I flew to Dubai to discover why Huawei may finally have what digital artists need - a large and light tablet

Huawei event; MatePad Pro 13.2
(Image credit: Future)

The live streamed event has just ended and I'm stood in the lobby of a lavish Dubai hotel mingling with and sipping a green mint and lemon drink everyone is obsessed with. Huawei's swish Dubai tech showcase is the only place tonight were you can find royalty and art royalty; painter Sacha Jafri shakes my hand and tells me I "really need to try" the new MatePad Pro 13.2, "you won't be disappointed". The message is crystal clear, Huawei is serious about its new tablet, and wants artists to take notice.

This Huawei Dubai event launches the company's new tech lineup for 2024 and is clearly aimed at creatives, with a particular pitch to digital artists, which feels like a first. Huawei has always courted artists, with its Procreate-like Mojing Paint and cost-effective MatePad series, but it's not felt like a serious option, until now. Honestly, the new tech I try in Dubai impressed.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.