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Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 Tablet review: High-end tablet without Google

Top hardware and software gaps. 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.
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Large Android tablets are few and far between. Therefore, it is all the more pleasing that Huawei has taken on this topic with the MatePad Pro 12.6 and created a high-end device.

The Huawei tablet has a screen size of 12.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest Android tablets ever. Its HDR10-compatible display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and relies on a high-contrast OLED panel.

The MatePad Pro 12.6 is powered by the eight-core SoC HiSilicon Kirin 9000E and can rely on 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The price is around 800 Euros (~$928). There is no mobile option or other storage configurations. Nevertheless, the MatePad Pro 12.6 aims at high-end rivals like the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus.

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (MatePad Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 9000E 8 x 2.1 - 3.1 GHz, Cortex-A77/-A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
12.60 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 240 PPI, capacitive, OLED, WQXGA, 16.7 M. colors, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 234 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C (by Headset adapter), Card Reader: NM Card up to 256 GB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscape, Brightness, Hall, Compass, DRM Widevine L1, 4x4 MIMO, 27W wireless charging, 10W wireless reverse charging, Camera2 API: Limited
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.7 x 286.5 x 184.7 ( = 0.26 x 11.28 x 7.27 in)
Battery
10050 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Huawei HarmonyOS
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/1.8, Autofocus) + 8MP (f/2.4, fixed focus, FOV 120°) + TOF 3D; LED Flash; video resolution up to 38[email protected]
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, fixed focus; video resolution up to [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo (8 speakers), Keyboard: Virtual, 40W charger, USB cable, SIM Tool, USB-C Audio adapter, Quick start guide, Warranty information, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
609 g ( = 21.48 oz / 1.34 pounds), Power Supply: 96 g ( = 3.39 oz / 0.21 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.5 %
10/2021
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Kirin 9000E, Mali-G78 MP22
609 g6.7 mm12.60"2560x1600
91.1 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048
88.4 %
08/2020
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Kirin 990, Mali-G76 MP16
460 g7.2 mm10.80"2560x1600
85.9 %
04/2021
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
SD 730G, Adreno 618
485 g5.8 mm11.50"2560x1600
87.8 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
575 g5.7 mm12.40"2800x1752

Case - 5.6 millimeters thin and still very stable

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is slim despite its almost 13-inch screen. The OLED screen is framed by a narrow bezel of only 5.6 millimeters (~0.22 in) on each side. This not only looks pretty chic, but also gives the Huawei a strong screen-to-body ratio of 90%.

The thin metal frame does not come at the expense of stability. The MatePad Pro 12.6 is excellently manufactured, feels high quality and can hardly be twisted even with greater force. At 609 grams (~22 oz), the tablet is still relatively light and can be held well, especially due to its only 6.7 millimeter (~0.26 in) thin chassis.

The tablet's back is soberly designed. The Huawei logo is emblazoned in the center, while the small camera unit in the upper right corner of the back cover looks downright tiny. Visually, it strongly reminds of the camera humps of Huawei's P40 series and is equipped with a 13 MP triple camera that is almost lavish for tablet standards.

The power button and volume rocker are placed "around the corner", the former on the short side opposite the camera, the volume rocker on the upper long side. Huawei offers its XXL tablet in the case color "Matte Grey" like our review sample. An Olive Green variant with a vegan leather cover is also available.

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Size comparison

286.5 mm / 11.3 inch 184.7 mm / 7.27 inch 6.7 mm / 0.2638 inch 609 g1.343 lbs285 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 575 g1.268 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 682 g1.504 lbs264.28 mm / 10.4 inch 171.4 mm / 6.75 inch 5.8 mm / 0.2283 inch 485 g1.069 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 460 g1.014 lbs

Features - 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage, expandable via NM card

Huawei's MatePad Pro 12.6 offers 256 GB of storage, of which around 234 GB are free in its factory state. The storage can be expanded via an NM card that can hold up to 256 GB.

