865.81268.112.769.812.275.91373.813.777.913.276.813.478.81380.213.381.613.682.513.385.213.883.613.778.41473.813.571.225.591.90.789.5median 13.5median 73.80.78.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MatePad PaperApple iPad 2021
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MatePad Paper audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 25% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple iPad 2021 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power Management – A small battery but decent battery life

Power Consumption

The power consumption with activated background illumination and without additional load naturally turns out lower than that of the competitors. Even under load, the tablet consumes relatively little power, but the battery also turns out significantly smaller than that of the conventional tablets.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.7 Watt
Load midlight 3.4 / 5.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Huawei MatePad Paper
3625 mAh
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
7500 mAh
Xiaomi Pad 5
8720 mAh
Apple iPad 2021
8686 mAh
Power Consumption
-121%
-136%
-254%
Idle Minimum *
0.6
0.94
-57%
0.99
-65%
1.3
-117%
Idle Average *
1.2
4.22
-252%
4.2
-250%
7.5
-525%
Idle Maximum *
1.7
4.37
-157%
4.22
-148%
7.58
-346%
Load Average *
3.4
6.12
-80%
7.88
-132%
10.03
-195%
Load Maximum *
5.8
9.14
-58%
10.63
-83%
10.91
-88%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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: Ø3.43 (1.61-6.78)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.61 (3.13-5.18)
; Idle 1min: Ø1.01 (0.644-1.696)

Battery Life

We are unable to run our classic web surfing battery test as usual, since it specifies a display brightness of 150 cd/m², which the Huawei MatePad Paper cannot achieve. 

The tablet lasts about 8 hours at full brightness, if the pages are changed regularly. If the illumination is turned off, the time approximately doubles.

If the screen is not refreshed, the tablet doesn't consume any power, as long as the background illumination and communication module remain turned off. So if you make the corresponding adjustments, you can leave the tablet for weeks in standby, and continue at almost the same battery level afterwards.

The tablet can be charged at 22.5 watts, recharging the battery completely at 3.625 mAh in 2 hours at most.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 03min
WiFi Websurfing max. Brightness
7h 58min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 9min
Huawei MatePad Paper
3625 mAh
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
7500 mAh
Xiaomi Pad 5
8720 mAh
Apple iPad 2021
8686 mAh
Battery Runtime
71%
89%
70%
Reader / Idle
963
2373
146%
2641
174%
2292
138%
Load
249
239
-4%
257
3%
253
2%
H.264
1151
1000
898
WiFi v1.3
909
733
805

Pros

+ great image sharpness for text
+ display can be easily read even in bright surroundings
+ input pen and cover included
+ high-quality speakers
+ fast WLAN
+ no PWM flickering
+ suitable battery life in everyday use
+ Android apps can be installed

Cons

- no Google Services
- slow response time of the display
- headphones can only be connected via Bluetooth
- very limited use for videos or games
- bad choice of materials
- no camera
- no locating capabilities

Verdict – Unusual concept with advantages and disadvantages

Testing the Huawei MatePad Paper. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.
Testing the Huawei MatePad Paper. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.

The Huawei MatePad Paper is an interesting device: It offers a readability of texts that cannot be beat, is very well suited for bright surroundings, brings a great input pen with the M-Pencil, and offers performance values that are absolutely sufficient for smooth system operation. The battery life is also suitable in practice and even fairly long, if the user adjusts their behavior accordingly. An additional positive point is the fast and stable WLAN.

The choice of materials and noticeable sharp edges are somewhat annoying and Huawei could have made a better effort here, since you would want to be able to hold a tablet that also serves as an e-reader in your hands for a long time. Another factor is the relatively high weight that you probably have to expect if you want a large display.

There is also the question how long E Ink displays will last when the image is changed frequently, and there are hardly any experiences available on this. The manufacturer mentions a usage of 10 years, but only if it is used regularly as an e-reader, where the image is only refreshed once per page.

The MatePad Paper is a fast E Ink tablet for all those who read a lot in bright surroundings and also want to take some notes on the tablet from time to time. Huawei could have paid a bit more attention to the case, though.

Those who are not looking for a tablet with a classic screen can also chose among several other E Ink alternatives at this point: for example, the classic e-book readers from Amazon such as the Kindle Oasis, which is available from $250 from Amazon, but they have no option for pen input and the software also isn't as versatile.

With its Note Air2 (available from Amazon for $480), the Chinese manufacturer Boox offers a fairly similar alternative to the MatePad Paper, where you can even install the Google Play Store using some workarounds. With the Elipsa (from $350 at Amazon), the e-reader specialist Kobo also offers an E Ink tablet, but that is delivered with proprietary software and doesn't allow the installation of apps.

Price and Availability

The MatePad Paper is available in Europe for 499 Euros (~$511) from the manufacturer. In the US, it is available from Good-E-Reader starting from $719.

Huawei MatePad Paper - 07/29/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
72 / 80 → 90%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
28 / 70 → 40%
Weight
85 / 40-88 → 95%
Battery
80%
Display
67%
Games Performance
41 / 78 → 53%
Application Performance
74 / 92 → 81%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 91 → 89%
Average
68%
79%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-08- 1 (Update: 2022-08- 1)