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An alleged Huawei MatePad 2 Pro surfaces on Geekbench ahead of its launch

The MatePad Pro. (Source: Huawei)
The MatePad Pro. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei is projected to launch a second-generation MatePad Pro premium slate in June 2021. A device with what might be its model number has just shown up on Geekbench, possibly revealing its specs ahead of its launch. Interestingly, a second Huawei device that has appeared alongside it has what seems to be a Snapdragon 888 SoC and 8GB of RAM.

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Huawei is slated to launch a new top-end tablet called the MatePad Pro 2 soon. It is expected to run on the same Kirin 9000 SoC as phones such as those of the Mate 40 series, and may also feature high-quality displays in 2 sizes (12.2- and 12.6-inch) with 120Hz refresh rates. According to a new leak on Geekbench 5, it may also have at least 1 SKU with 8GB of RAM.

This, at least, is the impression given by a new listing for a device calling itself the Huawei NOH-NX9 on the benchmark's site. Its processor is detected as a HiSilicon platform with the 9000's per-core specs.

Its OS is reported as being Android 10, even though the second-gen MatePad flagship is said to ship with HarmonyOS out of the box. Then again, the "new" software is said to be heavily based on the AOSP build of a matching major OS version.

This might hold true for a second mystery device from Huawei also recently discovered on Geekbench. This WGR-W09 has the same specs as the "MatePad Pro 2" - except for its chipset, which, interestingly enough, seems to be the Snapdragon 888.

That detail might make the new entry look fake in light of the fact Huawei is banned from working with US suppliers, Qualcomm included, to make its products. On the other hand, the new leak does dovetail with reports that the OEM is in fact allowed to buy SoCs from the chipmaker again - albeit those of a non-5G nature only.

Accordingly, this putative second pre-release tablet is now believed to be called the MatePad 2, and to be based on a 4G/LTE-only version of the 888. It is not predicted to debut in July 2021, rather than alongside the Pro 2 on June 2 of this year.

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Two new devices allegedly from Huawei show up on Geekbench. (Source: Geekbench)
Two new devices allegedly from Huawei show up on Geekbench. (Source: Geekbench)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-24 (Update: 2021-05-24)