Huawei has announced its very first e-reader, the MatePad Paper. But it’s a little different from a typical Kindle. For starters, it’s compatible with Huawei’s M-Pencil stylus, so it can be used for taking notes in addition to just reading like the reMarkable 2 or Onyx Boox Note Air 2, and there’s also a built-in microphone for voiceover. voice recording. It also has a larger 10.3-inch E Ink screen compared to the roughly 7-inch screens found on most Kindles.
These specs mean that the MatePad Paper has the potential to be a productivity device, as well as a consumer-only device. It almost looks more like an Android tablet which just happens to come with an E Ink display, down to the fact that it runs Huawei’s HarmonyOS software and comes pre-installed with the company’s App Gallery.
If you’re looking to use the device purely as an e-reader, Huawei advertises that it comes equipped with the company’s own Huawei Books store, which offers access to 2 million books. Huawei adds that it is compatible with PDF files as well as other standard e-reader formats. But popular e-book marketplaces like Amazon’s Kindle app and Google Play Books are currently not listed in Huawei’s app gallery, which could mean your existing e-book library won’t be transferred over. transparent.
Huawei claims the MatePad Paper has a fingerprint sensor built into its power button, USB-C port for charging and data transfer, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage integrated and a backlight with 32 levels of brightness. Its battery can last four weeks on standby, according to Huawei. The company hasn’t provided specific details on what technology it uses to enable the M-Pencil to write on the screen, but since the stylus requires a charger, we assume it uses a layer of AES-style drawing like an iPad, rather than EMR like its E-Ink rivals.
All of these features don’t come cheap, with the Huawei MatePad Paper at the recommended retail price of €499 (about $558). That’s a lot compared to the starting price of around €90 for Amazon’s Kindles, but it’s more in line with a comparable Android tablet like the Onyx Boox Note Air 2, which sells for €499 in Europe. At least Huawei includes an M-Pencil and cover as standard with the MatePad Paper. Huawei has yet to announce a release date or markets for its first e-reader, but a US release seems unlikely.
The MatePad Paper was announced alongside a range of new Huawei devices at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There’s the MateBook X Pro laptop, the MateBook E 2-in-1, the MateStation X all-in-one PC, a laser printer called Huawei PixLab X1, and a portable Bluetooth speaker called Sound Joy.