The second physical interface on the tablet is the USB-C port (USB-C 3.2 Gen.1). It can be used as an audio interface via the included 3.5 mm jack adapter and also allows connecting peripherals via its OTG support. Although Google services are absent from Huawei's tablet, it supports DRM Widevine L1 and can thus also play back streams in HD quality.

left: Loudspeaker
left: Loudspeaker
right: Speaker, USB-C 3.2 Gen.1
right: Speaker, USB-C 3.2 Gen.1
Head side: Power button
Head side: Power button
Foot side: NM slot
Foot side: NM slot

microSD card reader

With just under 85 MByte/s for reading and values of just under 60 MByte/s for writing, the sequential data transfers of the NM card reader are on par with a good microSD card. The copy speed is really good, because it is clearly better than in tablets with a microSD slot, such as the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Huawei NanoMemory)
67.42 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
24.4 MB/s ∼36% -64%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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; Sequential write; Huawei NanoMemory: Ø55.9 (33.1-76.5)
; Sequential read; Huawei NanoMemory: Ø84.2 (49.3-108)

Software - HarmonyOS 2.0 without Google services

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 runs HarmonyOS, which is based on Android 10. Not much has changed visually or in terms of operation compared with a standard Android. However, a few special features have been added.

Up to 8 apps can be stored in an app dock at the bottom of the screen, for example, the most frequently used ones. In addition, there is a field on the right that displays the three most recently used apps that are not stored in the app dock. There is also a mouse-over function for the app dock that displays the respective app in a small preview window. However, it only worked with the optional Huawei Pen in the test.

Unlike a standard Android, HarmonyOS has separate fields for notifications and the control panel. The home screen can also be customized via widgets that are primarily designed for repeated use. For example, a browser search field or the documents of the preinstalled WPS Office are displayed on the home screen.

Due to the US embargo, HarmonyOS is completely without Google services, which can only be used via the browser. Since Google Play is also missing, Huawei organizes the app supply via two other ways: First, via the AppGallery, where several common apps can be downloaded, but it is also obviously aimed at the Chinese market.

The second component for the app supply is Petal Search, an integrated app search engine. It searches official sites as well as app repositories like ApkVision, Aptoide, APKMonk and APKpure, so the chances of finding the desired app are good. However, this is not optimal from a security point of view because most apps have to be found from third-party sources.

Communication and GNSS - Very fast WiFi 6

The 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 return, the tablet is very fast on Wi-Fi. In combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the MatePad Pro 12.6 is clearly superior to the competition and transmits data very stably.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1750 (878min - 1870max) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
873 (750min - 946max) MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
722 (678min - 737max) MBit/s ∼41% -59%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
645 (630min - 659max) MBit/s ∼37% -63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
612 (243min - 690max) MBit/s ∼35% -65%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1250 (1126min - 1368max) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1065 (1022min - 1104max) MBit/s ∼85% -15%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
780 (699min - 882max) MBit/s ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
629 (284min - 753max) MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
555 (508min - 597max) MBit/s ∼44% -56%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1249 (1126-1368)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1721 (878-1870)
GPS reception in the building
GPS reception in the building
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception outdoors

Besides GPS, the Huawei tablet also uses GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, and QZSS to determine its current position, so there should not be any navigation problems. However, the tablet cannot really get along with the GPS Test app, which we use by default for stationary positioning indoors and outdoors, because it crashes shortly after launch. However, the satellites found so far are interestingly preserved after a restart, so we at least get a quite precise positioning outdoors.

In the practical test, a 10-kilometer (~6.2 mi) bike tour, the MatePad Pro 12.6 works much more reliably and delivers a pleasing result: The tablet records the route almost as accurately as the Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation device.

GPS test: summary
GPS test: summary
GPS test: Lake circumnavigation
GPS test: Lake circumnavigation
GPS test: Turning point
GPS test: Turning point

Cameras - triple camera with not too exhilarating image quality

Shooting with the main camera
Shooting with the main camera

The triple camera of the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 consists of the 13 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture and autofocus as well as an 8 MP wide-angle camera with fixed focus and 120° field of view. The third component is a 3D camera with depth detection. On the front sits an 8 MP selfie camera that takes decent pictures and records videos with up to 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps.

The pictures taken with the main camera are respectable for the tablet range, but still not quite what you might hope for from an 800-Euro (~$928) device. If the lighting conditions are right, the MatePad Pro 12.6 takes good pictures with a natural color reproduction. However, the camera does not always select the right white balance and color temperature, so it sometimes takes several attempts to get a good picture.

