After quite a few teasers and leaks, the Huawei MatePad Pro tablet is finally official. It’s a 10.8 inch slate with a powerful Kirin 990 CPU inside and with a pretty decent price. It’s clearly a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 rival and also an iPad Pro rival, but one that has a few extras.
First of all, the MatePad Pro brings a few premieres: it’s the first tablet with a punch hole selfie camera and also the first tablet with reverse wireless charging support. It’s made of glass and metal and measures 7.2 mm in thickness, plus it weighs just 460 grams. The interesting bit is the screen to body ratio, which is 90% and definitely better than what Samsung and Apple are proposing right now.
Upfront there’s a 10.8 inch AMOLED screen with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The bezels measure just 4.9 mm and inside the cutout upfront there’s an 8 MP selfie camera. We also get quad speakers here and a main 13 MP camera with LED flash. The device uses a Kirin 990 processor, with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and also with 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. It’ll also come in WiFi or 4G LTE versions.
The battery is a generous 7250 mAh unit, that supports 40W wired charging and also 15W wireless charging. There’s also 7.5W reverse wireless charging used to juice up other devices. There’s also an M Pen stylus for input and drawing, plus a keyboard case to attach to the device. It runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10, but sans Google Play Store or the Google apps on board. The color choice is white, black, green or orange and the starting price is $470 for the 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage WiFi model.
The 5G one with similar specs starts at $540 and tops at $640 for 8 GB RAM/256 GB. A 5G version will come in Q1 2020.