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Huawei MatePad Pro 2: new leaks may show how HarmonyOS will look as a tablet UI

The MatePad Pro 2's alleged desktop. (Source: Weibo)
The MatePad Pro 2's alleged desktop. (Source: Weibo)
The Huawei MatePad Pro 2 is currently touted as an upcoming rival to the iPad Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S7-series slates. According to a Weibo-based tipster, it might launch with HarmonyOS in China, at least. This new leak includes screenshots indicating that this UI will provide a "Dual Dock" when in tablet mode.

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Huawei is now slated to release a successor to the MatePad Pro soon. It has been assumed that this potential premium slate would launch with a form of Android without Google Mobile Services. However, according to a Weibo leaker called Peng Peng Jun, it may run on HarmonyOS instead.

Therefore, it now seems Huawei's in-house and supposedly brand-new software is being optimized for tablets as well as foldable and conventional smartphones. The new patent leak purports to show how HarmonyOS would look on the MatePad Pro 2's screen (which might come in 12.2- or 12.6-inch IPS or OLED flavors).

The main feature of this interface may be the "Double Dock", possibly inspired by a similar feature in macOS. Then again, Huawei's alleged take is split into 2 halves along the bottom edge of the display, which are seemingly asymmetrical by default as the dock as a whole houses an odd number of apps.

Then again, this decision may have been made in order to accommodate right- or left-handedness, or to prioritize different app-types. In any case, there is no guarantee as yet that this is the final MatePad Pro 2 (also possibly known as the MatePad Pro 2021) desktop.

Even if the rumored slate's OS is made by Huawei, it might still be in line for further development and refinement before its design is revealed. This, according to the latest rumor, could occur on April 27, 2021 with the launch of the new MatePad Pro.

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Huawei allegedly patents a dock for its HarmonyOS tablet UI. (Source: Weibo)
Huawei allegedly patents a dock for its HarmonyOS tablet UI. (Source: Weibo)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 5 (Update: 2021-04- 5)