Huawei MatePad Pro: Price, Release Date, and Specifications in 2019..

Huawei MatePad Pro: Price, Release Date, and Specifications in 2019..

Huawei MatePad Pro: Price, Release Date, and Specifications in 2019..

Huawei MatePad Pro: Price, Release Date, and Specifications in 2019.

As Apple dominates the head and shoulders tablet market, competition is becoming increasingly scarce. But no question for Huawei to admit defeat. The Chinese giant launches the MatePad Pro, a tablet designed for productivity sold at an affordable price. We tested it.

Difficult to find a place in a slowing tablet market. To revive the machine, Apple has focused its strategy on the iPad Pro, a tablet "which can replace a computer" according to Tim Cook. If the bet is not yet quite successful, the iPad Pro can still replace a PC for certain uses.

Out of the question then for the competitors to leave all the Apple cake. With the Galaxy Tab S6, Samsung offers its vision of a professional tablet. But like the iPad Pro, it remains a rather expensive product (1200USD). Huawei therefore had a card to play, that of the good techno-price ratio.

The Chinese giant knows the formula by heart since it entered the smartphone market with this magic potion. With the MatePad Pro, it therefore offers an alternative to the iPad Pro and the Galaxy Tab S6 for a much more affordable price. Launched at 850USD euros, the MatePad Pro is currently the most affordable professional tablet on the market. And to avoid spoiling anything, Huawei is temporarily offering (until June 22, 2020) the M Pencil stylus (120USD) and the keyboard-case (139USD), essential accessories to proclaim itself a productivity tool.. In this article, we are going to have a quick review of Huawei MatePad Pro regarding price, release date, display, and design.

Huawei MatePad Pro:

Design & Display.

As soon as you open the box, the MatePad Pro amazes with its compact size. Despite a 10.8-inch screen, it retains contained dimensions thanks to integration into the line. The panel covers 90% of the front surface (the best screen-to-size ratio on the market) and the borders measure only 4.9 mm. To achieve this result, the manufacturer has housed the front sensor in a small punch positioned in the upper left corner (in landscape format) which will be discreet.

On the back, Huawei plays the card of minimalism. Made of an aluminum frame and covered with fiberglass, the MatePad Pro shines with its lightness (460 g). Also, the choice of these materials allows it not to mark fingerprints and to be compatible with wireless charging (a first). The 13-megapixel photo sensor and its flash are housed in a small slightly protruding module that the thickness of the keyboard-case will fit perfectly.

For the rest, Huawei knows its classics. In landscape mode, USB-C and two of the four speakers are grouped together on the right border. The other two audio outputs are positioned opposite next to the on / off button. The lower and upper edges both incorporate a magnetic system, the first for attaching the stylus, the other for the keyboard along with the slot for nmCard (proprietary format).

By focusing on minimalism and a compact and light format, Huawei has succeeded in its bet. The MatePad Pro is sleek and fun to use , a perfect tool for work on the go.

 As far as display is concerned, Huawei MatePad Pro comes with a 10.8 IPS LCD display which is the same display. The screen occupies 86.6% of the front of the device. Huawei MatePad Pro has a resolution (2500x1600) with 280 PPI.

For an immersive experience, Huawei takes care of the audio part. Four speakers powered by Harman Kardon deliver stereophonic sound. Five microphones are responsible for reducing ambient noise and the various sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, etc.) detect the orientation of the tablet (landscape or portrait) to maintain a 3D rendering. In use, the combination of these elements results in a balanced and immersive sound that will appeal to fans of films / series or games.

Huawei accompanies the MatePad Pro with M Pencil and a keyboard-case , two accessories that can be connected via bluetooth. The former has 4,096 pressure levels and low latency (according to Huawei). In fact, it is rather comfortable for taking notes, some freehand sketches or even photo editing. For designers and graphic designers, an iPad Pro is still more recommended. And fortunately since it costs twice as much.

