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Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) 10.8 tablet review - An Android alternative to the Apple iPad Pro 11?

Not for Netflix and chill. The MatePad Pro offers plenty of features, a modern design, and high-quality materials. But is that enough to stand up to the top dogs in the tablet field, the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6? Our review of the Huawei tablet casts some doubts...
Marcus Herbrich, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Daniel Koenig),
In review: Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
In review: Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)

The MatePad Pro, which has been available in China for a long time, has now arrived in both the USA and Europe. Huawei uses the Kirin 990 SoC in its 7.2-mm thin and 460-gram iPad Pro alternative; it also sports a 1200p resolution, 10.8-inch IPS display. The MatePad Pro is the first Huawei tablet that not only supports 40-watt super charging via USB-C but also 27-watt wireless charging. The 7,250 mAh battery can also charge other devices via reverse wireless charging.

There are two models of the MatePad Pro. The first has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS storage, and the second has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. In addition to the LTE version available in China, a 5G version of the Pro tablet will also be available in Germany. The Chinese version of the WLAN variant starts at around 480 Euros (~$566), but LTE capabilities cost around 80 Euros more (~$94). In Europe, the 128 GB Wi-Fi version starts at 550 Euros (~$648). 

Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (MatePad Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 990 8 x - 2.9 GHz, Cortex-A76/-A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
10.8 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 280 PPI, Capacitive Touchscreen, native pen support, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 237 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: USB-Type-C, Card Reader: Nano Memory Card (up to 256 GB), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Hall Effect Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Accelerometer, Color Temperature Sensor, USB-C, OTG, Miracast, Status LED, Reverse Charging
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1, 5G NR: N1/3/28/38/41/77/78/79, LTE FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66 TD-LTE: B34/38/39/40/41/42, WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/19, GSM: B2/3/5/8, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.2 x 246 x 159 ( = 0.28 x 9.69 x 6.26 in)
Battery
7250 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/1.8
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: Quad Speaker System, Keyboard: Onscreen, 20W Charger (modular), Type-C-to-3.5mm Adapter, Type-C Data Cable, EMUI 10, 12 Months Warranty, Wídevine L3, no GMS, fanless
Weight
460 g ( = 16.23 oz / 1.01 pounds), Power Supply: 74 g ( = 2.61 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
550 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
08/2020
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Kirin 990, Mali-G76 MP16
460 g7.2 mm10.8"2560x1600
90 %
04/2020
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU
471 g5.9 mm11"2388x1668
87 %
10/2019
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
SD 855, Adreno 640
420 g5.7 mm10.5"2560x1600
83 %
06/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
467 g7 mm10.4"2000x1200

Case - Huawei tablet with a punch hole

Huawei MatePad Pro Review (5G)
Huawei MatePad Pro Review (5G)
Huawei MatePad Pro color options
Huawei MatePad Pro color options

The Huawei tablet is available in a total of four color options. So far, only “Midnight Gray” has made it to Europe. The 10.8-inch display of the MatePad Pro has a hole in the upper left corner, which makes the edges around the IPS panel relatively thin; however, the remaining 6 mm wide frame could have hidden the front camera to avoid the display shadowing that it causes. At just under 86%, the Huawei tablet has a relatively nice display-to-surface ratio, but it doesn't achieve the 90% ratio advertised by the device manufacturer.

With a case thickness of only 7 mm, the MatePad Pro looks pleasantly thin but is somewhat "thicker" than the competition in this price segment. The manufacturing of the case and the pressure points of the built-in buttons are excellent. The Huawei tablet does not have IP certification.

Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)
Review Huawei MatePad Pro (5G)

Size Comparison

247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 471 g1.038 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 460 g1.014 lbs244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 154.3 mm / 6.07 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 467 g1.03 lbs244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 159.5 mm / 6.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 420 g0.926 lbs

Features - MatePad Pro with a status LED

The features of the MatePad Pro include Miracast, a status LED, and USB OTG. The USB port has a Type-C design with a USB 3.1 (Gen1) connection. After the initial setup, the 256 GB of internal UFS 3.0 memory of our test device only had 237 GB available due to the space requirements of the operating system and preinstalled applications. The MatePad Pro does not support an expansion of the permanently installed data memory via SD cards. If you need more storage space, you have to use an NM memory card. exFAT and FAT32 formatted cards up to 256 GB in size are supported.

Due to the lack of Google certifications, DRM-protected content can only be viewed in 540p/480p on the Chinese version. Even in the European version of the Huawei tablet, video content on video-streaming services will probably not be able to be viewed in HD quality, as there is no Widevine Level 1 certification. As soon as we receive a German test sample, we will verify whether this limitation also exists on that model.

Left side
Left side
Top
Top
Right side
Right side
Bottom
Bottom

Software - Huawei MatePad Pro with Android 10

The Chinese manufacturer uses Android version 10 for its operating system, which is supplemented by a highly customized user interface. Huawei also installed its user interface EMUI 10, which is based on the open source part of Android. The security patches are also included so that Huawei can continue to ensure that its operating system is secure. With our MatePad Pro, the security patches were up to date as of April 2020 at the time of the test.

