The Huawei MatePad Pro is now official in Germany with a Kirin 9000E, 16:10 OLED panel, and more ↺
Huawei has launched its flagship MatePad Pro tablet in Germany. We can't help but wonder why Huawei called it the MatePad Pro when it is technically the successor to the original MatePad Pro launched earlier. While one could consider it a direct competitor to the iPad Pro, its spec sheet suggests that it lacks some key features to take on Apple's tablet. Even last year's Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ outshines it in some places. The main problem, however, is that the Huawei MatePad Pro does not ship with the Google Play Store. Instead, it runs HarmonyOS 2.0 out of the box, meaning that you'll have to rely on Huawei's AppGallery to get your fix of apps.
The Huawei MatePad Pro ships with a 12.6-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and typical brightness of 400 nits. It is HDR10 certified and covers 100% of the DCI-P3 and NTSC colour gamut. However, Huawei has opted to set its refresh rate at 60Hz, which is a tad disappointing. Moving on to the Huawei MatePad Pro's innards, we get a HiSilicon Kirin 9000E chipset. The tablet ships with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which can be further expanded using Huawei's proprietary memory cards. Lastly, a 10,000mAh battery powers the Huawei MatePad Pro. Huawei is also throwing in a 40W charger in the box. But it unclear if the tablet will support higher wattages.
Huawei has kept the MatePad Pro's camera subsystem quite simple. At the back, you get a 13MP primary sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens. An 8MP module handle selfies and video calls. Wireless connectivity options include 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi-6, Bluetooth 5.2, and GPS. Cellular connectivity is not included, unfortunately. Lastly, the Huawei MatePad Pro has eight speakers, four microphones, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Price and availability
The Huawei MatePad Pro will be available for purchase in Germany starting at EUR 799 on June 13. Anyone who purchases it between June 14 and August 17 will get a Smart Magnetic Keyboard and a Huawei M-Pencil for free. Independently, both gadgets are worth EUR 248, so it is quite a good deal. Huawei should tell us more about its global availability soon. However, stocks could be severely limited due to the general paucity of Kirin 9000 chips.