Huawei is among a few manufacturers who still competes on the market of high-end tablets against Apple and Samsung. This week the company introduced its MatePad Pro, a high-end tablet which is being positioned to rival Apple’s iPad Pro as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6. The tablet features a large display with a punch hole camera for selfies as well as Huawei’s top-of-the-line SoC.

Huawei’s MatePad Pro comes in an aluminum chassis that is 7.2 mm thick with 4.9-mm bezels, holding a 10.8-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio AMOLED display with a 2560x1600 resolution. The display has a punch hole for an 8 MP selfie camera, whereas the main camera on the backside of the tablet has a 13 MP CMOS sensor and a LED flash. The tablet is based on Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 990 application processor paired with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM as well as 128 GB or 256 GB of NAND flash storage. Meanwhile, Huawei will initially offer the tablet in Wi-Fi only configurations as well as a Wi-Fi with 4G/LTE version, with a 5G model due in the first quarter of next year.

Being aimed at demanding users who are after more than a portable television, the Huawei MatePad Pro will come with the company’s M-Pen stylus for drawing and precise interaction with programs. To maximize the battery life of the device, Huawei equipped it with a 7,250 mAh battery, which in turn can be charged with Huawei’s 40 W SuperCharger or 15 W wireless charging.

On the software side of matters, Huawei’s MatePad Pro is based on Google’s Android 10 with EMUI 10, but lacks Google’s Play and Mobile Services suite, which is likely to make it considerably less competitive outside of China. The good news, at least, is that the tablet has a laptop mode, which will make it easier to use for productivity applications.

Huawei MatePad Pro
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 990
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.36 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.95 GHz
Graphics Arm Mali-G76
Display 10.8-inch
Storage 128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Nano Memory card slot
Memory 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct,
Bluetooth v5.1
GPS A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
Connectivity USB 3.1 Type-C for data and charging
Camera Rear Camera: 13 MP
Front Camera: 8 MP
Video Recording: UHD 4K (3840×2160) @ 30 fps
Playback: ?
Audio 4 × Speakers
USB-C headset
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Compass
Battery 7250 mAh
Dimensions 246 × 159 × 7.2 mm
460 grams
Color White, Black, Green and Orange
OS Android 10 with EMUI 10
Price Starts at $392 in China
Accessories various

Huawei is currently taking pre-orders on its MatePad Pro in China with the aim to start actual shipments on December 12. Depending on the version, the MatePad Pro will cost from CNY 3,299 to CNY 4,499 ($392 ~ $533 without VAT). As for colors, the company will offer its premium tablet in White, Black, Green and Orange colors. Huawei yet has to formally announce the MatePad Pro outside of its home market.

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Sources: Huawei, GSMArena, TechRadar

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  • GC2:CS - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    Not happening. The way Apple does OLED is not feasible for anything bigger than phone. iPhone 11 Pro Max is up to 4,5W. That is comparable to the 11” iPad Pro.

    Can get a bit lower with less ppi and oled is pretty much the only way to make the iPad significally thinner and lighter at this point.

    But I think mini and then Micro LED is the way.
  • airdrifting - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    People still use tablets?
  • obama gaming - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    yes... that's why companies make them...
  • NICOXIS - Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - link

    Sure, it's just not as popular as in the past. The fact that most manufacturers have paired substandard hardware and mediocre support is one of the reasons for their decline IMO. So it's nice to see new designs with top of the line HW at least.
  • ptrouton - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - link

    The new tablet model from Huawei is certainly good. The actual filling of the middle class, but I am confused by the lack of Google services, and the potential transition to the not fully tested operating system Huawei Harmony OS. In contrast, recently the Xiaomi company made a small leak of information that in August an updated line of their tablets will be presented, where of course Google services will be present. And judging by the characteristics, there will be an excellent screen on which reading information will be much more convenient, since, for example, I sometimes order an essay for and read a lot. Therefore, I'm waiting for the release of the tablet from Xiaomi to the global market

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