However, Huawei is no longer allowed to use Google services, so most Google apps and many third-party apps do not work - the installation of the Google Play Store is also not possible without further work (interfering with administration rights). We attempted to install Google applications such as Chrome using relatively secure alternative platforms such as APKMirror, but we were not successful; the same applies to apps (including Feedly) that require a Google account to be registered. Trying to transfer your favorite Google apps via the PhoneClone app also fails on the MatePad Pro.

The Huawei AppGallery and its "App Search" provide at least a partial remedy. The latter makes it possible to find your favorite apps via websites or alternative stores. This is not as convenient as with Google-certified Android tablets, and more than just being uncomfortable, the lack of automatic updates also presents some security risks. The AppGallery itself offers some popular apps, but many popular messenger and social media apps are missing because these are often owned by American companies.

Apart from the great difficulties that come from the missing GMS, the MatePad Pro offers some nice features in terms of software, such as real multitasking thanks to the Huawei App Multiplier. Windows can be individually resized, but these features must be supported by the respective app developer. A special desktop mode also makes it possible to arrange several applications into differently sized windows.

Huawei offers another feature for productivity with the pen controls and the preinstalled graphics and note-taking applications, which is similar to what the Apple iPad Pro does with the Apple Pencil. Using Huawei Share, the screen of a Huawei smartphone can also be projected onto the MatePad Pro; a user can then, among other features, make calls and send texts using the tablet. Files can also be moved and edited between the two Huawei devices using simple drag & drop motions.

Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Tablet mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Desktop mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Desktop mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Desktop mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Desktop mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Desktop mode
Huawei MatePad Pro: Desktop mode

Communication and GPS - Huawei tablet with fast Wi-Fi & GPS

Some models of the Huawei MatePad Pro can access the Internet using only the LTE frequency, but some can also use the 5G cellular standard. In the WLAN version, the Chinese manufacturer uses Bluetooth version 5.1 as its communication module, but users should avoid using NFC.

A Wi-Fi 5 module with MIMO antenna technology is used for Wi-Fi connections. In conjunction with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, very high peak values of up to 1.1 Gb/s are achieved when receiving data, though the transmission rates when sending data are somewhat less consistent.  

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1065 (1022min - 1104max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Adreno 640, SD 855, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
679 (600min - 714max) MBit/s ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
613 (300min - 633max) MBit/s ∼58% -42%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
609 (572min - 622max) MBit/s ∼57% -43%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
873 (750min - 946max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
828 (752min - 864max) MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Adreno 640, SD 855, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
577 (534min - 612max) MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
231 (114min - 380max) MBit/s ∼26% -74%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1064 (1022-1104)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø873 (750-946)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

On our test bike ride, the tablet had to compete with the Garmin Edge 500 navigation device. The two GPS modules were roughly 110 meters apart on the approximately 12-kilometer route. Minor inaccuracies of the MatePad Pro are noticeable around the turning point of the route and the circling of the lake, but the Huawei tablet does not have major dropouts, so MatePad Pro users are well equipped for navigation tasks.

The Huawei tablet uses the GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, and Galileo satellite systems for geolocation. The satfix works quickly and precisely outdoors as well as in buildings.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei MatePad Pro

Voice quality - MatePad Pro with conference qualities

A likely application for the MatePad Pro is video communications. With the user-installed Skype app, which can be easily installed via the Amazon AppStore, we take a closer look at the voice quality of the built-in microphone. Our conversation partners felt that our voice was reproduced clearly and loudly by the five microphones in the MatePad Pro. The voice reproduction by the built-in speakers is also appealing.

Cameras - MatePad Pro with good cameras

Huawei MatePad Pro front camera - Beauty mode
Huawei MatePad Pro front camera - Beauty mode
Huawei MatePad Pro front camera - Normal mode
Huawei MatePad Pro front camera - Normal mode

On the back, there is a 13-megapixel single camera with an aperture of f/1.8. The image sharpness and details of the shots are very appealing in a lot of light, although the MatePad Pro has problems choosing the right exposure. Nevertheless, the photos of the 13 MP camera are visually appealing for this product class. In the dark, however, the problems with photos become obvious. Low-light shots are poorly lit, grainy, and not very sharp.

In the small hole in the display, there is an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The results are solid and well suited for social media posts or video news so long as the beauty mode is deactivated. Videos can be recorded at 1080p at 30 FPS. With the main camera, the MatePad Pro records moving pictures in UHD at 30 FPS.    

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.

WideshotLowLightWideshot5x Zoom
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
52.4 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
60.7 ∆E
50.6 ∆E
34.4 ∆E
40.7 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
62.6 ∆E
62 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
46.6 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
72.2 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
41.4 ∆E
77.7 ∆E
68.3 ∆E
50.5 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8: 44.82 ∆E min: 13.42 - max: 77.71 ∆E
ColorChecker
7.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
4 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8: 8.32 ∆E min: 3.96 - max: 13.2 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - MatePad Pro with pen and keyboard case

Optional accessories for the Huawei MatePad Pro
Optional accessories for the Huawei MatePad Pro

In addition to the MatePad Pro, our box contained a modular, Chinese power supply with a nominal output of 20-watts and a USB charging cable. TradingShenzhen also includes an EU adapter for the sockets used in this region; this is not part of the standard package, though, but is instead just a service provided by the provider who lent us this device.