The wide-angle camera does not deliver good picture quality because its pictures always look blurry and thus soft. The tablet is definitely not suitable for night shots because objects can only be recognized dimly in low-light scenarios. The tablet can record videos with up to 3840 x 2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. The color reproduction is also good here, but the videos are a bit shaky due to the lack of optical image stabilization.

Shooting with the selfie camera
Shooting with the selfie camera
Shooting with the main camera
Shooting with the main camera
Shooting with the main camera (wide angle)
Shooting with the main camera (wide angle)
Shooting with the main camera
Shooting with the main camera

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Daylight scene 1Daylight scene 2Ultra wide-angle5x ZoomLowlight exposure

Under controlled lighting conditions, the MatePad Pro 12.6 reproduces colors largely true to life when the conditions are ideal (upper color chart). However, it throws all precision overboard in low-light conditions (lower color chart at 1 lux). Even the test chart, which is otherwise sharp, is no longer visible.

ColorChecker
4.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
7 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
2 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021: 4.93 ∆E min: 1.36 - max: 8.59 ∆E
ColorChecker
30 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
62 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
29.8 ∆E
47.4 ∆E
37.7 ∆E
76.4 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
41.6 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021: 46.99 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 93.71 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - 40-watt power supply included

The optional Huawei M-Pencil
The optional Huawei M-Pencil
The included 40-watt power supply unit
The included 40-watt power supply unit

Huawei equips its tablet with a 40-watt power adapter, a USB cable (type A to C), a SIM tool, a 3.5 mm jack adapter for the USB-C port as well as a quick-start guide and a booklet with warranty information.

Optional accessories are the Huawei M-Pencil (around 100 Euros/~$116) and the Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard (150 Euros/~$175). You can also buy a Bluetooth mouse (40 Euros/~$46) and the FreeBuds 4i headphones (60 Euros/~$70).

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 comes with a 24-month warranty.

Input devices & operation - No 120 Hz display

Powered by the fast Huawei SoC Kirin 9000E matePad Pro 12.6 can be operated very smoothly at all times. This is supported by the capacitive touchscreen that implements inputs quickly and accurately. The only drawback: Those who are used to higher frame rates might find the display jerky because the MatePad Pro 12.6 only runs at 60 Hz. This is a clear advantage for other XXL tablets like the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which both manage 120 Hz.

The tablet does not have a fingerprint sensor. However, it can be unlocked biometrically via Face Unlock. This works well, but the facial recognition sometimes struggles to recognize the face in darker environments despite tricks like a low-light correction.

Keyboard upright
Keyboard upright
Keyboard transverse
Keyboard transverse

Display - OLED panel with HDR10 and WQXGA resolution

Subpixel
Subpixel

The OLED display of the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 has a refresh rate of 60 Hz and delivers a high image sharpness with its resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. However, the brightness is rather low compared to the competition.

On average, we determined a brightness of just under 390 cd/m² from the very homogeneously illuminated OLED screen with a pure white background. With evenly distributed bright and dark areas (APL50), the maximum is 382 cd/m², and up to 383 cd/m² without the brightness sensor. In the lowest brightness setting, the panel shines with 2.18 cd/m².

The MatePad Pro 12.6 also uses the typical OLED pulse width modulation to control the brightness, which might disturb sensitive users. However, the option "Flicker reduction" is available in the display settings under the menu item "Easy on the eyes", which can help in some circumstances. At a screen brightness between 3 and 100 percent, the PWM frequency is 60.98 Hz. At less than 3 percent brightness, it fluctuates between 58.82 and 120.5 Hz.

383
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
397
cd/m²
394
cd/m²
403
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 403 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 389.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 383 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
100% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.14
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
OLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
IPS mini-LED, 2732x2048, 12.90
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.80
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
OLED, 2560x1600, 11.50
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2800x1752, 12.40
Screen
9%
-17%
-7%
-5%
Brightness middle
383
620
62%
606
58%
372
-3%
441
15%
Brightness
390
612
57%
579
48%
375
-4%
447
15%
Brightness Distribution
94
96
2%
89
-5%
95
1%
98
4%
Black Level *
0.32
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.1
1.8
14%
2.9
-38%
1.8
14%
2.4
-14%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.7
4.9
-32%
6
-62%
4.2
-14%
4.1
-11%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.1
3.1
-48%
4.3
-105%
2.8
-33%
2.9
-38%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2214 0%
2.22 99%
2.29 96%
2.01 109%
CCT
6258 104%
6892 94%
7272 89%
6718 97%
6469 100%
Contrast
1894

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 60.98 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 60.98 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 60.98 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

We took another close look at the color reproduction with the CalMAN analysis tool. The MatePad Pro 12.6 performs very well because its reproduction skills are very good across the board. It delivers the best picture quality in the color mode "Vivid" and a color temperature set to "Warm". It uses the DCI-P3 color space, which it can cover 99.9% as promised by the manufacturer. In "Normal" color mode, the tablet switches to the smaller sRGB color space, which is covered by 100%.

