Huawei may have achieved considerable success in the smartphone department, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a free pass to rest on their laurels. In recent years, it has been quietly diversifying its product arsenal, from consumer lifestyle wearables like the Huawei Watch and FreeBuds to the MateBook laptop series. The domain of monitors lies next in line, with the MateView GT and MateView set of standalone monitors paving the way for the Chinese giant to break into a new market.
Designed specifically for the gaming audience, the 34-inch MateView GT ships with gaming-centric features, including a 165Hz refresh rate, a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, a 21:9 aspect ratio, and a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display is curved, covering 90 percent of the DCI-P3 colour gamut and 121 percent of the sRGB palette for greater colour vibrancy and contrast.
In terms of audio, the monitor offers a front-firing sound bar embedded into the stand that comprises two 5W speakers with 2.0 stereo sound support. Volume level and lighting effects can be adjusted through the RGB touch panel on the top of the sound bar, which adds a slight touch of that RGB gamer aesthetic.
Subtlety, in fact, comes through its design. Where loud, gaudy streaks are often associated with gaming, the MateView GT is built stealthy with an emblazoned silver frost ring on its rear and an overall minimalist chassis. For an added competitive edge, the Dark Field Control feature automatically adjusts the display brightness in low-light and over-exposed settings, allowing enthusiasts to spot the opponent team, or other on-screen elements, more easily.
Other notable features include dual-mic far-field pickup, intelligent noise cancelling, a diverse port selection, and local tech dimming technology for reduced blue light exposure.
Huawei isn’t leaving everyday users in the dust, however. Accompanying its gaming counterpart is the flagship MateView monitor, which is tailored more for the productivity and content creation department. Sporting a 28.2-inch 4K HDR display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, it offers a 94 percent screen-to-body ratio packed into the world’s sleekest rear design that measures 9.33 mm at its thinnest point. The panel, meanwhile, will cover 98 percent of the DCI-P3 colour gamut and 100 percent of the sRGB spectrum to bring increased contrast, more vivid tones, and cinematic viewing for owners.
Similar to its GT sibling, the monitor features a broad array of connectivity options that comprise a USB-C port, a mini Display Port, an HDMI port, two USB-A slots, and a 3.5 mm audio jack which doubles up as a microphone port. It also boasts a four-metre far-field sound pickup system and noise reduction capabilities, alongside two 5W speakers embedded in the stand.
Where the MateView stands out, though, is in its addition of the Huawei Smart Bar. Taking the form of a touchable on-screen display, it lets users navigate through various controls without having to interact with physical buttons. Tapping once, for instance, will confirm an action, while tapping twice takes the user back to the previous landing. Swiping with one finger brings up the volume control; swiping with two switches between the keyboard and mouse input.
Those who are already a part of the Huawei ecosystem stand to benefit from a greater ease of connectivity. With wireless projection technology, existing owners of the brand’s phone, laptop, and tablet models will be able to connect their devices to the monitor a la Apple’s AirPlay function, with PC wireless projection offering 2K high quality display and low latency.
Both the Huawei MateView and MateView GT will be available in Singapore sometime in August 2021, with local pricing and promotion details to be announced in due time.