The MatePad Pro also offers optional accessories for other input methods. The Huawei Smart Keyboard, which costs around 130 Euros (~$153), turns the MatePad Pro into a mobile 2-in-1 device and serves as a protective cover on the go. The Huawei M-Pencil, which costs around 100 Euros (~$118), supports 4,096 pressure levels, and it should achieve a latency of 20 ms when drawing, holds onto the tablet  magnetically and the tablet wirelessly charges within an hour (according to the manufacturer).   

Huawei provides a warranty period of 24 months for its tablet. In addition to the manufacturer's guarantee, TradingShenzhen provides the option of sending the MatePad Pro to a German shipping address in the event of a warranty claim. By using this, time-consuming shipping to China (for the Chinese version) can be avoided for the first 12 months.

Input devices & operation - MatePad Pro without fingerprint sensor

Touch input is registered quickly on the 10.8-inch IPS panel. The in-house Huawei keyboard is pre-installed as a virtual input option.

The MatePad Pro cannot be unlocked via finger biometric identification. The user can unlock the tablet using facial recognition, but this only works with the front camera. This works reliably and quickly in everyday life but is quite unsafe (2D).

Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - portrait
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - portrait
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - landscape
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - landscape
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - portrait
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - portrait

Display - Huawei tablet with 60 Hz IPS display

Subpixels
Subpixels

The IPS display in the MatePad Pro has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio, but unlike the Apple iPad Pro 11's screen, this one only has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Similar to Apple's TrueTone technology, the user can have the display's color temperature change in relation to the ambient light.  

The maximum brightness with a pure white-screen background averages a very good 579 cd/m² - but Huawei uses pulse width modulation to control the display brightness, which is somewhat negative in light of the LC technology. The illumination around the front camera is also not optimal - shadows are clearly visible. When there is little ambient light and the display is dark, halos are also visible.  

In addition, we checked the brightness distribution of the panel in our test by using a test pattern of evenly distributed proportion of dark to light areas (APL50). We found a maximum brightness of 610 cd/m². Without an activated ambient light sensor to control the display brightness, we measured a lower luminance of 519 cd/m².

558
cd/m²
575
cd/m²
573
cd/m²
555
cd/m²
606
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
552
cd/m²
583
cd/m²
617
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 617 cd/m² Average: 578.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 606 cd/m²
Contrast: 1894:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 4.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6
97.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.22
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
IPS, 2388x1668, 11
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Super AMOLED, 2560x1600, 10.5
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
TFT, 2000x1200, 10.4
Screen
22%
3%
-29%
Brightness middle
606
617
2%
446
-26%
503
-17%
Brightness
579
585
1%
445
-23%
477
-18%
Brightness Distribution
89
84
-6%
86
-3%
91
2%
Black Level *
0.32
0.36
-13%
0.29
9%
Contrast
1894
1714
-10%
1734
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.9
0.94
68%
2.7
7%
4.4
-52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6
1.87
69%
5.4
10%
10.4
-73%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.3
1.4
67%
2.1
51%
7.5
-74%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.156 102%
2.05 107%
2.19 100%
CCT
7272 89%
6733 97%
6468 100%
7700 84%

* ... 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 23810 Hz ≤ 38 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 23810 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 38 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 23810 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17507 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

While our impression of the display up to this point has been middling, the good black value of 0.32 cd/m² (APL50: 0.32 cd/m²) starts to move things into a more positive direction. The rich black of the LC panel ensures high contrasts (1:1,894).

In terms of color and grayscale accuracy, however, there is again room for improvement. Here, the IPS panel has relatively small Delta-E deviations alongside P3 color-space coverage, but an iPad Pro 11 clearly does better in our measurements.     

Color Accuracy (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Color Accuracy (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Color Space (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Color Space (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Grayscale (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Grayscale (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Color Saturation (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Color Saturation (target color space: P3), Profile: Vivid, Standard
Color Accuracy (target color space: P3), Profile: Warm, Standard
Color Accuracy (target color space: P3), Profile: Warm, Standard
Color Space (target color space: P3), Profile: Warm, Standard
Color Space (target color space: P3), Profile: Warm, Standard
Grayscale (target color space: P3), Profile: Warm, Standard
Grayscale (target color space: P3), Profile: Warm, Standard
Color Saturation (target color space: P3), profile: warm, standard
Color Saturation (target color space: P3), profile: warm, standard
Color Accuracy (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Color Accuracy (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Color Space (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Color Space (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Grayscale (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Grayscale (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Color Saturation (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard
Color Saturation (target color space: P3), Profile: Normal, Standard

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
19.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 24.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 67 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.7 ms).

