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
  Specifications
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
sAMOLED
2560×1600
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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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Talk about aggression and projection, sheesh. Calm down and take a deep breath before a) making assumptions about age groups like the 10-12 year old range and b) randomly attacking by using Ryan as a conduit to add what you feel might be legitimacy to your name calling. I did not mention tweens and the credibility piggybacking attempt is pretty poorly veiled, so much so that I suspect you didn't even realize that was what you were doing as it seems almost a subconscious act. Reply
  • JeffFlanagan - Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - link

    It is unfortunate. I'd think it's a camera that could be used with Skype, so there's a use for it that could justify the hole in the screen, when narcissism alone would be a really bad reason to mar the screen. Reply
  • Ithaqua - Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - link

    I hereby officially give Ryan the power to change name of things (at least on Anandtech).

    "Selfie Cam" is now "Skype Cam" or whatever he wants to call it in his articles.
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  • Ithaqua - Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - link

    change the name of things*

    Seriously, we need an edit feature.
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    I don't see what adverse impact it would have on your access to hardware if your writers were granted the authority to make minor changes to terminology that would improve the overall quality.

    In any event, that change was made in the specifications table on the front page of the article where the front camera was named as such so it seems as though there already is no trouble in taking a liberty with the term selfie camera and that's inconsistent with your stated lack of choice -- all within opening page.
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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Right, single page article. Anyway you get the point. It's odd to claim you have no choice when choice was exerted. And the fact that you are saying you don't have a choice to make the change calls into question the independent nature of journalism on this site. Why can't you make changes? Who is micromanaging to that degree and what other things are the editor and writers gagged into stating? Readers make purchase decisions based on these articles and it is a concern if there is that degree of control preventing a writer from...well...writing. Reply
  • kirsch - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    As a happy owner of an iPad Pro, I must say having an AMOLED screen sounds wonderful. Reply
  • Sttm - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link

    It is, much like it is on a phone. Which was why I was expecting them to move the iPads to AMOLED after the iPhone X came out. Apple understands its better, yet doesn't use it for tablets, weird. Reply
  • Smell This - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - link


    Too massive _ even at 10-inch (and a pound+) folks kicked-back at leisure (with little teenie hands) might mind it a bit unwieldy after 10 minutes or so ...
    Reply
  • 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.
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