Huawei MatePad Pro, opinions after first contact. Video and photos..

Yesterday there was a certain virtual MWC 2020 and among the brands that presented news was Huawei, with that new Huawei Mate Xs as the star of the event. But there were more protagonists and one of them is an interesting tablet that we could test, so we tell you our first impressions of the Huawei MatePad Pro.

The tablet was officially presented in November, taking advantage of the occasion to announce its arrival in Europe. A device of 10.8 inch with a 5G-ready version and software focused on taking advantage of this format (at least in theory). And the best thing is that we have been able to test it, so we will tell you how about it.

Huawei MatePad Pro, opinions after first contact.  Video and photos.

Leaving aside the usual materials, but not wireless charging

The design of this tablet is quite curious and striking. With the 16:10 format for that 10.8-inch screen, it is somewhat longer than other tablets with a similar diagonal panel, but what is most striking is that back made with vegan leather, instead of the usual metal, glass or polycarbonate.

It is a finish that we may like more or less, but it has a couple of interesting aspects for continued use: it seems much more resistant to scratches than metal and to breakage than glass, besides that it does not get dirty easily and that does not slip. Plus does not prevent the device from having wireless charging, so objectively it carries many advantages.

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What also stands out for the better is that the front is very well used. With no physical buttons on it, the bezels can be shortened quite a bit, with the camera built into the screen without a notch. The physical buttons are on the sides, by the way, the volume buttons on one side and the power / lock button on the other.

Is quite light and thin considering the size. The good thing is also that the cover with the keyboard does not add too much weight and the set is quite practical.

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The stylus (M Pencil) is also quite simple and light. It does not have any button (later we will talk a little about its operation and functions) and it is attached to the tablet magnetically, charging that way (in theory 30 seconds of charging gives 10 minutes of use and one hour gives a full charge, in the demo room they were not exhausted as they were continuously attached to the tablet). Of course, it is not included in the model with 5G and in this case it has to be purchased separately, such as the keyboard.

In terms of design and aesthetics, we found it to be well resolved

Huawei MatePad Pro, opinions after first contact.  Video and photos.

In general, in terms of design and aesthetics, we found it to be well resolved. The rear camera stands out quite a bit, but it does not bother when resting it on a surface nor is it easy to cover it when used regardless of the orientation, so at this level it gave us a very good feeling.

By the way, the MediaPad Pro is available in two colors: blue and orange. Give him a more carefree air to the product (especially the second one) without being something too flashy, which could fit different types of users.

A screen that shows that adapted software very well

The screen has a resolution that gives a definition more than enough, without missing sharpness. We have not been able to test it outdoors, but they were indoors with abundant and even direct lighting and the brightness level was more than sufficient.

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Factory comes quite saturated still in normal color mode (being IPS), but we can adjust the color hue and temperature. Good in terms of viewing angles and contrast, with a good tactile response to both keystrokes and the M Pen.

Of course, although we could not squeeze the stylus too much, we did see that it has somewhat higher latency than others like the Apple Pencil or the S Pen, without being something annoying either. We were able to test it with the Nebo app, which is used to transcribe the line by hand to text and it works quite well.

Talking about software, the tablet comes with EMUI 10 on Android 10 and Huawei services (HMS), with apps from the App Gallery. What we were able to test was what was already installed as the devices were not connected, although what most interested us was to check the improvements adapted to the tablet format.

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What we were able to make work was the floating window, the same way it worked on the Mate Xs. We will have to wait for the final software to try the Multiplier App, but it seems to be an experience similar to the one that iPad OS gives and the floating window works quite well.

Of course, although it is very easy to launch a task in this way, as we discussed in the Mate Xs could get a little more juice out of this function. For example, the window could be resized or multiple apps open. However, as we say it works well and the tasks are neither interrupted nor blocked.

All this is favored by hardware that seems to be more than enough. The Kirin 990 and 6 GB of RAM are enough to move the software fluently, especially speaking of this large multitasking that these devices present. We will have to see the multi-window combo and games, but at least for the time we were looking for the tickles we also did not notice excess temperature or lag.

The tablet also sounds a lot, not even at maximum volume. It was not possible to do a quality analysis in the environment of the demo, but at least it has power and those four speakers seem to deliver at that level.

Huawei MatePad Pro, opinions after first contact.  Video and photos.

Different weapons to compete in a market with few (but important) rivals

At the hardware and performance level, the MatePad Pro It seems a rival at the height of other tablets current on the market, fitting in appearance to various usage profiles (children, professional, entertainment, etc.). The work with the multi-window and the synchronization with the mobiles of the house also looks good, although it will be necessary to see if this manages to convince despite the lack of Google services.

Of course, it is a product well built and quite versatile now only with the standard software and without exploring all the apps that are compatible with the functions within the App Gallery. It works well and has the incentive of having models with 5G for those who prioritize this feature, so let’s see how it works in the international market.