Huawei was one of the companies that still produces tablets Android premium. We say so far because it has just announced the arrival of HarmonyOS, its new operating system which is already present in three of its new tablets MatePad.
Two new MatePad Pro models are joined by a cheaper third, and the good news is that all are expected to launch globally (except North America) to make Harmony OS a global platform that can compete with Android and iOS. .
Next, we’re going to walk you through a practical point of view, everything you need to know about the three new tablets arriving with their proprietary operating system, providing our take on what we’ve seen so far. present.
When will the new Huawei MatePad be released?
Huawei announced the three new MatePad models at the launch event that took place on June 2 on Harmony OS, but has yet to confirm when they will go on sale globally.
However, what’s interesting here is that pre-orders are already being supported in China, ahead of the product availability date which has been set for June 10.
In fact, the original Huawei MatePad Pro debuted in December 2019 in China, eventually arriving in Europe months later in May 2020, so keep in mind that we may still have to wait a while. time to be able to buy one.
The new MatePads have been launched with a few smartwatches, the Huawei Watch 3 and the Huawei Watch 3 Pro, and we also got to see during the presentation some details on what the Huawei P50 will be, although without information on its final launch. .
How much will Huawei MatePad tablets cost with HarmonyOS?
Huawei has not disclosed the final price for the West and the rest of the countries outside of Asia. In China, the 12.6-inch model will start at RMB 4,999 ($ 780) for a Wi-Fi model with 128 GB of storage, and up to RMB 7,999 ($ 1,250) for the 5G model with 256 GB of storage. storage.
For its part, the 10.8-inch MatePad Pro starts at 3,799 yuan ($ 600). We still don’t have a benchmark price for the MatePad 11.
To get an idea of the prices they might have here in Europe and more specifically in Europe, we can take the previous model MatePad Pro, which was launched in Europe at the RRP price of $ 549 (currently at a reduced price of 499 $).
This model is essentially the same as the new 10.8in MatePad Pro, so expect the new 12.6in Pro to cost more than that and the 11in MatePad to cost a little less.
Due to the ban imposed by the United States government, Huawei does not sell products in this territory, so do not expect the new MatePads to be marketed in large areas of the country, as they can. to be. Best buy O Amazon.com.
What are the new specifications for the MatePad Pro?
Huawei introduced some key updates in the new generation of tablets MatePad Pro, including the fact that there are now two with the introduction of the larger 12.6-inch model.
12.6-inch MatePad Pro Specifications
Huawei uses an OLED display with impressive color gamut and accuracy: 100% DCI-P3 coverage, HDR10 support, 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio and Delta-E value less than 0, 5.
The main downside is the refresh rate, which is limited to 60Hz, while the resolution is 1600 x 2560 pixels. The bezel is thin at 5.6mm, with a 90% screen-to-body ratio, despite the decision to move the front camera to this bezel.
This means that the display is uninterrupted, with no holes or notches on its panel. In addition to video calls and selfies, this front camera is used for face unlocking. Huawei didn’t include a fingerprint scanner, so it’s either that or using an outdated PIN.
On the back, there’s a triple camera setup: a main camera, an ultra-wide sensor, and a 3D depth sensor, though we’re still waiting for more detailed specs.
Inside, it’s powered by Huawei’s Kirin 9000E chipset, combined with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, although more SKUs may be available. Eight speakers and four microphones provide the audio experience. There is no 5G, but there is a 4G LTE version and it also supports wifi 6.
The battery in this model is 10,050mAh with a rated capacity of 14 hours of use, and it also supports 40W wired charging, as well as 27W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging for power other devices.
The support for a new version of Huawei’s M-Pencil stylus stands out. It is now hexagonal in shape, with a transparent tip. It includes new touch controls and can be magnetically attached and charged wirelessly.
At 6.7mm, the 12.6in model is slim and weighs just 609 grams, desp ite the large screen. That’s without the smart keyboard case and upgraded M-Pencil stylus, both sold separately.
Finally, the MatePad Pro will be available in vegan, gray, silver and green leather, but only the gray and green models will be planned for global marketing.
10.8-inch MatePad Pro Specifications
The 10.8-inch display model is actually an upgraded version of last year’s MatePad Pro, with the addition of HarmonyOS and a modification of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset.
You can read our see again of last year’s model for a full rundown of what this 10.8-inch model has to offer. The main points of differentiation of the new Pro are that it uses an LCD screen rather than OLED, and it only has a 13 MP rear camera.
It also still uses a hole-punch camera, rather than moving it to the scope. The smaller 7,250mAh battery is expected to offer slightly shorter battery life than the overall 12.6-inch (we saw 8-9 hours in our review last year).
But the load capacities are essentially the same. There is also a single four-speaker setup, not the eight speakers we found on the larger model.
Huawei has confirmed that the updated 10.8-inch MatePad Pro will also support the new smart keyboard and second-generation M-Pencil. It will be launched worldwide with a gray finish.
What are the specifications of the MatePad 11?
The standard MatePad is simpler because there is only one model, with an 11-inch screen. The technically 10.95-inch panel has the same resolution as the Pro models, but it has the advantage of offering a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
This is certainly an unexpected update from the Pro models, adding dynamic refresh rate support to save battery power when this setting is not required.
The 86% screen-to-body ratio is still impressive, and like the 12.6in Pro, the webcam is positioned in the bezel, eliminating the need for a notch or hole in the front panel.
It is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. It still has a four mic setup, but it only has four speakers. It runs HarmonyOS and also supports a smart keyboard accessory and the new M-Pencil. It will be released in gray for the West.