First unveiled in November last year, Huawei announced an upgrade to its MatePad Pro alongside its Mate Xs and MateBook series of laptops. The tablet will use Huawei’s latest Kirin 990 5G SoC as well as faster wireless charging.
Huawei App Multiplier
The MatePad Pro sports a 10.8-inch display with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution making for an impressive pixel density of 280ppi. In addition to this, the display comes with the DCI-P3 colour gamut and 4.9mm bezels, giving the device a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, the highest compared to its direct competition in the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
Running on Huawei’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) based EMUI 10, the tablet comes with an App Multiplier feature. In essence, this is split-screen functionality within a certain application when used in landscape mode. Currently, this is supported by 3,000+ applications with plans to increase this count thanks to the Open UIKit for developers.
Performance is a top priority
Huawei’s new Kirin 990 5G chip is built on the more advanced 7nm+ EUV process. This allows for six of its eight cores to run at higher clock speeds compared to the regular Kirin 990. Not just this, its NPU is also more powerful.
However, the main feature of the processor is its integrated 5G modem. This is said to provide 10x the downlink speeds of 4G and lower latency, both suited for cloud gaming.
To accompany the tablet’s display, you find four speakers on the device. It also comes equipped with four far field microphones and an additional noise cancelling microphone beside the 13MP primary camera. For front video, there is an 8MP selfie camera in the punch-hole notch on the display.
As far as charging the device goes, it sees an upgrade in speed too. The tablet supports faster 27W wireless charging in conjunction with 40W wired charging. You can even use its reverse wireless charging to recharge your phone or other accessories.
Among the accessories you may want to use with the MatePad Pro, the keyboard and stylus would fit best. The Smart Keyboard comes with long key travel and can be enable usage at a 60-degree or 70-degree orientation.
The M-Pencil on the other hand gives you artistic freedom with it able to recognise up to 4,000 levels of pressure.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei MatePad Pro will be available starting in April in a variety of configurations. In a 128GB/6GB storage and RAM pair, you will be able to get the WiFi only variant for €550 (Dh2,198.75) with a 4G LTE version available for €600 (Dh2,398.64). Bumping this up to 256GB/8GB, the WiFi only tablet will cost €600 (Dh2,198.75) with the 4G LTE equipped variant going for €700 (Dh2,798.41). With the same internals, you can also get the MatePad Pro in a Vegan Leather finish, available with the M-Pencil for €750 (Dh2,998.30) in orange or green.
As for the tablet’s 5G configurations, its 256GB/8GB flavour with 5G connectivity will go for €800 (Dh3,198.18). There is also an option to double the storage to 512GB with the same amount of RAM, but this will cost you €950 (Dh3,797.84). We will keep you updated with local pricing and availability once we know more.