Color fidelity (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Color fidelity (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Grayscale (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Grayscale (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Color saturation (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)
Color saturation (color mode Vivid, color temperature Warm, target color space DCI-P3)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
4.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.8 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.8 ms rise
↘ 2.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

The MatePad Pro 12.6 can be used well outdoors as long as direct sunlight is avoided. Then, content cannot be recognized very well due to the low maximum brightness.

Outdoor use (overcast sky)
Outdoor use (overcast sky)
Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (direct sunlight)

The viewing angle stability of the screen is very good. Contents can be read flawlessly even from very flat viewing angles. OLED-typical, a slight color shift to greenish or bluish can occur, but this does not have a negative impact on the readability.

Viewpoint
Viewpoint

Performance - Top performance through the HiSilicon Kirin 9000E

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin 9000E, an octa-core SoC of the high-end class. The eight-core device works with three processor clusters, whose core is an ARM Cortex-A77 core that clocks up to 3.13 GHz. In addition, there are three Cortex-A77 cores with up to 2.54 GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores with up to 2.05 GHz. The integrated graphics chip is the same as in the HiSilicon Kirin 9000, the ARM Mali-G78. However, the GPU of the Kirin 9000E only works with 22 cores instead of 24 as in the Kirin 9000.

The Kirin 9000E gives the MatePad Pro 12.6 an excellent system performance together with its 8 GB of RAM. This is also evident in the synthetic benchmarks. The MatePad Pro 12.6 beats the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, using the Snapdragon 865+, and the Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8, with its HiSilicon Kirin 990, does not stand a chance.

We would have liked to test the performance of the HiSilicon Kirin 9000E completely, but Huawei's tablet did not want to play along. Several benchmarks, including AnTuTu v8 and v9, PCMark, Geekbench and Basemark OS II, could not be installed due to a "parsing error". We suspect that they are blocked by the company to prevent a more accurate performance analysis. However, the benchmarks that run on the tablet show that the MatePad Pro 12.6 would not need such tricks.

