Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, fixed focus; video resolution up to 1920x1080@30fps
Average of 20 scores (from 40 reviews)
Reviews for the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
The 32-centimeter Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 tablet is one of the largest Android tablets. The performance is also top, because the OLED tablet competes directly with heavyweights like the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 Plus with its high-end HiSilicon Kirin 9000E SoC. However, Google apps are not installed.
Source: Root Nation
Huawei knows a lot about tablets. The manufacturer has created a cool top-of-the-line device. It is almost perfect. It has a gorgeous large OLED screen with a frequency of 120 Hz, which displays a juicy picture. And the power reserve of the device is impressive. During the entire time of use, the tablet has never failed in any of the tasks. And there were no problems with application compatibility. Except with account identification. The new OS works very quickly. And how this novelty, with an advanced eight-speaker system, sounds: clear and loud. I didn’t turn on my speakers even once during the test. A nice bonus is reverse charging, which transforms Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2022) into a mat for recharging gadgets. And the autonomy of the tablet did not disappoint. The price is a bit high, but this fact should be taken for granted. If you want a top-end device, you need to be prepared. The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 with its ultimate functionality and performance to date is very close to the ideal, if it exists at all. This is definitely a successful tablet with a developed ecosystem. Supplemented with accessories, it can easily replace a laptop, becoming a powerful tool for work and entertainment. Recommended.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 80% display: 100% workmanship: 100%
Source: Phone Arena
The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 was released earlier this summer as the company’s most premium tablet. With HarmonyOS, this device is the first Huawei tablet to debut with the software out of the box. This tablet has nice build quality and an amazing display. It’s battery life is among the best too. But it’s software is full of shortcomings, which makes it hard to recommend to anyone outside China. Its display is nice but it only has a 60Hz refresh rate, and the tablet’s camera system disappoints.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/09/2021
Rating: Total score: 74%
Source: Stuff TV
The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a killer tablet if you just look at the hardware, with speakers that show how much of a difference genuinely decent audio can make for mobile gaming and movie-streaming. Its screen is great and battery life is long. However, it’s impossible to ignore that the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 feels a bit like what you’d get if Amazon decided to make a really, really expensive Fire HD tablet. Huawei and Amazon tablets don’t get the Google Play app store, and that means access to games and apps is severely limited. You can only get around this so much by side-loading apps, itself a security risk, so bear that in mind before deciding the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a better deal than an iPad Pro 12.9 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/12/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Android Authority
The Huawei MatePad Pro (2021) is a slick piece of hardware that certainly stands out as one of the more capable tablets around. With blazing-fast processing, a crisp vibrant display, and a decent stylus, the core package offers everything you’d want and helps to justify the price tag. Despite app procurement still being a mess, Huawei seems more eager to push its multimedia ecosystem front and center to better compete with the likes of Apple, Google, and Samsung. But at the moment, the services have neither the content nor the refinement to command premium subscription prices. The company also seems to think users like to be bombarded with notifications, emails, and texts from its advertising partners. Huawei might want the ad money, but this has the adverse effect of cheapening its tablet experience and interfering with the core usability of its apps.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2021
Now you’d most likely consider a Pro tablet like this as an alternative for a laptop, and it can do so even without a Desktop Mode available. Just be ready to consider using other office apps that aren’t Google to be more efficient. So yes, if you highly rely on Google apps, then I don’t really recommend this one unless you’re willing to adapt. It has a more reasonable price for its specs than Apple’s iPad Pro; however, it still falls down to the lack of Google Mobile Services. This would’ve been the best Android tablet yet. But we’ll never know with Huawei, the development of HarmonyOS was a big step, and who knows what further improvements they can make.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2021
Source: Android Central
Considering the MatePad's relatively high price in markets outside of China, that's going to make it a tough sell for a lot of people. Huawei is asking for iPad money, without anything close to what Apple's tablet ecosystem can offer. It's early days for HarmonyOS, and there are some promising signs in what Huawei has managed to build here. But unless you've already fully bought into the Huawei world across all of your devices.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Expert Reviews
It should come as no surprise that my final verdict on the Huawei MatePad Pro (2021) is pretty much the same as any other Huawei device I’ve reviewed over the last couple of years. The United States’ foreign policy isn’t Huawei’s fault, of course, but the consequence is still the same. No matter how great the hardware is, the lack of Google Play means it remains an infuriatingly tough sell outside of China. Sure the price is tempting and it’s absolutely up to snuff in every other area but the MatePad Pro’s current software will leave you wanting more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/29/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 06/25/2021
Our review for the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 in the Philippines shows that it’s a great tablet on its own, though many of the enhancements that HarmonyOS bring give it that extra push especially on the multitasking front. It’s a powerful tablet that has a great screen, though it still has the same familiar problems that plagued their earlier devices. Even though Huawei contends the tablet uses a brand new OS, it still relies on Android apps to do anything useful, and like before if your workflow relies on any app that uses GMS, you should steer clear. This is a shame – the hardware on offer in the MatePad Pro 12.6 is incredibly compelling. Though if you’re willing to put in the work to find equivalents or replacements to the stuff you use on Huawei’s AppGallery and Petal Search Engine, the result is that you get to enjoy one of the best tablets available in the market today. At least, if you have the money for it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2021
The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) truly is a marvel. Anyone who needs a tablet for anything creative would, and should, be desperate to get their hands on one. Unfortunately though, because it runs on Harmony OS 2, you’re very limited in which apps you can download from the Huawei AppGallery. So for a lot of people, it just won’t be right.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Tech Nave