The high contrast ratio of almost 1:2,000 ensures that the display is easy to read even when outside. Most of the content can be read in direct sunlight – but reflections can cause major problems.

Thanks to the liquid crystal display used with in-plane switching technology (IPS), the MatePad Pro's display is largely color-stable, but colors do get somewhat distorted at very flat viewing angles - at these angles, the colors become slightly reddish. The drop in brightness is also clearly noticeable from flat viewing angles. 

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Halos
Halos

Performance - Huawei Tab with HiSilicon Kirin 990

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 in the MatePad Pro is an ARM-based octa-core SoC consisting of four Cortex-A76 cores and four A55 cores. The successor to the Kirin 980 has an integrated Mali-G76 MP16 GPU and a neural processor (1 + 1 cores) for AI tasks, and it is manufactured using the 7-nanometer process. The 5G version of the chipset has a slightly higher clock speed and has an integrated Balong 5G modem.

The processor performance is at a very attractive level, although the ideal performance of the Snapdragon 865 is not achieved. The values in the graphics benchmarks are unexpectedly low. In GFXBench, the MatePad Pro sometimes achieved lower refresh rates than the Qualcomm Adreno 640 in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. The MatePad Pro is clearly behind the Huawei Mate 30 Pro in terms of graphical power.

The performance with the Huawei tablet is very good during everyday use. Animations and scrolling are smooth, although the 60 Hz refresh rate of the panel has a somewhat limiting effect here. Further, thanks to the fast UFS memory, loading times are very short, even for complex apps.

Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (8892 - 12228, n=2)
10560 Points ∼24% +19%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
9443 Points ∼22% +6%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8892 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
8648 Points ∼20% -3%
Average of class Tablet (840 - 43802, n=45)
5745 Points ∼13% -35%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
13186 Points ∼23% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
12557 Points ∼22% +6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (11885 - 12280, n=2)
12083 Points ∼21% +2%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
11885 Points ∼21%
Average of class Tablet (1106 - 18041, n=62)
4764 Points ∼8% -60%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4791 Points ∼71% +24%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4261 Points ∼63% +10%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (3865 - 3898, n=2)
3882 Points ∼58% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3865 Points ∼58%
Average of class Tablet (429 - 5002, n=62)
1670 Points ∼25% -57%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
Metal Score 5.1
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
9984 Points ∼98%
Average of class Tablet (9361 - 10011, n=3)
9785 Points ∼96%
Vulkan Score 5.1
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
3804 Points ∼3% +12%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (3394 - 4043, n=2)
3719 Points ∼3% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3394 Points ∼3%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
2519 Points ∼2% -26%
Average of class Tablet (623 - 4654, n=4)
2438 Points ∼2% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1081 Points ∼1% -68%
OpenCL Score 5.1
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (3756 - 4491, n=2)
4124 Points ∼3% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3756 Points ∼3%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
2932 Points ∼2% -22%
Average of class Tablet (138 - 5353, n=5)
2292 Points ∼2% -39%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1477 Points ∼1% -61%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Points ∼0% -100%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
4707 Points ∼38% +63%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
3338 Points ∼27% +15%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (2893 - 3062, n=2)
2978 Points ∼24% +3%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
2893 Points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
2815 Points ∼23% -3%
Average of class Tablet (498 - 4712, n=21)
1979 Points ∼16% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1207 Points ∼10% -58%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
1127 Points ∼70% +48%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
940 Points ∼58% +24%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
906 Points ∼56% +19%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (759 - 781, n=2)
770 Points ∼48% +1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
759 Points ∼47%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 1127, n=21)
590 Points ∼36% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
345 Points ∼21% -55%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
10952 Points ∼72% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
10255 Points ∼67% +19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9615 Points ∼63% +11%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (8636 - 10322, n=2)
9479 Points ∼62% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8636 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
5518 Points ∼36% -36%
Average of class Tablet (4267 - 12603, n=60)
4914 Points ∼32% -43%
Work performance score
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
14307 Points ∼72% +31%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
13142 Points ∼66% +20%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (10918 - 13947, n=2)
12433 Points ∼62% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
11644 Points ∼58% +7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
10918 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
6144 Points ∼31% -44%
Average of class Tablet (1873 - 14982, n=96)
5329 Points ∼27% -51%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
3830 Points ∼94% +5%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (3658 - 3870, n=2)
3764 Points ∼93% +3%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3658 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
3201 Points ∼79% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
2992 Points ∼74% -18%
Average of class Tablet (1152 - 3658, n=20)
2346 Points ∼58% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2076 Points ∼51% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
8659 Points ∼95% +108%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
8173 Points ∼90% +97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5819 Points ∼64% +40%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4156 - 6369, n=2)
5263 Points ∼58% +27%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4156 Points ∼46%
Average of class Tablet (400 - 8768, n=20)
2120 Points ∼23% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1437 Points ∼16% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
6578 Points ∼94% +63%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6280 Points ∼90% +56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
4809 Points ∼69% +19%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4036 - 5570, n=2)
4803 Points ∼69% +19%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4036 Points ∼58%
Average of class Tablet (469 - 6292, n=20)
1904 Points ∼27% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1543 Points ∼22% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
5277 Points ∼66% +11%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4756 - 5576, n=2)
5166 Points ∼65% +9%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4756 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4447 Points ∼56% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3919 Points ∼49% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2280 Points ∼29% -52%
Average of class Tablet (650 - 4756, n=61)
1950 Points ∼24% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
9356 Points ∼93% +115%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
9157 Points ∼91% +110%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6750 Points ∼67% +55%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4356 - 6657, n=2)
5507 Points ∼55% +26%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4356 Points ∼43%
Average of class Tablet (99 - 9893, n=61)
2021 Points ∼20% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1528 Points ∼15% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
7986 Points ∼95% +79%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
7412 Points ∼88% +66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5816 Points ∼69% +30%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4467 - 6382, n=2)
5425 Points ∼65% +21%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4467 Points ∼53%
Average of class Tablet (129 - 7701, n=61)
1787 Points ∼21% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1649 Points ∼20% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4702 - 5133, n=2)
4918 Points ∼85% +5%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4702 Points ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4436 Points ∼77% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4283 Points ∼74% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3898 Points ∼68% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2283 Points ∼40% -51%
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4702, n=67)
1823 Points ∼32% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
12694 Points ∼44% +188%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
10119 Points ∼35% +130%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
9470 Points ∼33% +115%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4405 - 7970, n=2)
6188 Points ∼22% +40%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4405 Points ∼15%
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=67)
3186 Points ∼11% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2021 Points ∼7% -54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
8823 Points ∼66% +97%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
7563 Points ∼56% +69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7470 Points ∼56% +67%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4472 - 7098, n=2)
5785 Points ∼43% +29%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4472 Points ∼33%
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=67)
2237 Points ∼17% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2074 Points ∼15% -54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4895 Points ∼94% +20%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4096 - 4909, n=2)
4503 Points ∼86% +10%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4267 Points ∼82% +4%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4096 Points ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3695 Points ∼71% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2178 Points ∼42% -47%
Average of class Tablet (729 - 4201, n=77)
1832 Points ∼35% -55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
8299 Points ∼91% +88%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
8257 Points ∼90% +87%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6128 Points ∼67% +38%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4425 - 6478, n=2)
5452 Points ∼59% +23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4425 Points ∼48%
Average of class Tablet (55 - 8894, n=77)
1603 Points ∼17% -64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1472 Points ∼16% -67%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
7157 Points ∼35% +65%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6836 Points ∼34% +58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5346 Points ∼26% +23%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4334 - 6048, n=2)
5191 Points ∼26% +20%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4334 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1586 Points ∼8% -63%
Average of class Tablet (70 - 7098, n=79)
1481 Points ∼7% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4729 Points ∼90% +17%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4056 - 4900, n=2)
4478 Points ∼85% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4056 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
3889 Points ∼74% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3678 Points ∼70% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2199 Points ∼42% -46%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 4482, n=80)
1716 Points ∼33% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
12394 Points ∼87% +191%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
11488 Points ∼80% +170%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9415 Points ∼66% +121%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4256 - 7671, n=2)
5964 Points ∼42% +40%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4256 Points ∼30%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 14283, n=80)