3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8675 Points ∼77%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4215 Points ∼37%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3490 Points ∼31%
Average of class Tablet (484 - 9238, n=32, last 2 years)
2620 Points ∼23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
12725 Points ∼76%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4256 Points ∼26%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3526 Points ∼21%
Average of class Tablet (427 - 14283, n=32, last 2 years)
3100 Points ∼19%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4104 Points ∼76%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4056 Points ∼75%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3371 Points ∼62%
Average of class Tablet (674 - 4482, n=32, last 2 years)
2341 Points ∼43%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
11598 Points ∼69%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
11598 Points ∼69% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8902 Points ∼53% -23%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
7588 Points ∼45% -35%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4472 Points ∼27% -61%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3668 Points ∼22% -68%
Average of class Tablet (517 - 13682, n=37, last 2 years)
3630 Points ∼22% -69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
42751 Points ∼100% +157%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
16653 Points ∼39%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
16653 Points ∼39% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
13149 Points ∼31% -21%
Average of class Tablet (458 - 42751, n=37, last 2 years)
6049 Points ∼14% -64%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4405 Points ∼10% -74%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3756 Points ∼9% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
5623 Points ∼82%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
5623 Points ∼82% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4702 Points ∼68% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4178 Points ∼61% -26%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3390 Points ∼49% -40%
Average of class Tablet (806 - 5623, n=37, last 2 years)
2701 Points ∼39% -52%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1956 Points ∼28% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
6850 Points ∼34%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4334 Points ∼21%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2437 Points ∼12%
Average of class Tablet (279 - 7098, n=32, last 2 years)
1955 Points ∼10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8548 Points ∼74%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4425 Points ∼38%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2261 Points ∼20%
Average of class Tablet (233 - 9612, n=33, last 2 years)
2029 Points ∼18%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4096 Points ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4041 Points ∼69%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3350 Points ∼57%
Average of class Tablet (369 - 4201, n=33, last 2 years)
2344 Points ∼40%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
9630 Points ∼93%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
9630 Points ∼93% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
7369 Points ∼72% -23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4467 Points ∼43% -54%
Average of class Tablet (302 - 9630, n=39, last 2 years)
2935 Points ∼28% -70%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2626 Points ∼25% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
12079 Points ∼47%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
12079 Points ∼47% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
9453 Points ∼37% -22%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4356 Points ∼17% -64%
Average of class Tablet (253 - 25707, n=39, last 2 years)
3966 Points ∼15% -67%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2469 Points ∼10% -80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
5633 Points ∼71%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
5633 Points ∼71% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4756 Points ∼60% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4159 Points ∼52% -26%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3380 Points ∼42% -40%
Average of class Tablet (443 - 5634, n=39, last 2 years)
2673 Points ∼34% -53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
6226 Points ∼46%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
6019 Points ∼44%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4036 Points ∼30%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2293 Points ∼17%
Average of class Tablet (469 - 6292, n=29, last 2 years)
1934 Points ∼14%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
25909 Points ∼98%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8745 Points ∼33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4156 Points ∼16%
Average of class Tablet (400 - 25909, n=29, last 2 years)
2677 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2186 Points ∼8%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3658 Points ∼69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
3100 Points ∼59%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2766 Points ∼53%
Average of class Tablet (533 - 3658, n=29, last 2 years)
2312 Points ∼44%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1632 Points ∼31%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Points ∼0%
Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
17221 Points ∼16% +175%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
6259 Points ∼6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
6259 Points ∼6% 0%
Average of class Tablet (371 - 17263, n=19, last 2 years)
4582 Points ∼4% -27%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
736 Points ∼1% -88%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
18303 Points ∼16% +186%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
6399 Points ∼6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
6399 Points ∼6% 0%
Average of class Tablet (366 - 18326, n=17, last 2 years)
5283 Points ∼5% -17%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
637 Points ∼1% -90%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
5035 Points ∼19% +170%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
1863 Points ∼7%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
1863 Points ∼7% 0%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 5035, n=15, last 2 years)
1621 Points ∼6% -13%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
4975 Points ∼19% +176%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
1805 Points ∼7%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
1805 Points ∼7% 0%
Average of class Tablet (132 - 4975, n=15, last 2 years)
1598 Points ∼6% -11%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
120 fps ∼4% +97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
116 fps ∼3% +90%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
61 fps ∼2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
61 fps ∼2% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
60 fps ∼2% -2%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
55 fps ∼2% -10%
Average of class Tablet (9.8 - 120, n=38, last 2 years)
52.2 fps ∼2% -14%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
588 fps ∼5% +153%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
232 fps ∼2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
232 fps ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
215 fps ∼2% -7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
135 fps ∼1% -42%
Average of class Tablet (4.4 - 588, n=38, last 2 years)
130 fps ∼1% -44%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
85 fps ∼1% -63%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
115 fps ∼32% +89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
67 fps ∼18% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
61 fps ∼17%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
61 fps ∼17% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
44 fps ∼12% -28%
Average of class Tablet (9.3 - 120, n=36, last 2 years)
40.6 fps ∼11% -33%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
25 fps ∼7% -59%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
318 fps ∼25% +106%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
154 fps ∼12%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
154 fps ∼12% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
125 fps ∼10% -19%
Average of class Tablet (6.6 - 345, n=37, last 2 years)
75.6 fps ∼6% -51%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64 fps ∼5% -58%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
42 fps ∼3% -73%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
74 fps ∼2% +28%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
58 fps ∼2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
58 fps ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
41 fps ∼1% -29%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
34 fps ∼1% -41%
Average of class Tablet (6 - 107, n=37, last 2 years)
29.6 fps ∼1% -49%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
16 fps ∼0% -72%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
227 fps ∼5% +103%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
112 fps ∼2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
112 fps ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
88 fps ∼2% -21%
Average of class Tablet (4.3 - 227, n=37, last 2 years)
51.1 fps ∼1% -54%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼1% -63%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
30 fps ∼1% -73%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
55.3 fps ∼2% +35%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
41 fps ∼1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
41 fps ∼1% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
24 fps ∼1% -41%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
21 fps ∼1% -49%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 87, n=37, last 2 years)
20 fps ∼1% -51%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
9.7 fps ∼0% -76%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
150 fps ∼1% +134%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
64 fps ∼0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
64 fps ∼0% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
53 fps ∼0% -17%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
38 fps ∼0% -41%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 150, n=37, last 2 years)
32.3 fps ∼0% -50%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
17 fps ∼0% -73%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
43.7 fps ∼28% +46%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
30 fps ∼19%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
30 fps ∼19% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
18 fps ∼11% -40%
Average of class Tablet (2 - 75, n=41, last 2 years)
13.8 fps ∼9% -54%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
13 fps ∼8% -57%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6.5 fps ∼4% -78%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
63 fps ∼20% +103%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
31 fps ∼10%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
31 fps ∼10% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
22 fps ∼7% -29%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼5% -45%
Average of class Tablet (0.85 - 70, n=41, last 2 years)
12.4 fps ∼4% -60%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6.6 fps ∼2% -79%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
67 fps ∼33% +52%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
44 fps ∼21%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
44 fps ∼21% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
27 fps ∼13% -39%
Average of class Tablet (3.2 - 102, n=41, last 2 years)
20.3 fps ∼10% -54%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼8% -61%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
10 fps ∼5% -77%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
177 fps ∼24% +133%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
76 fps ∼10%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
76 fps ∼10% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
57 fps ∼8% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼5% -46%
Average of class Tablet (2.3 - 191, n=41, last 2 years)
33.8 fps ∼4% -56%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
16 fps ∼2% -79%
VRMark - Amber Room
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
5073 Score ∼66%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
5073 Score ∼66% 0%
Average of class Tablet (669 - 5073, n=6, last 2 years)
1579 Score ∼21% -69%