Some people favour proper desktop PCs, while others prefer laptops for doing their work. Of course, this depends on a person's requirements and preference. But you don't actually need a Windows or Mac computer to do your work these days. A tablet is just as capable and more portable! Having said that, what tablet should you get to get that would benefit you the most? In cases like this, you'll probably want a flagship model like the HUAWEI MatePad Pro. Not only does it offer powerful hardware but it also has useful features. This time around, we want to discuss 4 ways powerful flagship tablets like the HUAWEI MatePad Pro can boost your productivity.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2021
Source: Hitech Century
The MatePad Pro 12.6 represents a return to form for Huawei. The excellent display and speakers, smooth performance and polished interface make the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 a surprisingly worthy contender, more so for its sub-RM4,000 price tag inclusive of its Smart Magnetic Keyboard and M-Pencil stylus. Short of highly specialised applications or a very Google-centric workload, the MatePad Pro 12.6 is able to meet the needs of most mainstream users in Malaysia, made more so by its surprisingly decent price tag for a premium tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2021
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: GSM Arena
The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is one easily likable tablet for its attractive design, great OLED screen, fast performance, powerful speakers, incredible battery life and capable HarmonyOS. Huawei is definitely on the right track with the Android-based operating system and has spruced it up with enough features to make it tablet-worthy. M-Pencil works great, too, and if you like drawing, you'll like it how it's done on the MatePad Pro.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/09/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
As much as we enjoy Huawei's HarmonyOS software for getting work done, the MatePad Pro's 12.6-inch display and versatility of the added stylus and keyboard, there are a couple of things that'll likely stop people from buying one compared to an Apple iPad. First: it's not readily available at time of writing, so you can't actually buy it. Second: being based on Android means you don't get the same level of apps that an iPad enjoys. Add to that the fact that Huawei's AppGallery still lacks a lot of popular games, and it limits the experience somewhat. However, if what you're after is a tablet to help you get work done, and you're an Office 365 user, or don't mind going down the APK route to install apps like Paper by Dropbox or Slack, then the usability and flexibility of this Huawei tablet as a work machine might just make the compromises worth it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/07/2021
At the accessory level, the touch keyboard and stylus have completed another round of iterations, which makes Huawei the only manufacturer in the tablet market that is still confronting Apple head-on. At present, I believe everyone has heard about the difficulties that Huawei has encountered in recent years from the external environment. Under such a predicament, Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6-inch is still able to achieve more powerful technology and functions than before. HarmonyOS has begun to take shape. Both software and hardware are presented to users with a very high degree of completion, which is very valuable.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/04/2021
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 review & unboxing. Also the Smart Magnetic Keyboard & new M-Pencil stylus. OLED 12.6" screen, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, Wifi 6 and GPS all powered by the Kirin 9000E and HarmonyOS 2.0.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/02/2021
Huawei has been smart. It’s recognized Android tablets suffer from poor, phone-optimized interfaces that pale when compared to iPadOS. So while the MatePad Pro can’t compete on app support, with some inspired (by Apple and Microsoft) enhancements that transform the Android tab experience, it does something great. Use it more like a Chromebook-style browser-focused device rather than a traditional Android tablet (manageable, given its big screen), and this could be the first Huawei device running Android in over a year that isn't crippled by the app experience.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/01/2021
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/31/2022
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 800% features: 700% display: 90%
Source: Computerbase DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/29/2021
Source: Huawei Blog DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/10/2021
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 75% performance: 100% display: 95% mobility: 95% workmanship: 95%
Source: Computerhoy ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/16/2022
Rating: Total score: 87% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 10% workmanship: 90%
Source: Andrea Galeazzi IT→EN
Positive: Nice display; good hardware; great speakers; attractive price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/23/2021
Source: Tutto Android IT→EN
Positive: Big screen; powerful hardware; high performance; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/03/2021
Source: Quotidiano Hardware Upgrade IT→EN
Positive: Excellent display; powerful hardware; great speakers; nice cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/02/2021
Source: Le monde numerique FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2023
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% workmanship: 100%
Source: CNet France FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/23/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/29/2022
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Telepolis PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/26/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: GSM Maniak PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/25/2022
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 100%
Source: Android.com.pl PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2022
Rating: Total score: 85% display: 90% mobility: 70%
Source: Komputerswiat PL→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; nice display; powerful processor; high performance; long battery life; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2022
Source: Antyweb PL→EN
Positive: Great display; fantastic speakers; high performance; premium design. Negative: Missing Google services; many bloatwares.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2022
Source: Log.com.tr TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/05/2022
Rating: Total score: 88%
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; great built quality; bright display; high performance; nice cameras; decent autonomy. Negative: No LTE module.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/19/2023
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Excellent speakers; quick and wireless charging; nice display; good price. Negative: Missing Google services.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2022
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Great built quality; powerful hardware; high performance; excellent speakers; long battery life. Negative: No SIM card slot; poor selfie camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/03/2021
Source: Yamobi RU→EN
Positive: Large screen; nice display; solid workmanship; great speakers; fast system; smart stylus pen; good ergnonomics; long battery life. Negative: Unsupported Google services; no headphone jack; rare type of memory card (NM).
