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Huawei MatePad 11: a tablet with HarmonyOS as a distinctive | Digital Trends Spanish

Huawei MatePad 11: a tablet with HarmonyOS as a hallmark

“The Huawei MatePad 11 is a tablet with excellent hardware that, thanks to HarmonyOS, exploits its potential even more.”


  • 120 Hz display

  • Operating system fluency

  • Sturdy construction


  • Not all apps are in the App Gallery

  • It takes two hours to fully charge

  • 6 + 64GB version does not include stylus

Huawei has worked hard to deal with the restrictions imposed by the American veto. And the Chinese company already has its own operating system that makes it independent of Android. This system, HarmonyOS, arrives in Europe on three devices: a television, a smartwatch and a tablet. The latter, the Huawei MatePad 11, passed through our hands and now we can tell you everything about it, both outside and inside.

Classic design

Despite being the first tablet of the brand to release HarmonyOS outside its native country, the MatePad 11 maintains a design line similar to that of previous models. Its screen is 11 inches and has a weight of 493 grams, the perfect combination to use it in all kinds of situations and take it everywhere.

The power button is located on the top edge of the device, while the volume adjustment buttons are on the right side. The four speakers are located at the top and bottom of the device, very well integrated into the body of the tablet, as well as offering a very good sound for a tablet. In general, it has a sober and elegant aesthetic, with finishes that make it feel robust and of quality.

Its DCI-P3 screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels with a refresh rate that can reach 120 Hz. As with phones, this frequency allows a smoother scrolling in games, in certain applications and of course in the navigation. The panel offers three possible settings: Dynamic (it adapts to the use we are giving it), High (set to 120 Hz) and Standard (set to 60 Hz).

The brightness level of the screen is good, although not enough to use it perfectly outdoors. Still, it offers excellent color reproduction with fairly deep blacks despite the absence of OLED technology.

Power and autonomy

The MatePad 11 pulses has a Snapdragon 865 processor, the same chip that we find in many high-end phones such as the OnePlus 8T, the Oppo Find X2 Pro or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. There are two versions of memory available: 4 GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and 6GB of RAM + 128GB of storage (configuration of the unit we tested).

Needless to say, with this internal setup and an optimized system like HarmonyOS, the results have been excellent. It is one of the most powerful tablets that you will find for just over 400 euros, a good experience that is also magnified thanks to the possibility of using the screen at 120 Hz.

Its 7,250 mAh battery is quite durable: with normal use (without constant video playback) and the dynamic mode of the screen activated, I can do a full day without having to charge it. As for the charging time, it takes about 30 minutes to reach 35 percent and just over two hours to complete a full charge.


The real novelty of this tablet is that it has HarmonyOS in version 2.0 instead of Android, but it is inevitable to see the shadow of Google in this operating system. And it is that HarmonyOS is based on the Open Source code of Android and although it also takes a bit of Linux, the similarities are many, which does not necessarily have to be negative, but the other way around.

Huawei MatePad 11

The most striking thing is that this tablet works much faster and more fluid than the models with Android and EMUI that we had to date. Huawei did a good job of optimization, as the system feels solid and stable. We hardly find pre-installed applications, except for some from Huawei. On the other hand, the interface maintains the structure with the menus and panels that we saw in EMUI.

Keep in mind that it is a very new operating system that still has a lot of room for improvement, but I must point out that during my use I have not experienced any problems with it other than not being able to install the apps of Google. HarmonyOS 2.0 offers very interesting options for productivity such as the multiscreen, which shows two windows of the same application at the same time, or the application duplicator mode, with which an application such as Health (Huawei Health) or Petal Search (your search engine native) can be used in two windows, each with different content.

As with the Huawei P40 and Mate 40, the apps They must be downloaded from the AppGallery and it is perhaps the thorniest point of the operating system, since at the moment the Huawei application store does not have many of the most popular platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Huawei also offers a search engine apps external that takes us to APK repositories, but this is not the most desirable method of installing applications.


The Huawei MatePad 11 is a tablet with excellent hardware that thanks to HarmonyOS takes advantage of its potential even more. The only downside to the competition is that their app store doesn’t have everything the App Store and Google Play offer. Despite this, its price of 399 euros for the 6 GB and 128 GB version make it an excellent option in the tablet market.

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