Huawei has announced the MatePad Paper, a strange 10.3-inch hybrid e-reader and tablet which we weirdly like the look of

Featuring a 10.3-inch E Ink display support for Huawei’s M-Pencil, the MatePad Paper is more than just your usual e-reader as it’s also built around writing and note-taking thanks to the addition of a built-in microphone. 

Running Huawei’s HarmonyOS the MatePad Paper is almost more of a paired down productivity-focused Android tablet with an E Ink display than it is a traditional e-reader, which sounds perfect if you can’t trust yourself not to procrastinate with a tablet in your hands. 

With an 86.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, the MatePad Paper also looks undeniably sleek, but that’s not the most impressive feat considering the hardware crammed inside the device. 

Unlike a traditional tablet that’s pushing at the boundaries of what’s technologically possible, Huawei’s MatePad Paper only features a “powerful chip,” a fingerprint power button,  4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, which is plenty for books and documents but not much else.

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While we’re definitely enticed by the rather sleek looking productivity machine, sadly the price is rather steep for what it can do, as the MatePad Paper retails for €499, roughly £415. With a Kindle, albeit one with ads, starting at just £69.99, it’s clear that productivity tools don’t come cheap.

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