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BOOX NOTE AIR3 vs HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3, and the HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER.

This is currently a simplified comparison consisting of a table of side-by-side specifications, and review cards of each tablet, outlining their pros and cons. If a tablet has a rating then you can also click on it for a full and detailed review of the tablet.

I do write detailed ‘versus‘ comparisons, however because I am only one person it is impractical for me to compare every single e-ink tablet against every other one! So if you think that this page would benefit from being fleshed out with additional information and my own thoughts and opinions, then feel free to drop me an email at dan@ewritable.com – I will prioritise pages that get the most requests πŸ™‚

Additional E-Ink Tablet Resources

If you’re new to e-ink tablets, you may wish to take a look at:

I have also created a gigantic e-ink comparison table (which is also searchable/filterable, so you can whittle down your search to the tablets that best meet your needs).

And a list of (what I believe to be) the best e-ink tablets can be found here.

Now, onto the comparison between the ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 and the HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER and ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3

PRODUCTBOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$400
$615
ManufacturerOnyx BooxHuawei
Release year20232020
SCREENBOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER
Screen typeCarta 1200Carta HD
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)227dpi227dpi
Colour⨯⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“β¨―
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER
CPU2.4 Ghz octa-core1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM4Gb4Gb
Storage64Gb64Gb
Battery3700mAh3625mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“βœ“
SD card slotβœ“β¨―
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width193mm182.7mm
Height226mm225.2mm
Thickness5.8mm6.65mm
Weight450g360g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER
Operating systemAndroid 12HarmonyOS 2
Google Play Storeβœ“β¨―
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“β¨―
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“β¨―
No. templates40+15+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerBallpoint, Fountain, Pencil, Highlighter
Screen shareβœ“β¨―
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIPPDF, TXT, FB2
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3-
Buy
BUYBOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER
Where to buyBoox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Huawei
Amazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX NOTE AIR3HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER

To compare even more e-ink tablets, click here for the full comparison table.

ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Scratchy writing feel
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • Lots of options can lead to less focused work

Top-of-the-range hardware and software combined with a pleasurable writing experience makes the Note Air3 one of the most versatile and capable e-ink tablets on the market.

HUAWEI MATEPAD PAPER Review Card

About the author

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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.

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