Huawei launches MatePad Pro to take on Apple's iPad Pro
Taking on Apple's popular iPad Pro, arch rival Huawei has launched its Android-based MatePad Pro tablet in China. The flagship device comes with an iPad Pro-like design, a folio keyboard and a companion stylus called the M-Pencil stylus. As for hardware, Huawei has been fairly generous to offer a QHD+ screen, wireless charging support, and the 5G-enabled Kirin 990 processor.
The Huawei MatePad Pro looks heavily inspired by the iPad Pro with rounded corners, slimmer bezels, and a thin metallic body. However, it gets a punch-hole design to house the front-facing camera and offer a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. The tablet offers a 10.8-inch screen with a QHD+ (2560x1600 pixels) resolution and supports M-Pencil stylus that magnetically attaches to the tablet and charges wirelessly.
The Huawei MatePad Pro comes with a single 13MP (f/1.8) rear camera with an LED flash. It offers photography features like HDR, panorama, and supports 4K video recording at 30fps. On the front, it houses an 8MP (f/2.0) camera for video calls and selfies.
The Huawei MatePad Pro is powered by a Kirin 990 processor, paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB/512GB of storage. Under the hood, it runs Android 10-based EMUI 10 (sans Google support) and packs a 7,250mAh battery with 40W fast-charging, 27W wireless fast-charging, and 7.5W reverse wireless charging. Moreover, the tablet includes support for dual-band Wi-Fi, 5G/4G, Bluetooth 5.1, Type-C port, and four speakers.
The Huawei MatePad Pro starts at €550 (Rs. 42,700) for the Wi-Fi-only 6GB/128GB entry-level model and goes up to €750 (Rs. 58,200) for the 8GB/512GB 5G model. The Wi-Fi only and LTE will become available in Europe in April, but there is no word on availability of the 5G models as of now.