Legend

 
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 HiSilicon Kirin 9000E, ARM Mali-G78 MP22, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 990, ARM Mali-G76 MP16, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Qualcomm Adreno 618, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

The MatePad Pro 12.6 is right at the top in the browser benchmarks behind the vastly superior Apple iPad Pro 12.9. Huawei's browser does not have any problems even with complex HTML5 websites.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
182.5 Points ∼100% +151%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
72.8 Points ∼40%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
72.8 Points ∼40% 0%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 183, n=33, last 2 years)
72.8 Points ∼40% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
72.541 Points ∼40% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
55.115 Points ∼30% -24%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
47.583 Points ∼26% -35%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
403.4 Points ∼100% +219%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
127.58 Points ∼32% +1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
126.36 Points ∼31%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
126 Points ∼31% 0%
Average of class Tablet (11.2 - 403, n=40, last 2 years)
121 Points ∼30% -4%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
101.24 Points ∼25% -20%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
84.382 Points ∼21% -33%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
221 Points ∼100% +128%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
126 Points ∼57% +30%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
97 Points ∼44% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
97 Points ∼44%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
97 Points ∼44% 0%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 246, n=42, last 2 years)
91.1 Points ∼41% -6%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
67 Points ∼30% -31%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
210 runs/min ∼100% +191%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 228, n=33, last 2 years)
72.6 runs/min ∼35% +1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
72.1 runs/min ∼34%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
72.1 runs/min ∼34% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
71.3 runs/min ∼34% -1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
63.9 runs/min ∼30% -11%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
41.4 runs/min ∼20% -43%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
62789 Points ∼100% +155%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
27360 Points ∼44% +11%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
24616 Points ∼39%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
24616 Points ∼39% 0%
Average of class Tablet (1712 - 62946, n=40, last 2 years)
21425 Points ∼34% -13%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
19885 Points ∼32% -19%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
16476 Points ∼26% -33%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (455 - 19212, n=41, last 2 years)
4964 ms * ∼100% -205%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
2888 ms * ∼58% -77%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
2344.9 ms * ∼47% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
1947 ms * ∼39% -20%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
1629 ms * ∼33% -0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
1628.8 ms * ∼33%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
495 ms * ∼10% +70%

* ... smaller is better

Huawei's tablet has 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, which impresses with four-digit transfer rates in both sequential reads and writes. The MatePad Pro 12.6 also leaves the competition behind in the 4 KB random reads and writes.