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/30/2021
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Excellent AMOLED display; long battery life; beautiful design. Negative: Plastic case.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/07/2021
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Big screen; nice display; powerful processor; quick charging; excellent speakers.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/02/2021
The 32 cm Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 tablet is one of the largest Android tablets. Its performance is also top-notch, because this OLED tablet directly competes with heavyweight products such as Apple iPad Pro 12.9 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and its high-end HiSilicon Kirin 9000E SoC. Although Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 has a nearly 13-inch screen, it is very slim. The OLED screen is surrounded by a narrow border of only 5.6 mm (about 0.22 inches) on each side. This not only looks very unique, but also makes Huawei's screen-to-body ratio reach 90%. The tablet weighs 609 grams (approximately 22 ounces), which is still relatively light and can be held well, especially due to its thin chassis of only 6.7 mm (approximately 0.26 inches).
The back design of this tablet is simple and clear. The Huawei logo is printed in the center, and the small camera unit in the upper right corner of the back cover looks very small. Huawei's MatePad Pro 12.6 provides 256GB of storage space, of which about 234GB is free in the factory state. The storage space can be expanded by a NM card that can hold 256GB. The second physical interface of this tablet is the USB-C port (USB-C 3.2 Gen.1). It can be used as an audio interface through the included 3.5mm jack adapter, and can also be connected to peripheral devices through its OTG support. Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 runs HarmonyOS, which is based on Android 10. HarmonyOS has no Google services at all and can only be used through a browser. Since Google Play is gone, Huawei organizes the supply of applications in two other ways. First of all, through AppGallery, users can download several common applications, but it is clearly aimed at the Chinese market.
The second component of the application supply is Petal Search, an integrated application search engine. It searches the official website and application libraries such as ApkVision, Aptoide, APKMonk and APKpure, so there is a great chance of finding the desired application. However, from a security perspective, this is not the best choice, as most applications must be found from third-party sources. The triple camera of Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 includes a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and autofocus, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a fixed focal length and a 120° field of view. The third component is a 3D camera with depth detection function. There is an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front that can take decent photos and record videos up to 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. The OLED display of Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 has a refresh rate of 60 Hz and provides high image clarity with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.
Huawei equipped its tablet with a 40-watt power adapter, a USB cable (Type A to Type C), a SIM card tool, a 3.5 mm jack adapter for the USB-C port, and a quick start guide And a booklet with warranty information. Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 does not support mobile communications and NFC. Its only communication channels are Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6, including 4x4 MIMO. In conclusion, the Huawei MatePad 12.9 is a tablet with high performing hardwares and beautiful exterior design. However, it has no Google Mobile Services, which might be a let down for many users.
ARM Mali-G78 MP22: Integrated graphics card based on the 2nd generation of the Valhall architecture. Uses 22 of the 24 possible clusters. The Mali-G78MP22 is one of the fastest mobile GPUs for Android based phones in 2020.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Kirin 9000E: ARM based octa-core SoC with one fast Cortex-A77 core with up to 3.1 GHz, three performance A77 cores at up to 2.5 GHz, and four efficiency Cortex-A55 cores with up to 2 GHz. Integrates a fast Mali-G78 MP22 GPU, a 5G modem and WiFi 6. The performance is in the high end class of Android based SoCs.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This range of display format is largely the upper limit for tablets and the lower limit for subnotebooks.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small in size and therefore easily portable. The tiny display has the added advantage of requiring little power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions, which one is used to from a standard laptop, are almost not usable.
The same applies to tablets in this size range.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. is a Chinese telecommunications company and hardware manufacturer founded in 1987 and headquartered in Shenzhen. Huawei is a global leader in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. Huawei provides end-to-end solutions for telecommunications networks, devices, and smartphones, as well as storage, servers, networking, and cloud computing enterprise solutions and products.
In 2014, Huawei established the Honor subsidiary brand under which certain smartphone lines are sold. The Huawei name is usually not listed for these products.
78.44%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.