Although so far it was clear that Huawei's popular MediaPad was a mid-range product, the MatePad Pro is a tablet. the premium in almost every way, with features gained throughout Mate's phone series and laptops.
In this way, MatePad Pro is designed to tempt ordinary users of devices like the iPad Pro or Galaxy Tab S6, but if there is no Google Play Store, has Huawei done enough to tempt consumers?
We have spent the past few days using new ones tablet Huawei expert to be able to give you our conclusions in everyday work.
Flawless design and show
The first thing you will notice about the MatePad Pro is how high its beauty is, with its rounded edges and minimalist dimensions. Professional-grade, Huawei-finished alloy-magnesium alte frame is durable.
Visually and behind it, it is possible to appreciate the lines that make cellular communication possible, because it is difficult for waves to penetrate metal, but those rules do not seem to apply to the MatePad Pro, which has 22 sensors.
This allows its appearance to be much cleaner than what you get on an iPad Pro or any other tablet connected to the market. Its screen is 10 inches (10.8 cm) with almost negligible edges and a body weight of 90%.
Although the tables are far from the small frames they put some of the best SmartphonesIn a sense, the MatePad Pro is much closer to being ready at 4.9 mm thick compared to 8.3 mm in the current range of the iPad Pro.
It is clear that the iPad Pro frames are housed in an open source ID, but the system adopted by the MatePad Pro, which is based on facial recognition with a selfie camera, is not bad, even though it seems less secure.
It is somewhat surprising that Huawei has opted for more facial recognition technology, where the Mate 30 Pro or P40 Pro has more advanced options. There is also no fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the screen.
As for the front camera, it is mounted on the screen, moved to its right side. It is one of the first that we see continued in tablet And without a doubt, it leaves more room to be viewed.
Its 10.8-inch screen and 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution also add DCI-P3 color support to bring cinema quality color to the tablet and take advantage of the content from movies and series on the basics. to broadcast.
It's not surprising that the screen is bright, sharp, and brightly colored, without any complaint when it comes to enjoying its quality, managing social media, or simply using the M-Pencil to write or write notes. The only exception though would be the average 16:10 aspect ratio.
The video is supported by a set of four H&K speakers that further enhance the experience while watching videos or playing games on a tablet. It is tablet where you can no longer find the connectorjack audio, but you can use the USB-C adapter cable included in the pack.
Pro Tablet functionality accessories
Like the Surface Pro or iPad Pro range, Huawei & # 39; s MatePad Pro range is equipped with a few advanced production accessories that will allow you to take advantage of a variety of applications.
For graphic designers and photographers, Huawei offers the M-Pencil, which in many ways competes with the Apple Pencil. Hexagonal covered, it has full support and pressure support, allowing the brush strokes to flow naturally.
The magnificent hole on one of its sides allows the M-Pencil to sync when you don't use it, so that it can be charged wirelessly rather than assisting its movement without leaving it forgotten anywhere.
Within 30 seconds of payment you will have 10 minutes to apply. The full charge is made in one hour, with the added bonus you will be able to spend 10 hours before re-installing it.
The stylus communicates with the MatePad Pro & # 39; s interface, so pop-ups show you the balance of the battery each time you remove the style from its magnetic spot on the tablet.
The smart keyboard Huawei intends to turn your tablet into a real device used as a laptop is also magnetic. You can reply to emails, write notes or, like us, part of a product review.
The keyboard case folds up as a protective case when not in use, assisted by pulling the back and forearm together to secure the screen. You will have two viewing angles of about 60 or 70 degrees, but without smaller models.
At first we found the side buttons to be small, but it wouldn't cost you to get used to it because the learning curve wouldn't take you long. All in all, the keyboard provides a great typing experience by moving the 1.3mm key and satisfying clicks.
The keyboard is removable wirelessly by attaching it to the tablet, so it will last as long as the MatePad Pro battery, without excessive use. Keep in mind that we do not have a touchpad or a place to use a pointer.
Under the head of the MatePad Pro you'll find Huawei & # 39; s Kirin 990 SoC, a chip with a third-generation DaVinci NPU that powers the tablet's smart capabilities, and Mali's G76 GPU graphics chip.
They come with a 6 GB of RAM if you prefer a model with 128 GB of storage, or 8 GB if you prefer 256 or 512 GB of storage. The performance between the three models is likely to be very different.
The Kirin 990 is similar to the P40 Pro or Mate 30 Pro mobiles, so performance is very similar and one of the highest. It comes with a 3D graphene cooling system that helps keep the parts cool.
The MatePad Pro can handle any content you throw without delay, and it works well to hold the most demanding and high-quality tasks you can put on a large laptop.
In terms of connectivity, MatePad Pro provides support for Wifi 802.11ac, as well as Bluetooth .1 and USB-C 3.1 port with back-up charging capabilities. There are models with 4G connectivity and the 5G version will also reach the sales catalog.
Where the Huawei MatePad Pro differs from the competition is in the upload phase. In addition to supporting 27W wireless charging, the tablet also offers 7.5W charging for charging accessories such as headphones.
