Huawei vs. Honor: Top Tablets under $300

Choosing a Tablet: Huawei MatePad 11 vs Honor Pad 9

As we step into the new year, many parents are considering buying a tablet for their children to embark on a new phase of experience. Similarly, some friends are seeking a tablet for streaming and casual use. Both these needs share a common point – they don’t demand very high performance, but the user experience matters. This includes smooth system operation, software compatibility, and a wide range of available applications.

Within the price range of 2000 yuan, there isn’t a suitable iPad model, but Huawei and Honor offer decent products. Here, we’ll take a look at two entry-level tablet products to see how they stack up.

Let’s start with Huawei’s MatePad 11, an 8+128GB model priced at 1899 yuan.

MatePad 11

This tablet features a Snapdragon 870 processor, 8GB of RAM, and meets application requirements. It sports an 11-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, a 16:10 aspect ratio, supports a 120Hz refresh rate, and covers P3-level color gamut.

MatePad Screen

The screen adopts anti-glare nano-etching technology, which can eliminate 97% of ambient light interference, providing a better reading experience.

MatePad Writing Experience

Additionally, the writing experience on the soft light screen is excellent, with audible pen-on-paper sensation, and when paired with the M-Pencil 2, it can achieve 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

It features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4 speakers, 2 microphones, supports WiFi 6, has 22.5W fast charging, a 7250mAh battery, and weighs 480 grams. It also comes with PC-level WPS software, making it convenient for office use, all at the standard price of 1899 yuan.

If you opt for the soft light screen version, the 8+128GB model costs an additional 400 yuan, bringing the price to 2299 yuan. This type of screen is well-suited for prolonged reading and provides a paper-like writing effect.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the Honor Pad 9, which is also a new product.

Honor Pad 9

This tablet uses the first-generation Snapdragon 6 mobile platform, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, with an Adreno 710 GPU.

Honor Pad 9 Screen

The product features a 12.1-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate, and AG glass with etching technology, which can eliminate 98% of environmental reflections, providing all-round eye protection.

It comes with 8 speakers, 2 microphones, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, WiFi 5, and Bluetooth 5.1. It has an 8300mAh battery, 35W fast charging, a metal body, and weighs 555 grams.

The 8+128GB base version is priced at 1399 yuan, while the 8+256GB base version is priced at 1699 yuan. If you choose the soft light screen version, the 8+256GB model costs 1799 yuan.

In summary, Huawei’s tablet is more suitable in terms of weight, has a stronger processor, and superior network specifications. It also operates on HarmonyOS and offers office productivity tools, making it more versatile. However, it comes with a higher price tag.

The Honor tablet, on the other hand, has overall good quality, a large screen, high resolution, and 8 speakers. Its system has also been developed over the years. Both models have their own unique features, allowing users to choose according to their specific needs.

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