Huawei launches a pair of premium MatePad tablets running HarmonyOS
At its HarmonyOS event today, Huawei unveiled two new tablets: the Huawei MatePad Pro and MatePad 11. Both tablets are flagship offerings, packing powerful internals, a premium design, and stylus support.
Huawei MatePad Pro and MatePad 11: Specifications
|Specification||MatePad Pro (2021) – 12.6″ and 10.8″||MatePad 11|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Security||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Front Camera(s)||8MP, f/2.0||8MP, f/2.0|
|Software||HarmonyOS 2.0 (based on Android?)||HarmonyOS 2.0 (based on Android?)|
The Huawei MatePad Pro is the more powerful of the duo. The tablet’s front is covered by a 12.6-inch OLED panel or 10.8″ LCD at 2560×1600 resolution. And no, it’s not a high refresh rate panel — it maxes out at 60Hz. Under the hood, the Huawei MatePad Pro is powered by either the company’s in-house Kirin 9000E SoC or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870. The Kirin 9000E is a variant of Huawei’s latest flagship SoC, and it employs 1x Cortex-A77 core clocked at 3.13GHz, 3x Cortex-A77 cores @ 2.54GHz, and 4x Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.05GHz speed. The Kirin 9000E is the same as the Kirin 9000 but packs fewer GPU and NPU cores.
The Huawei MatePad Pro supports Huawei M-Pencil, which can be used for taking notes, drawing, and other creative use cases. The tablet can be hooked up with Huawei laptops to further expand its usability. For example, in Mirror mode it can act as a sketch pad while in Extend mode it can double as an external monitor. Huawei also offers an optional full-size keyboard folio to turn the tablet into a mini laptop. Moreover, the tablet also supports mouse and trackpad input with left and right button support.
The larger 12.6″ MatePad Pro also boasts a capable triple camera system comprising a primary, ultra-wide, and depth sensor, while the smaller model only has a single wide-angle camera. Powering all these components is a sizeable 10,050mAh battery on the larger 12.6″ model or 7250mAh battery on the smaller 10.8″ one. The battery can be charged via a 40W fast charger or a 27W wireless charger. Reverse wireless charging is also supported.
The Huawei MatePad Pro has eight powerful speakers for an immersive multimedia experience and four microphones for better video calls. On the software side of things, the MatePad Pro comes running the latest iteration of HarmonyOS 2.0 with a new tablet desktop UI optimized for large displays of tablets. The new UI looks a lot like iPadOS, especially the dock at the bottom and the new Control Panel. At the end of the day, HarmonyOS still seems to be a fork of Android, so Huawei says you should be able to run most Android apps, barring those that rely on Google Mobile Services (GMS).
Alongside the MatePad Pro, Huawei also unveiled the MatePad Pro 11, the successor to the last year’s MatePad 10. The new MatePad 11 differs from the Pro model in key areas. For one, it comes with an 11-inch 120Hz LCD instead of a 60Hz OLED and supports adaptive frame rate, TUV Rheinland certification for reduced blue light emission and flicker, and 100% coverage of DCI-P3 wide color gamut. Second, it swaps the Kirin 9000E chipset for the Snapdragon 865 SoC. And finally, it packs four speakers instead of eight. The rest of the specifications of the MatePad 11 are more or less the same as the 10.8″ Pro model.
The tablet supports Huawei M-Pencil input and can be hooked to Huawei’s Smart Magnetic Keyboard.
Pricing & Availability
Huawei has yet to reveal pricing and availability details for both tablets.