Its 7250 mAh battery is more than adequate to ensure continuous use for hours and forget to charge for a few days. Typically, we found that you had about 8 or 9 hours of continuous use before reloading.
It is standard on a tablet of this size and board, but with a 40 W fast charging cable, you can also operate the tablet during recordings and without having to work with it near the base of the wall.
The problem we find here is that tablet It's on sale for a 20W type charger, half the maximum power allowed, so charging is slow, up to 31% charging over half an hour, according to our tests.
Unlike Huawei's range of smartphones, you won't find various cameras on the MatePad Pro, but the solution offered is welcome. Few tablets compare to what is currently being offered by smartphones in this segment.
You will get a 13 MP rear camera with f / 1.8 aperture and PDAF autofocus. Although the results do not reach the same strong range of Flagship phone cameras, their quality will be sufficient for use on social media.
You can manage various shooting modes, such as Panorama, Portrait mode or Night mode, in addition to recording 2160 video at 30fps. They are basic figures by 2020 but enough to be a tablet, devices not improving image quality.
As for the front camera or selfie, its quality is 8 MP with f / 2.0 aperture, which decides on photography and video-making in this new era of telecommunications.
Applications and ecosystem
EMUI 10's focus on tablets (based on Open Source for Android) is what Huawei calls Application Multiplier, and seeks to fix one of the biggest problems with Android tablets in general.
The problem is that there are a surprising number of Android apps that do not take advantage of horizontal user preferences tablet, because most of the development is based on its use in smartphones.
Huawei & # 39; s App Multipfer only allows vertical custom apps to interact with the look of the scene, showing two windows of the same app.
It's a good solution, but the problem is that developers need to install feature support, and about 1000 applications on that are available that use the technology at the time of writing.
There's also the Huawei Multi-Window, an iPad-like feature that lets you use two apps (side by side) to adjust the power partition. You can also pick up a third edition with a floating window.
Huawei's share is another highlight in terms of software, as it provides Apple-level connectivity between Huawei's branded devices. We were able to quickly transfer and exchange files with Huawei MateBook D14, using the Huawei Share icon.
What is most impressive is the fact that we were able to replicate the Mate 30 Pro screen using Huawei Share, providing instant access to messages, apps and phones when working on the MatePad.
It's a very useful feature, and frankly, an option we would like to see in other pills on the market. The MatePad Pro problem comes when using Google Play services and services, due to the unavailability of Google Mobile Services (GMS).
With AppGallery, the supply of apps is growing rapidly with popular titles like Snapchat or Amazon Shopping, but they are all free and focused on mobile devices, and not so much to sync with the tablet.
There are also exceptions such as Microsoft Office in the production area, available for download through AppGallery, but they are still a limited number.
There are opportunities to install third-party apps with APKPure, accessing popular Android apps like Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, but you can't use Pro-level apps to Adobe's popularity to take advantage of the full hardware.
If you like the graphic design section, you'll find on AppGallery some such as Autodek SketchBook, Concepts and MediBang Paint, which are very helpful to use in conjunction with your M-Pens digital pen.
Price and availability
Currently, i tablet Huawei MatePad Pro It is available in pre-booked Huawei store mode in Spain with a special price starting at € 549, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Standard price with no discount for tablet The Wi-Fi model without cellular connection is up to € 648. The upgraded version has gray edges. The keyboard case has a standard price of € 129, but if you buy it now, it costs just € 50.
So, for € 599 you have a complete tablet solution that includes the MatePad Pro next to the official case symbol with the built-in keyboard. The digital pen price for the M-Pension is € 99 but Huawei buys it with the purchase of the MatePad Pro.
The tablet's final availability is scheduled for delivery on May 20.
The final decision
It is not easy to judge a tablet of this scale where hardware performance and quality are not only outstanding, but still lack the full support of Google's system of services and services.
The 10.8-inch screen is radiant, and as we've seen in the figures, you get a full tablet solution, a keyboard with a pen and a digital pen at a very affordable price and without the slightest print.
A quick charge of 40 W offers tablet High availability by being able to charge your battery at lightning speed. It also supports 7.5W Wireless Charging, so you can charge any Qi compatible device.
Huawei has worked hard in the past months to complement its AppGallery with popular apps, and it is undoubtedly improving, but it is still far from being able to offer the ecosystem app the Western world has become accustomed to.
There is an opportunity to download popular apps such as Facebook or Instagram from APKPure, which help close the gap, but important productivity apps like Adobe won't work without GSM access.
- 10.8-inch IPS LCD screen (2560 x 1600)
- Kirin 990 5G CPU processor
- GPU graphics chip MAli-G76 MP16
- 6 or 8 GB of RAM
- 128/256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.0 type storage
- Slot the NM card
- 13 MP f / 1.8 rear camera with flash and PDAF autofocus
- 8 MP front f / 2.0 camera
- Video reaches 2160p at 30fps
- USB-C port 3.1
- Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5.1
- Nano-SIM (4G and 5G optional)
- 7,250mAh battery
- Quick charging with 40W cord
- 27W Wireless Charging
- 7.5W returns wireless charging
- EMUI 10 (Open Source for Android 10)
- Dimensions 246 x 159 x 7.2 mm
- Weight 460 grams