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8Lenovo Tab P11 ProSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 PlusAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-36%
-72%
-36%
-27%
-73%
Sequential Read 256KB
2030.92
1788.66
-12%
486.77
-76%
1674.99
-18%
1768 ?(1330 - 2037, n=25)
-13%
574 ?(123 - 2031, n=37, last 2 years)
-72%
Sequential Write 256KB
1558.76
398.96
-74%
192.32
-88%
731.99
-53%
825 ?(552 - 1559, n=25)
-47%
290 ?(53.1 - 1559, n=37, last 2 years)
-81%
Random Read 4KB
310.03
224.61
-28%
136.32
-56%
230.14
-26%
253 ?(181 - 325, n=25)
-18%
107 ?(16.3 - 310, n=37, last 2 years)
-65%
Random Write 4KB
369.66
262.42
-29%
123.34
-67%
204.97
-45%
258 ?(180 - 370, n=25)
-30%
92 ?(4.27 - 370, n=37, last 2 years)
-75%

Games - Run smoothly, but Google Play problems

The HiSilicon Kirin 9000E uses the ARM Mali-G78, the same GPU as the HiSilicon Kirin 9000, but only with 22 instead of 24 cores. However, this is not noticed when playing games because the XXL tablet runs all games installed in the test smoothly. The 8 stereo speakers provide a great sound.

Armajet and Subway Surfers have a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz and thus 60 FPS, while PUBG Mobile is limited to 30 FPS. As with the apps, there is also a limitation: Games that require Google services will not run on the tablet.

We determined the frame rates with the tool Gamebench.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Subway Surfers
Subway Surfers
Armajet
Armajet
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; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø60.9 (59-61)
; PUBG Mobile; 1.6.0: Ø29.9 (23-31)
; Subway Surfers; 2.24.0: Ø60.7 (57-61)

Emissions - Powerful stereo sound from 8 speakers

Temperature

The Huawei tablet barely warms up on the surface - it does not exceed 31.1 °C (~88 °F) even after one hour in the stress test. However, the SoC is throttled internally when the load is too high, as the GFXBench in the Manhattan test scenario and the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test show. However, you do not notice the lower performance during operation because there is still more than enough performance available.

GFXBench battery test T-Rex
GFXBench battery test T-Rex
GFXBench battery test Manhattan
GFXBench battery test Manhattan

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø31.3 (27.4-35.4)
; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.4.2: Ø8.73 (8.19-10.9)
Max. Load
 29 °C
84 F
31.3 °C
88 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
 29.7 °C
85 F
29.7 °C
85 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
 29.7 °C
85 F
30.2 °C
86 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 31.3 °C = 88 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
28.4 °C
83 F
29.8 °C
86 F
30.8 °C
87 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29 °C
84 F
28.6 °C
83 F
28.6 °C
83 F
28.4 °C
83 F
28.1 °C
83 F
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 28.9 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.6 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.8 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 30.5 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 30.5 °C / 87 F.

Speaker

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 produces a strong surround sound with a total of 8 stereo speakers. Besides balanced mids and trebles, there is also decent bass, which gives listeners a full and powerful sound. Headsets and external speakers can be connected to the tablet via the included USB-C adapter or paired with it wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.2.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203744.12525.642.33129.133.84023.430.15036.842.96328.428.78024.836.210022.440.812519.252.216016.961.520015.661.525013.864.831513.470.140013.37350013.874.46301275.880012.775.9100012.278.512501380.8160013.779.1200013.277.7250013.476.831501370.7400013.364.4500013.672.5630013.373.6800013.874.41000013.770.4125001469.81600013.557.5SPL25.588.1N0.776.6median 13.5median 72.5Delta0.76.840.840.724.323.326.527.326.324.323.720.627.523.441.822.557.318.763.421.764.622.863.117.867.417.469.517.871.918.974.215.27011.573.610.374.210.175.710.972.510.271.110.569.310.864.810.871.211.269.611.36511.47311.374.511.471.411.357.110.583.924.260.50.5median 70median 11.343.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 6% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power management - The MatePad Pro 12.6 also functions as a power bank

Energy consumption

Huawei's tablet is quite acceptable in terms of power consumption, but it is not an energy-saving wonder like the Apple iPad Pro 12.9. The Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8, Lenovo Tab P11 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus work much more energy efficiently here.

