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HUAWEI MatePad Pro Unboxing and Hands-On

by Vyncent ChanApril 2, 2020
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HUAWEI is probably better known for their smartphones, and more recently for their laptops. While that may be the case, they do make tablets, and they just recently launched the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, their flagship tablet that offers improved productivity-oriented features, among other magnificent features. But first, check out our HUAWEI MatePad Pro unboxing video.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Unboxing

Our unit comes in a premium Midnight Grey, which is bluer than you might expect a color option dubbed “grey” would be.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Specs

CPU Kirin 990 (2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.09 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 @ 1.86 GHz), 7nm FinFET
GPU Mali-G76MP16 @ 700 MHz
RAM 8GB LPDDR4x
Display 10.8″ 2K+ (2560 x 1600) LCD Display, DCI-P3 gamut support
Storage 256GB
Camera Main Camera(s)
13MP f/1.8
4K video, LED flash
Front Camera
8MP f/2.0
1080p video
OS EMUI 10.0.1 based on Android 10
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n/ac up to 1.73 Gbps (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.1
USB 3.0 over Type-C
OTG (up to 5V/1.5A reverse power supply)
GPS, Galileo, QZSS
SIM Single SIM
Battery 7250 mAh (non-removable)
20W fast charging (included), supports 40W SuperCharge
15W wireless charging
7.5W Reverse Wireless Charging
Dimensions 159.9 x 256 x 7.2 mm
Weight 460g
Ingress protection N/A

A great screen with good accessories

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As mentioned earlier, HUAWEI designed the HUAWEI MatePad Pro for productivity, and as such, they also made an accompanying keyboard cover as well as the HUAWEI M-Pencil. Yes, it’s not the old M-Pen, this is new. On the software side, there’s the Desktop mode which is what you are looking at in the image above. It turns the HUAWEI MatePad Pro into a mini-laptop of sorts, complete with a Start menu. It works fine although you can see websites like our own here looking a little cramped on the 10.8″ display.

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When used for entertainment, you will find the high resolution screen really nice to look at. This is one of the better tablet displays I have seen. The audio is also excellent thanks to four speakers on the side. It definitely sounds as loud as a good laptop should, while sound rather decent too.

If you use it to type out stuff on the smart magnetic keyboard, you might find that the flatness of the keyboard might not be as convenient to type on as a desktop keyboard. The size of keys like Backspace are also non-standard, which might make it quite frustrating if you are coming from a desktop to work on the HUAWEI MatePad Pro.

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The M-pencil is a nice accompanying accessory, with it supporting up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. While I am definitely not an artist by any measure, I did find that writing and drawing on the screen to be relatively natural, with the tip of the M-pencil gliding smoothly across the display unlike your average stylus.

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It’s an active stylus though, so you will need to recharge it. With that said, it attaches magnetically to the top of the tablet to recharge wirelessly, and HUAWEI claims a 30-second charge is sufficient for 10 minutes of use, which is really quite good. And since it attaches magnetically, it’s also the logical place to stow it away, ensuring that the M-pencil is always charged when you need to use it.

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And speaking of charging, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro supports wireless charging and 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge although a 20W fast charger comes in the box. It can also perform reverse charging, with a wire and also wirelessly. The output is similar at 7.5W, so you can give your phone a quick recharge if it’s running low.

Worth the moolah?

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We definitely need more time to test the HUAWEI MatePad Pro more extensively, but the HUAWEI MatePad Pro definitely seems like a pretty decent deal. It has all the trappings of a flagship tablet, and I do enjoy using the high-res screen and quad-speaker during my short time with it. For RM2399, HUAWEI will also be throwing in the M-pencil and the HUAWEI MatePad Keyboard as part of the freebie bundle, which makes it an even more enticing deal if one is looking for an Android tablet. Meanwhile, if you are still on the fence, stay tuned for our full review of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro!

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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