The MatePad Pro, Huawei’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro, introduces specs never before seen in the tablet segment: a punch-hole display and support for reverse wireless charging.
The only interruption on this flagship tablet’s 10.8-inch AMOLED display is the 8-megapixel selfie camera. Otherwise, it’s designed for you to enjoy whatever is displayed on the 2,560 x 1,600 resolution screen with its 16:10 aspect ratio and impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio.
The Huawei MatePad Pro amps up its entertainment value by adding a quad-speaker setup with Histen 6.0 audio support. It also has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection auto-focus, and LED flash.
Huawei MatePad Pro: Official product video
This tablet can handle whatever you throw at it because under the hood, you get a powerful Kirin 990 processor, Android 10-based EMUI 10, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of expandable storage.
Multitasking is an essential feature for the Huawei MatePad Pro. It will let you clone your phone’s interface on its screen, allowing you to transfer files with ease as well as answering calls or sending and receiving text messages.
An optional keyboard accessory promises to give you a desktop-like experience on the tablet. And as was teased before, it also supports the M-Pencil stylus that has a 4,096-level pressure sensitivity nib.
You can definitely get the most out of this premium slate with its 7,250mAh battery that supports up to 40-watt rapid charging, 15-watt wireless charging, and 7.5-watt reverse wireless charging for other devices and even the M-Pencil stylus. However, it must be noted that what you get in the box is a 20-watt fast charger.
There will be Wi-Fi and LTE versions of the MatePad Pro as well as a 5G variant launching in the first quarter of 2020. Huawei didn’t expound on this version, but the tablet could run on the Kirin 990 5G, which will supposedly power the Huawei Nova 6 5G.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS (only on the LTE edition), and USB-C. What’s missing is a fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Huawei MatePad Pro pricing and availability
The Huawei MatePad Pro will start selling in China on December 12 with the following color variants: Danxia Orange, Castle Peak, Fritillaria White, and Night Ash.
Here’s a rundown of the different models plus their respective prices:
- Wi-Fi only edition
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage: ¥3,299 (around P23,826 or $469)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage: ¥3,399 (P24,548 or $483)
- LTE edition
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage: ¥3,799 (P27,437 or $540)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage: ¥4,499 (P32,492 or $639)
The optional M-Pencil stylus and magnetic keyboard case will cost ¥699 (P5,054 or $99) and ¥499 (P3,608 or $71), respectively.
A Huawei MatePad Pro combo edition with the optional accessories (keyboard + stylus) will be sold in China starting December 25. The Wi-Fi variant will be available in an 8GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration for ¥4,999 (P36,103, $710), while the LTE model will come in an 8GB RAM + 512GB storage option for ¥5,999 (P43,325, $853).
Huawei MatePad Pro specs
- 10.8-inch AMOLED display, 2,560 x 1,600 resolution (16:9
- Octa-core Kirin 990 processor
- 6GB/8GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB storage
- 13MP, f/1.8 rear camera
- 8MP, f/2.0 front camera
- 7,250mAh battery with 40-watt fast charging over USB-C
- EMUI 10 based on Android 10
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