Huawei MatePad Pro released with HarmonyOS
Huawei has commenced the sales of its flagship MatePad Pro tablet in Germany. The MatePad Pro is a direct competitor to the iPad Pro, its spec sheet suggests that it requires some key characteristics to take on Apple's tablet. Some specs are missing and even the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ outshines it in some places. The main problem, however, is that the Huawei MatePad Pro does not ship with the Google Play Store. Instead, it runs HarmonyOS 2.0 out of the box, meaning that you'll have to rely on Huawei's AppGallery to get your fix of apps.
The Huawei MatePad Pro ships with a 12.6-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and typical brightness of 400 nits. It is HDR10 certified and covers 100% of the DCI-P3 and NTSC colour gamut. However, Huawei has opted to set its refresh rate at 60Hz. The Huawei MatePad Pro's comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 9000E chipset. The tablet ships with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which can be further expanded using Huawei's proprietary memory cards. Lastly, a 10,000mAh battery powers the Huawei MatePad Pro. Huawei gives us a 40W charger in the box. But it unclear if the tablet will support higher wattages.
Huawei has kept the MatePad Pro's camera subsystem quite simple. At the back, you get a 13MP primary sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens. An 8MP module handle selfies and video calls. Wireless connectivity options include 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi-6, Bluetooth 5.2, and GPS. Cellular connectivity is not included, unfortunately. Lastly, the Huawei MatePad Pro has eight speakers, four microphones, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Huawei MatePad Pro will be available for purchase in Germany starting at EUR 799 on June 13. Huawei hasn't announced the global availability of this device yet. However, stocks could be severely limited due to the general paucity of Kirin 9000 chips.