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A new Huawei MatePad Pro leak appears to confirm Kirin 990 SoC

A Huawei MatePad Pro render. (Source: Nashville Chatter)
A Huawei MatePad Pro render. (Source: Nashville Chatter)
The MatePad Pro is rumored to be the name of an upcoming tablet from Huawei. It is thought to have premium specs, including the Kirin 990 processor and 5G variants. A new Geekbench listing appears to agree with the first of these, if not the second.

Huawei is currently thought to be preparing a new tablet called the MatePad Pro for release. This slate may have high-end specs, so as to fit in with the device line it appears to be a part of. They include the same processor found in the OEM's most recent flagship phones. Like the 30 and 30 Pro, this putative larger-display counterpart is also thought to gain 5G-enabled variants.

However, the first MatePad is also rumored to have a punch-hole display, whereas its possible mobil-device siblings have notches of various sizes. The tablet's latest leak can't speak to this, as it is a set of Geekbench results for a device with a model number also linked to this putative product (MRX-AL09). This alleged new Huawei is listed as having a HiSilicon chipset, the identifiers of which match those on a listing for the LIO-AL00, or Mate 30 Pro.

Therefore, this SoC is most likely the Kirin 990 found in this top-of-the-line phone - albeit its 4G-only variant. In addition, the MRX-AL09 has 6GB of RAM, whereas its alleged final product has also been linked to 8GB. On the other hand, Huawei has also reportedly certified the MatePad Pro in additional variants - the MRX-W09, MRX-L00 and MRX-AN09 - with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Should this be the case, it is possible that at least 1 of them has more RAM.

In addition, the MRX-AN09 is also now slated as a 5G device. This is based on observations that Huawei has been putting the letter N into model numbers associated with this connectivity: for example, LIO-AN00 corresponds to the 5G version of the Mate 30 Pro.

In any case, those interested in the apparent 6GB version of the MatePad Pro should have no worries about its performance: its Geekbench scores compete well with those of the LIO-AL00 with 8GB of RAM. In addition, the newer device is also described as running Android 10.

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The first MRX-AL09 entry on Geekbench 4. (Source: NashvilleChatter)
The first MRX-AL09 entry on Geekbench 4. (Source: NashvilleChatter)
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-11-19 (Update: 2019-11-19)