It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the empty 10050 mAh battery with the included 40 watt power adapter. The tablet is 75% full after 75 minutes.

The MatePad Pro 12.6 can also be charged wirelessly with up to 27 watts. It can also supply other devices with energy and thus act like a power bank: Reverse wireless charging works with up to 10 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.29 / 0.39 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.2 / 9.07 / 9.12 Watt
Load midlight 8.79 / 12.07 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
10050 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
8600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
10090 mAh
Power Consumption
3%
41%
52%
45%
Idle Minimum *
6.2
1.8
71%
1.98
68%
1.55
75%
2.41
61%
Idle Average *
9.07
9.6
-6%
5.66
38%
4.91
46%
3.4
63%
Idle Maximum *
9.12
9.8
-7%
5.69
38%
5.02
45%
3.43
62%
Load Average *
8.79
12.2
-39%
6.96
21%
4.38
50%
6.63
25%
Load Maximum *
12.07
12.6
-4%
6.98
42%
6.81
44%
10.29
15%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø11.8 (8.11-12.3)
; Idle 1min: Ø8.36 (7.39-8.82)

Battery life

The MatePad Pro 12.6 should easily survive a full day of intensive use without contact to a power outlet. The tablet lasted almost 12.5 hours during simulated Wi-Fi surfing (with the brightness adjusted to 150 cd/m²). Video playback can add another 10 hours to this time.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
34h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 20min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
22h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 42min
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
10050 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
8600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
10090 mAh
Battery Runtime
-25%
-14%
-18%
-38%
Reader / Idle
2080
1877
-10%
1641
-21%
898
-57%
H.264
1367
818
-40%
909
-34%
851
-38%
620
-55%
WiFi v1.3
740
673
-9%
891
20%
624
-16%
425
-43%
Load
342
255
-25%
233
-32%
348
2%
355
4%

Pros

+ High-quality workmanship, thin and light
+ Color-faithful OLED panel with HDR10
+ Very good system and gaming performance
+ Very fast WiFi 6
+ Powerful stereo sound
+ Long battery runtimes
+ Fast charging with 40 watt power supply

Cons

- No Google services
- Limited app selection
- Display only with 60 Hz
- Stylus costs extra
- No mobile variant
- Memory only expandable with NM card

Verdict - Strong tablet with software weaknesses

In review: Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 delivers a strong performance, but cannot convince all around. Nevertheless, the list of plus points is extensive.

The 12.6-inch tablet has a high-quality build and is relatively light despite its XXL dimensions. The HDR10-compatible OLED display has few brightness reserves, but delivers rich contrasts and accurate colors and can cover the DCI-P3 color space almost completely. We also give a thumbs up for the fast and stable Wi-Fi 6, the powerful stereo sound from 8 speakers, and the good battery life.

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a powerful multimedia and productivity tablet. However, the unavailable Google services might scare off some buyers.

We would have wished for slightly better cameras in a tablet with high-end aspirations. The 13 MP camera takes decent pictures, but it is really not a big hit and cannot compete with the cameras of an Apple iPad Pro 12.9. It is also a pity that the display only manages 60 Hz - on the iPad Pro 12.9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 120 Hz are standard in both cases. Considering the price of 800 Euros (~$928), the Huawei Pen could have been included.

However, the purchase decision for or against the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 probably stands or falls with the operating system. HarmonyOS 2.0 is based on Android 10 and can theoretically run any Android app.

However, this is not guaranteed because the tablet is completely without Google services due to the US embargo. Some games that require them will therefore not run. And due to the lack of the Google Play Store, most apps have to be found via the app repository search engine Petal Search and thus installed from third-party sources, which raises questions about data security. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which is very similar in terms of performance and features, does not have such problems and is therefore a good alternative to the MatePad Pro 12.6.

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Price and availability

The Huawei MatePad costs around 800 Euros (~$928) in the Huawei store. In other online stores, for example Amazon (DE) you can get the tablet for a few Euros less.

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 - 10/18/2021 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
49 / 70 → 70%
Weight
81 / 40-88 → 86%
Battery
91%
Display
86%
Games Performance
67 / 78 → 86%