Huawei Introduces the MatePad Paper E-Reader, a 10.3-inch device.

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Despite the fact that Huawei isn’t a brand we expect to see in the United States anytime soon, the Chinese company’s first e-reader sports the desired collection of features that will no doubt make at least some Kindle users envy.

The MatePad Paper is equipped with a 10.3-inch E Ink display with a resolution of 1,872 by 1,404 pixels (227ppi). The screen has a smart refresh function that “adjusts according to the information you are viewing,” and there is support for stylus input. A second-generation Huawei M-Pencil (along with two replacement tips) is included with the e-reader, allowing it to be used as a note-taking device as well.

Powered by Huawei’s Kirin 820E processor, which is a 7nm six-core ARM microprocessor with a Mali-G57 GPU and a Huawei Da Vinci Architecture NPU core, the Paper is capable of a variety of tasks. As a counterpoint to this, the phone includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, as well as a 3,625mAh battery (which provides 28 days of standby time) that can be recharged through a USB Type-C interface that supports 22.5W fast charging.

According to Huawei, the MatePad Paper is a productivity gadget that can also be used for reading digital books. The operating system is HarmonyOS 2, and Huawei is clearly positioning the tablet as a productivity device as well as a device for reading digital books. It is possible to see many papers at the same time, to arrange your thoughts using a variety of templates, and, of course, to make notes on the documents and books you are now reading. Included in this is the ability to capture audio and associate the audio with certain notes that are being made.

With support for 40 languages and 32 brightness settings for comfortable reading in any environment, Huawei touts the Paper’s ability to accurately translate text into your desired language. The device also boasts a fingerprint power button for added security as well as Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and a fingerprint scanner.

In terms of competition, the Onyx Book Note Air 2 and reMarkable 2 are both more expensive than Amazon’s Kindle line, and the price reflects that. In accordance with The Verge, Huawei is likely to sell it at about $560, although there is no official release date at this time. And while US consumers are unlikely to get the opportunity to purchase the MatePad Paper, Amazon should take note and consider incorporating many, if not all, of the capabilities found in the MatePad Paper into the next edition of the Kindle.

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