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In addition to its UltraHD+ panel with a 3:2 ratio, the Huawei MateView 28 monitor features wireless connectivity with smartphones and computers running Windows 10, but this system is not very convincing in practice.

Available on August 8, the Huawei MateView 28 is the Chinese manufacturer’s new high-end monitor. It stands out from the competition with a very well finished aluminium chassis, very thin screen edges and an Ultra HD+ definition of 3840 x 2560 px with a very original 3:2 ratio. The other originality of the monitor comes from the connectivity. In addition to the classic HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and USB-C, the MateView 28 embeds Bluetooth, wifi and an NFC chip for wireless connection with Huawei smartphones and computers running Windows 10.

Wireless connection with a Huawei smartphone

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The Huawei Mate 40 Pro easily connects to the monitor via a simple touch of the base.


Wireless connection with smartphones only works with Huawei models equipped with an NFC chip and EMUI 10.0 (or higher). It is done very simply by touching the area of the Huawei Share sensor materialized by an icon on the base of the foot. The smartphone then asks to validate the connection and a window then appears on the screen to also confirm the connection, either for this time only or permanently.

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Wireless projection as seen from a smartphone.

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By default, the monitor copies the smartphone’s screen, which is handy for displaying information or watching a video, for example. Huawei also offers a desktop mode that is similar to the DeX of Samsung. The monitor displays a different interface with a taskbar and applications. When opening the browser, a window opens on the screen, like on a computer. The smartphone then turns into a touchpad and when text needs to be entered, the virtual keyboard appears. Unfortunately, USB devices connected to the screen are not supported. To use an external keyboard and mouse, you have to connect them via Bluetooth directly to the smartphone. Operation is surprisingly smooth – in any case with the Mate 40 Pro – and various tasks are performed without difficulty.

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The USB-C connection with a Huawei smartphone

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Connection is also possible with a USB-C cable.

As with many USB-C monitors, it is also possible to connect the smartphone directly to the monitor using the USB-C cable that comes with the MateView. This is the same as with the wireless projection mode except that here USB devices are supported. In our case, the keyboard and mouse with the dongles plugged in therefore work perfectly.

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A definition blocked at 16:9 ratio.

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On the other hand, for some reason we can’t explain, the monitor settles for a 16:9 ratio image when connected via USB-C to the phone, while the phone makes good use of the entire display area when connected via wireless projection.

Wireless connection with a PC very temperamental

<!–[if IE 9]><!–[if IE 9]> La connexion sans-fil avec un PC est simple.

Wireless connection with a PC is simple.


Connecting with Miracast enabled Windows 10 PCs is very simple. Just activate the screen projector on the monitor, it is then detectable via Bluetooth and then on the PC, open the display settings (right click on the desktop) and choose the option “Connect to a wireless display”. The MateView 28 monitor will appear in the window on the right. The display behaves like a standard monitor. You can duplicate the main display or expand the display. So much for the connection part. In practice, things get a little more complicated.

<!–[if IE 9]><!–[if IE 9]> Des artefacts apparaissent sur l'image. Le moniteur affiche ici la même image que sur la première photo, mais semble souffrir d'un problème de connexion.

Artifacts appear on the image.

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The monitor here shows the same image as in the first picture, but seems to suffer from a connection problem.

The laptop creates a direct connection to the monitor and the performance of the wifi local network is not supposed to affect the display quality. Yet, even when placed a few inches away, the wireless display on the Huawei monitor is almost unusable in our case. The latency of the mouse is very important and especially the image refreshes randomly with sometimes some artifacts as on the photo above. As it is, this wireless connection system is not pleasant to use, at least in our configuration.

Avhe most convenient way to connect a USB-C compatible computer is with the USB-C cable. The cable allows you to charge the laptop, use the two USB 3.0 ports on the edge to connect a keyboard and mouse, for example, and send the video signal to the display. In short, with just one cable you can turn the monitor into a kind of docking station, while charging and without any display problems.

See you on Monday 9 August for the full Huawei MateView 28 monitor test.