With high-end hardware and great features associated with its software, in addition to digital pen, can Huawei compete in tablet market with Apple’s iPad Pro? We tell you everything new about MatePad Pro 5G. We already know Huawei’s new MatePad Pro 5G, a device that has been presented along with rest of brand’s news, such as foldable Huawei Mate Xs , or MateBook X Pro laptop .
Although, in its previous generation, MediaPad was a mid-range tablet , with this new launch Huawei takes a giant step to offer a superior user experience and performance that elevates it to high range associated with Mate phones and laptops. It has its merit to see how a traditional manufacturer of Android devices,
Very focused on smartphones , makes its way into both premium laptops and manufacture of competitive tablets , an area that until now has been dominated by Samsung and Apple. That said, we wonder if Huawei has done enough to be able to compete with tablet most desired by creatives and artists, which is none other than popular iPad Pro range. Let’s see.
High-end hardware Huawei matepad pro
Once you have it in hand, MatePad Pro 5G presents a light and elegant design, with a magnesium alloy frame with matte finishes that offers resistance to possible drops or bumps and that facilitates grip during handling.
To give you an idea, thickness of bezels is 4.9 mm compared to 8.3 mm that you will find in entire range of current iPad Pro. There is also a perforated camera in upper right corner of screen, something new in an Android tablet and also iOS.
IFnclusion of 5G connectivity implies important changes in its design, but very well resolved by Huawei. It has 22 antennas built into its interior, all located within frame, with a frankly clean appearance in its design. Tablet offers a 10.8-inch screen diagonal with practically non-existent bezels, in addition to a screen-to-body ratio that reaches 90% of its surface, something that is impressive compared to other solutions from competition.
Display panel Huawei matepad pro
Display panel is OLED and has a so-called WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels with support for DCI-P3 cinematic color, which is what Huawei calls ‘cinema-quality color on your tablet ‘. You will appreciate that MatePad Pro 5G is backed by a four-speaker setup, tuned by H&K and a wide-width speaker with which it is possible to guarantee a great listening experience.
Inside and at specification level, it contemplates a Kirin 990 5G chip together with a Da-Vinci NPU that enhances artificial intelligence experiences, and accompanied in graphics area of Mali G76 GPU to face execution of high-end games and productivity applications.
It is same chip that current Mate 30 Pro carry, as well as Mate Xs, so you can expect an enviable performance within what are current tablets. Add a keyboard to MatePad Pro and you will see that you have a device to create content.
Series of reasons that we can well compare MatePad Pro with current iPad Pro
It is for this series of reasons that we can well compare MatePad Pro with current iPad Pro, as long as you accompany it with suitable accessories. You will find that Huawei has for this a keyboard as a cover and that it charges wirelessly.
Something similar happens with M-Pencil, digital pen that you can use together with tablet and that will allow you to draw in a similar way as you would with a Surface Pro. sleeve allows you to place laptop in form of a lectern.
Much software but no Google Play Store Huawei matepad pro
MatePad Pro 5G runs an open source version of Android 10 in addition to usual EMUI 10 customization layer in Huawei’s products. highlight here is app that Huawei calls App Multiplier that allows vertical or horizontal orientation of countless applications.
And is that many of Android applications do not take advantage of horizontal orientation offered by tablets because most people use applications of smartphones with vertical orientation. Although it seems that at moment there are few applications that take advantage of this new technology of modes of use, around 1000, from Huawei say that developers are now adopting it in a massive way.
Screen mirror Huawei matepad pro
There is also option to mirror screen of your Huawei smartphone on this tablet , which allows you to respond to text messages, access specific applications for smartphone and more without having to pick up smartphone . We also liked Multi-Window functionality, a feature similar to that of iPad that allows users to run two applications simultaneously, side by side, dynamically resizing slice.
Now, we cannot ignore that MatePad Pro 5G suffers from same problem as other Huawei devices at moment; there is no access to Google Play. You can download apps through Huawei’s AppGallery, but it falls short of Google’s option. Silver lining is that you can install Amazon App Store via APK without following guides or using shady software , providing access to a handful of popular apps like Facebook or Instagram.
Thus, in absence of being able to test this new product, we have to say that you will not find productivity applications that are present in iPad Pro, such as Photoshop, Word, or iMovie among many others. This severely limits functionality of MatePad Pro 5G in what we imagine could be a typical work environment that goes beyond web browsing, email management, or social media handling.
Another alternative could have been that Huawei chose to include Windows 10 operating system instead of Google’s Android, in order to access Windows ecosystem, but this is something that only Huawei can answer. In meantime, you might be interested in checking out article on best tablets of , a list that this MediaPad Pro 5G can probably access once we’ve put it to test by our experts.