2291 Points ∼16% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2048 Points ∼14% -52%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
9123 Points ∼95% +116%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
8010 Points ∼83% +90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6992 Points ∼73% +66%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4215 - 6815, n=2)
5515 Points ∼57% +31%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4215 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2088 Points ∼22% -50%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 9238, n=81)
1838 Points ∼19% -56%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
42135 Points ∼49% +115%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
40279 Points ∼47% +106%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
34750 Points ∼40% +78%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
32384 Points ∼37% +66%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (19565 - 43459, n=2)
31512 Points ∼36% +61%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
19797 Points ∼23% +1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
19565 Points ∼23%
Average of class Tablet (3675 - 51436, n=174)
14462 Points ∼17% -26%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
221941 Points ∼41% +243%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
150281 Points ∼28% +132%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
107333 Points ∼20% +66%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
79572 Points ∼15% +23%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (64715 - 75073, n=2)
69894 Points ∼13% +8%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64715 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
25625 Points ∼5% -60%
Average of class Tablet (2109 - 221941, n=174)
25191 Points ∼5% -61%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
110846 Points ∼45% +159%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
82937 Points ∼34% +94%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
73307 Points ∼30% +71%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
66452 Points ∼27% +55%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (42861 - 64626, n=2)
53744 Points ∼22% +25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
42861 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
24052 Points ∼10% -44%
Average of class Tablet (2411 - 110846, n=175)
18873 Points ∼8% -56%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
203 fps ∼2% +50%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
200 fps ∼2% +48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
166 fps ∼1% +23%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (135 - 152, n=2)
144 fps ∼1% +7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
135 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
48 fps ∼0% -64%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=196)
37.1 fps ∼0% -73%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
119 fps ∼4% +98%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
90 fps ∼3% +50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
60 fps ∼2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (60 - 60, n=2)
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
44 fps ∼1% -27%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=200)
23.9 fps ∼1% -60%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
122 fps ∼20% +91%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
100 fps ∼16% +56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
97 fps ∼16% +52%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (64 - 106, n=2)
85 fps ∼14% +33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64 fps ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
26 fps ∼4% -59%
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=130)
25.3 fps ∼4% -60%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
88 fps ∼24% +100%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
59 fps ∼16% +34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
56 fps ∼15% +27%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (44 - 60, n=2)
52 fps ∼14% +18%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
44 fps ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
24 fps ∼7% -45%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=136)
17.5 fps ∼5% -60%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
86 fps ∼2% +110%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
72 fps ∼2% +76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
66 fps ∼1% +61%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (41 - 56, n=2)
48.5 fps ∼1% +18%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼1%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=82)
22.7 fps ∼0% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
16 fps ∼0% -61%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
77 fps ∼2% +126%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
58 fps ∼2% +71%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (34 - 73, n=2)
53.5 fps ∼2% +57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
38 fps ∼1% +12%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
34 fps ∼1%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=82)
15.1 fps ∼0% -56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
14 fps ∼0% -59%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
33 fps ∼21% +154%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
30 fps ∼19% +131%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (13 - 26, n=2)
19.5 fps ∼12% +50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
16 fps ∼10% +23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
13 fps ∼8%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=32)
10.3 fps ∼7% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
5.8 fps ∼4% -55%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
22 fps ∼9% +29%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
20 fps ∼8% +18%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (17 - 19, n=2)
18 fps ∼7% +6%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
15 fps ∼6% -12%
Average of class Tablet (0.8 - 51.1, n=32)
9.95 fps ∼4% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
3.6 fps ∼1% -79%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
51 fps ∼25% +200%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
47 fps ∼23% +176%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (17 - 40, n=2)
28.5 fps ∼14% +68%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
24 fps ∼12% +41%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼8%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=32)
15.5 fps ∼8% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
9.7 fps ∼5% -43%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
56 fps ∼10% +37%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
54 (20min) fps ∼9% +32%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (41 - 49, n=2)
45 fps ∼8% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
42 fps ∼7% +2%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼7%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 134, n=32)
26.6 fps ∼5% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
10 fps ∼2% -76%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
50 fps ∼11% +32%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
50 fps ∼11% +32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
40 fps ∼9% +5%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (38 - 41, n=2)
39.5 fps ∼9% +4%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
38 fps ∼9%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=58)
16.3 fps ∼4% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
10 fps ∼2% -74%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
45 fps ∼17% +114%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
44 fps ∼17% +110%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (21 - 34, n=2)
27.5 fps ∼10% +31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
23 fps ∼9% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
21 fps ∼8%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=58)
10.2 fps ∼4% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
9.6 fps ∼4% -54%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
712218 Points ∼95% +74%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
595466 Points ∼79% +46%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
498708 Points ∼66% +22%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (409039 - 483224, n=2)
446132 Points ∼59% +9%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
409039 Points ∼54%
Average of class Tablet (78450 - 751846, n=16)
324526 Points ∼43% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
177197 Points ∼24% -57%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1514 Points ∼74% +47%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
1270 Points ∼62% +23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
1249 Points ∼61% +21%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (1032 - 1462, n=2)
1247 Points ∼61% +21%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
1032 Points ∼51%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=123)
772 Points ∼38% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
11567 Points ∼40% +32%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
10781 Points ∼37% +23%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (8775 - 10112, n=2)
9444 Points ∼33% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9372 Points ∼32% +7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8775 Points ∼30%
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=124)
2440 Points ∼8% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2154 Points ∼7% -75%
Memory
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
7945 Points ∼90% +18%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
6751 Points ∼76%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (6130 - 6751, n=2)
6441 Points ∼73% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5617 Points ∼63% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4497 Points ∼51% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1670 Points ∼19% -75%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 6751, n=124)
1304 Points ∼15% -81%
System
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
10002 Points ∼61% +22%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
9478 Points ∼58% +15%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (8215 - 9309, n=2)
8762 Points ∼53% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
8360 Points ∼51% +2%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8215 Points ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
4657 Points ∼28% -43%
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=124)
2712 Points ∼16% -67%
Overall
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
6072 Points ∼72% +28%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4738 - 5389, n=2)
5064 Points ∼60% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
4915 Points ∼58% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
4842 Points ∼57% +2%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4738 Points ∼56%
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=123)
1426 Points ∼17% -70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
637 Points ∼8% -87%