The M Pencil sins especially by its fastening system. Like the Apple Pencil, it is positioned on the edge of the tablet thanks to a magnetic system. Unfortunately, the magnet lacks power which increases the risk of falling. We therefore recommend combining it with the keyboard-case, which protrudes slightly from the border and allows the stylus to be stuck in its housing.

Precisely, the keyboard is essential for this product focused on productivity. Huawei opts for a case format that protects the tablet. Soft and light, this accessory is also pleasant for everyday use. Special mention to the plastic keys (and not flexible material) a material that facilitates typing. The 1.3 mm stroke also brings a good dose of comfort to the whole. We were able to type a good part of this test with the MatePad Pro with some pleasure.

However, all is not perfect. If the keyboard's magnetic system is powerful, Huawei only allows two positions that will be suitable for use on a flat surface (desk, table, etc.). Forget entering text with the tablet on your knees or in bed, especially since the case lacks rigidity to ensure good support in these situations.

Finally, the absence of a trackpad will upset some , especially as Huawei integrates a PC mode (we will come back to this). Lack of space or cost reduction, the reason remains unknown. The manufacturer assures that the MatePad Pro supports Bluetooth mice, but that means taking another accessory with you. Not very mobile friendly all that.

Huawei MatePad Pro:

Operating System and Process.

Huawei MatePad Pro comes with the Kirin 990.  The MatePad Pro CPU comes with 8 cores with 7nm Plus build.

Regarding the GPU, Huawei MatePad Pro has the Mali-G76 MP16. In Geekbench 5, the CPU scored 734 for single-core and 2834 for multicores.

On Fortnite, at the time of this test, the Huawei MatePad Pro is unfortunately not yet fully recognized. Therefore, we cannot go beyond the epic quality at 30 FPS in 100% rendering. The experience is perfectly fluid and very pleasant in these conditions, but we would have liked to go further: the chip is capable of it, it is simply necessary that the servers of Epic Games recognize the 

PUBG Mobile offers us HDR, Ultra frequency, anti-aliasing activated and auto adjustment deactivated of course. Again, the experience is more than satisfactory for anyone who wants to chain the kites quietly.

Above all, it should be noted that the Huawei MatePad Pro perfectly controls its heating, even with the performance mode activated throughout the exercise. Thin and well distributed over the body of the tablet, it is never disturbing to use and dissipates very quickly.

According to the operating system, Huawei MatePad Pro runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 Still entangled in the conflict between the United States and China, the manufacturer could have opted for Windows 10 or Windows 10S (a light version of Microsoft's OS) and thus bypass some limitations.

This choice would have obliged him to integrate other components (question of compatibility), probably more expensive, and therefore to increase the final price. Perhaps he simply intends to offer an alternative to the iPad Pro and other Android tablets integrating Google services. The mystery remains unsolved. Anyway, the MatePad Pro therefore embeds Android with Huawei Mobile Services and the App Gallery , the Chinese application store that has replaced the Play Store.

Unsurprisingly, the experience is comparable to that of a P40 Pro, the brand's latest high-end smartphone. In the absence of Google services, the user will have to resort to various hacks to hope to find the majority of his applications.

Nevertheless, Huawei does a titanic job of making it easier for the general public to use it, so the experience has become simpler. Symbol of this dynamic, the Petal Search application , a search tool that scans the installed applications, the various stores (App Gallery, APK Pure, Aptoide, etc.) but also the Qwant search results to help you find a application or service.

For the moment, the result is not very intuitive compared to the competition. Especially since after their installation, a large part of the applications do not always work , or in a random manner. The next version of EMUI should erase these compatibility issues with Google services, says Huawei.

Despite everything, these limitations remain more tolerable on a tablet than on a smartphone . Indeed, we have never had great difficulty accessing the various services that we use on a daily basis. All social networks, messaging services (Slack, Messenger, Skype, etc.) and collaborative tools (Monday, Trello, etc.) are accessible. For office automation, Huawei provides WPS and ensures that the MatePad Pro is compatible with the Microsoft Office suite.