Legend

 
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 990, ARM Mali-G76 MP16, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 Apple A12Z Bionic, Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm Adreno 640, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Samsung Exynos 9611, ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Exynos 990, ARM Mali-G77 MP11, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
124.503 Points ∼100% +126%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
66.971 Points ∼54% +22%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 126, n=19)
61.7 Points ∼50% +12%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (55.1 - 65.9, n=2)
60.5 Points ∼49% +10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
55.115 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
27.459 Points ∼22% -50%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
274.4 Points ∼100% +171%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
118.05 Points ∼43% +17%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (101 - 115, n=2)
108 Points ∼39% +7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
101.24 Points ∼37%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 279, n=108)
61 Points ∼22% -40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
50.255 Points ∼18% -50%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
141 Points ∼100% +45%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (97 - 119, n=2)
108 Points ∼77% +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
104 Points ∼74% +7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
97 Points ∼69%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 182, n=43)
74.8 Points ∼53% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
54 Points ∼38% -44%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chome 80)
125 runs/min ∼100% +96%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (63.9 - 74.1, n=2)
69 runs/min ∼55% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
66.2 runs/min ∼53% +4%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
63.9 runs/min ∼51%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 139, n=28)
55 runs/min ∼44% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
29.2 runs/min ∼23% -54%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
42372 Points ∼100% +113%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
24654 Points ∼58% +24%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (19885 - 23568, n=2)
21727 Points ∼51% +9%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
19885 Points ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
9415 Points ∼22% -53%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 45734, n=193)
7803 Points ∼18% -61%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (603 - 43092, n=205)
8823 ms * ∼100% -276%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
4871.7 ms * ∼55% -108%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
2344.9 ms * ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
2175.7 ms * ∼25% +7%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 990 (1963 - 2345, n=2)
2154 ms * ∼24% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
646.4 ms * ∼7% +72%

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LiteAverage 256 GB UFS 3.0 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-13%
-34%
-8%
-68%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
71.72 (NM Card)
54.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-24%
65.31 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-9%
59.8 (30.7 - 71.7, n=5)
-17%
50.2 (14 - 73.8, n=72)
-30%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.42 (NM Card)
70.47 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-14%
78.33 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
70.6 (34.7 - 82.5, n=5)
-14%
68.1 (17.6 - 87.7, n=72)
-17%
Random Write 4KB
262.42
170.16
-35%
195.78
-25%
183 (24.8 - 272, n=19)
-30%
11.5 (0.13 - 262, n=224)
-96%
Random Read 4KB
224.61
191.65
-15%
119.84
-47%
206 (169 - 265, n=19)
-8%
25.9 (1.04 - 230, n=224)
-88%
Sequential Write 256KB
398.96
522.31
31%
219.34
-45%
536 (387 - 756, n=19)
34%
57 (2.04 - 732, n=224)
-86%
Sequential Read 256KB
1788.66
1415.55
-21%
483.72
-73%
1595 (1398 - 1789, n=19)
-11%
149 (6.75 - 1789, n=224)
-92%

Games - Mali-G76 MP16 as a GPU in the MatePad Pro

The Mali-G76 MP16 uses 16 clusters and is based on the 2nd generation of the Bifrost architecture. The offered graphics performance ensures smooth gameplay even while playing demanding games like PUBG Mobile using the highest details. The shooter holds a frame rate of around 40FPS even when playing with the highest quality. When using the lowest graphics settings on PUBG or playing the racing game Real Racing 3, framerates of up to 60 FPS are possible. We use the GameBench app to determine the frame rates.

The integrated position sensors work without problems during gaming, and the touchscreen works precisely. 

Real Racing 3
Real Racing 3
PUBG mobile
PUBG mobile
PUBG Compare
0102030405060Tooltip
; Smooth: Ø59.8 (59-60)
; Balanced: Ø39.9 (36-41)
; HD: Ø39.9 (39-41)
Real Racing 3
0102030405060Tooltip
: Ø59.6 (50-60)

Emissions - Hardly any waste heat from the MatePad Pro

Temperature

The case of the MatePad Pro hardly gets warm during everyday use. We used the battery test of the GFXBench app to check how much waste heat is generated during a sustained load. The Manhattan 3.1 test shows that the frame rate drops significantly after a short load, which means that performance drops under load are possible.

GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test
GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test
GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test
GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test
GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test
GFXBench 3.1 Battery Test
Max. Load
 29.2 °C
85 F
28.3 °C
83 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 28.2 °C
83 F
28.3 °C
83 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 25.9 °C
79 F
26.5 °C
80 F
31.9 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 32.6 °C = 91 F
Average: 29.3 °C = 85 F
27.6 °C
82 F
28.2 °C
83 F
29.6 °C
85 F
27.9 °C
82 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28 °C
82 F
27 °C
81 F
27.1 °C
81 F
Maximum: 29.6 °C = 85 F
Average: 28 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.6 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.6 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.6 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.3 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - heat map
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - heat map
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - heat map
Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) - heat map

Speaker

Speaker Test: Pink Noise
Speaker Test: Pink Noise

We really like the quad-speaker sound system of the MatePad Pro. The four speakers are sufficiently loud at just under 84 dB and hardly distort. The recorded curve in the pink noise test is relatively linear, and there is a reasonable bass response.

The sound is outputted to external devices via USB-C and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the MatePad Pro does not have a 3.5 mm jack plug. In the case of wireless playback using BT 5.1, the aptX HD codec can't be used.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.840.22519.630.43123.924.74024.326.15030.535.56318.724.68020.431.910018.642.112517.551.816019.561.820019.260.925016.46731515.269.240014.269.650014.771.663013.874.580014.675.2100014.172.1125013.573.2160014.470.3200013.971.6250013.871.6315013.874400014.769.7500014.272630014.469.9800014.966.6100001566.31250015.149.41600015.341.3SPL26.583.8N0.863.4median 14.7median 69.7Delta0.85.642.340.440.741.131.138.634.34334.751.928.946.423.840.926.249.42253.720.757.32157.218.657.117.762.517.268.31970.51771.515.27217.369.715.468.618.564.615.958.715.165.614.464.314.860.115.161.215.363.815.664.915.961.416.161.216.65760.869.667.428.378.515.224.219.31.145.8median 16.6median 62.51.65.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MatePad Pro 10.8Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 87% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, 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 21%, worst was 65%

Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 6.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power management - Huawei tablet with wireless charging

Energy consumption

The MatePad Pro is the first Huawei tablet to support 15-watt wireless charging, and 7.5-watt reverse wireless charging is also possible. When using the 20-watt fast charging power supply, the battery is recharged after 2 hours. However, even when connected to main power, the tablet loses battery power when under load since the included power supply is (apparently) not powerful enough.   

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.39 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.98 / 5.66 / 5.69 Watt
Load midlight 6.96 / 6.98 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
7538 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7040 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
7040 mAh
Power Consumption
-36%
11%
12%
Idle Minimum *
1.98
1.3
34%
1.96
1%
1.21
39%
Idle Average *
5.66
3.5
38%
2.8
51%
4.24
25%
Idle Maximum *
5.69
5.6
2%
2.82
50%
4.34
24%
Load Average *
6.96
12.5
-80%
5.31
24%
6.99
-0%
Load Maximum *
6.98
19.2
-175%
11.91
-71%
8.79
-26%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The MatePad Pro lasted about 15 hours in our Wi-Fi test. While using maximum brightness, the lights on the Huawei tablet went out after about 4 hours under load. Thanks to the 7,250 mAh battery, the device can last long enough for a workday.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
31h 17min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 51min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 53min
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
7538 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7040 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
7040 mAh
Battery Runtime
-1%
-7%
10%
Reader / Idle
1877
2001
7%
1276
-32%
2120
13%
H.264
909
936
3%
872
-4%
950
5%
WiFi v1.3
891
902
1%
556
-38%
792
-11%
Load
233
197
-15%
340
46%
309
33%

Pros

+ modern design & beautiful workmanship
+ bright 1600p panel
+ fast memory
+ very good speakers
+ good features
+ powerful CPU...

Cons

- ...with a weak GPU
- no 3.5 mm jack
- no fingerprint sensor
- PWM
- no 40 W power supply ex-works
- throttling
- (no GMS)

Verdict - The MatePad Pro is a premium niche tablet

In review: Huawei MatePad Pro. Test device provided by TradingShenzhen.
In review: Huawei MatePad Pro. Test device provided by TradingShenzhen.

A general verdict about the latest Huawei tablet is almost impossible given the lack of Google mobile services and the lack of a Widevine L1 certification - individual preferences and personal usage behavior are core here. Multimedia lovers need to be aware that playback of DRM-protected content is very poor. We will clarify whether this ends up affecting the German version as soon as the test sample with German software reaches us.

The lack of Google services makes it very difficult to use Google apps and leads to problems with many third-party apps. Applications from external sources can be installed, but this introduces a security risk for inexperienced users, and even experienced users will sometimes not understand the way APK files from external sources will interact with their system.

Despite this, the MatePad Pro offers a good sounding speaker system, long runtimes, and decent performance. In addition, the tablet from Huawei has very good construction and features that are rarely found in the tablet market, such as wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

But the hardware of the MatePad Pro is not beyond criticism. Given the price range, the tablet should come with a secure biometric unlock option and a sufficiently powerful 40-watt power supply. In addition, a premium tablet can either have an OLED display or an IPS display with a high refresh rate à la the iPad Pro. The decision to go with LC technology and its weaknesses (clouding, viewing angles), in combination with the punch-hole (which creates shadows), will not make display fans happy. 

The MatePad Pro is a beautiful tablet, but overall it is not really recommendable for most. 

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Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 - 07/06/2020 v7
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Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
69 / 80 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
56 / 70 → 80%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 91%
Battery
90%
Display
87%
Games Performance
48 / 78 → 62%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 84%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
88 / 91 → 97%
Camera
64 / 85 → 76%
Average
80%
88%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Huawei MatePad Pro (5G) 10.8 tablet review - An Android alternative to the Apple iPad Pro 11?
Marcus Herbrich, 2020-08- 9 (Update: 2020-08- 9)
Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Editor
My great passion has always been mobile technologies, especially smartphones. As a technology enthusiast, the half-life of my devices is not exactly high and the latest hardware is just good enough - manufacturer or operating system plays a minor role, the main thing is state-of-the-art