For all the applications that you cannot find, you can go through the web browser. Also I was able to access Google Doc, Sheet or Drive without any problem. Finally, only a few photo editing applications remain untraceable and / or unusable.

Designed for productivity, the MatePad Pro embeds some well-felt features. Huawei Share (already found in Huawei PCs) allows you to duplicate the screen of a smartphone (Huawei) directly on the tablet. You can then control the phone directly from the tablet (multi-screen collaboration) and even transfer files from one device to another with a simple drag and drop.

Finally, Huawei takes the concept of Samsung's DeX by integrating a PC mode. The interface then becomes an ersatz Windows with a Start menu, a taskbar and applications that open in windows. Connect a mouse via Bluetooth and you will find the sensations of PC use.

Storage, Price, and available colors.

Huawei MatePad Pro price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of the MatePad Pro with 6GB RAM and 128GB variant, it will cost you around 599.00USD on Amazon, while the 8GB RAM and 256GB variant will cost you around 642.02USD on Amazon. it supports either a SIM card or 1 SD card up to 256 GB. It is available in Gray, White, Green, and Orange colors.

Huawei will also have a host of accessories to go with the MatePad Pro. The optional keyboard cover will cost an additional 99.752USD, while the M-Pencil will cost 71.213USD

Huawei MatePad Pro:


 Security and Ports.

For security, The MatePad Pro does not come with a fingerprint sensor. It also has no support for 3D face recognition for unlocking. The MatePad Pro also supports the classical unlocking methods such as pattern and passcode. 

As of ports, the device supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling. The device comes with USB-C port, which helps in quick charing. Unfortunately, it doesn't support a 3.5mm headphone jack.
 : Huawei MatePad Pro:

Battery and charging.

Huawei MatePad Pro comprises a powerful Li-Po battery with a capacity of 7250mAh for better performance. And this tablet offers fast charging.

Huawei promises 12 hours of video playback autonomy (locally) and a full day for productivity-focused use with a dose of multimedia.

The estimates announced by Huawei prove to be correct. We were able to use the MatePad Pro as our main work machine for a day (writing, photo editing, web browsing, social media and music). We were also able to watch a one hour episode on Netflix and play Call of Duty Mobile for half an hour . If we have used the keyboard almost continuously, we have more rarely used the stylus. Also the autonomy will depend greatly on the use of these two accessories. Overall, the MatePad Pro is therefore rather enduring even if it is not among the marathon runners .

Huawei provides a 20 W fast charger even if the battery can handle 40 W. We will not flog the manufacturer for this small saving of candle since the charger supplied is efficient. Allow 30 minutes of charging to gain 3 hours of versatile use and up to 2.5 hours for a full charge.

Otherwise, Huawei equips its tablet with wireless charging (15 W), a world first. It comes with the reverse charge (7.5 W) which is very practical to give your accessories a few points of life (connected watches, headphones, etc.).


The MatePad Pro has a 13MP-wide-rear camera. it supports HDR for better photographs. Using the rear camera you can record video with 4K@30fps while, the front-facing camera is 8MP-wide, and it supports AI. you can record 1080p@30fps video quality. The photos come in warm colors. The light is good and the details are acceptable. In general, the camera does good for a tablet.

Huawei MatePad Pro:


Once again, Huawei proves that it deserves to be at the top alongside Samsung and Apple releasing the MatePad Pro. Huawei has made a concerted effort to increase the general productivity and creativity of the tablets' experience. This tablet is equipped with everything you need to have the best entertainment ever. Starting from a powerful CPU, an awesome S-Pen, sparkling audio experience and the list goes on and on.

Definitely, Huawei MatePad Pro has few negative sides. This tablet comes without Google services, but of course you can manage without them right? What about you? Does the MatePad Pro worth a try? Share your knowledge with us in the comments section below.

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