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Review: Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021)

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Huawei announced a slew of new devices under its “Super Device” lineup and one of those was the Huawei MatePad Pro. This is the first tablet from Huawei that runs on the company’s new HarmonyOS. The 12.6-inch Huawei MatePad Pro is the company’s flagship tablet and it comes packed with the powerful Kirin 9000E Chipset. This is a 5nm processor that offers impressive performance and at the same time, an extended battery life.

DESIGN
Once you take the device out of the packaging, you will be surprised with the top-notch build quality. It looks and feels premium.

The Huawei MatePad Pro is slick and well built. The tablet is available in two variations – an Olive Green variant that comes with a vegan leather finish at the back of the device, and the classic Matte Grey. We received the Olive Green variant for this review.

DISPLAY
The Huawei MatePad Pro weighs just 609-gms and measures 6.7mm in thickness. On the front, you get a gorgeous 12.6-inch OLED FullView Display that offers a resolution of 2560-by-1600 pixels, and a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It also supports DCI-P3 Wide Colour Gamut, achieves a professional-grade colour accuracy level of ΔE<0.5, and offers a high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.

HARDWARE
As mentioned earlier, the Huawei MatePad Pro runs on the 5nm Kirin 9000E processor. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. On the left edge of the device, when holding in landscape format, you will find the power button and the grilles of the stereo speakers.

On the right edge, you will find the USB-C port and the grilles of the stereo speakers. On the top edge, you will find the volume rockers and noise-canceling microphones and on the bottom edge, you will find a Nano Memory Card slot to expand the storage capacity on the device.

CAMERA
On the front, just above the display, you will find an 8MP camera that offers an aperture of f/2.0. At the rear, you will find a triple camera setup – it’s a combination of a 13MP wide-angle primary camera that offers an aperture of F/1.8, and an ultra-wide angle 8MP camera that offers an aperture of f/2.4. And then there’s a 3D depth-sensing lens. In terms of video capture, the rear cameras can do 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps, while the front camera can do 1080p@30fps.

BATTERY AND SPEAKERS
The MatePad Pro comes with a 10,050 mAh battery that offers a longer battery life and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge. In addition, you also get 27W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. Now, that’s impressive.

In terms of audio performance, the Huawei MatePad Pro comes built-in with a total of eight speakers hidden behind four grilles. Huawei has used one large speaker for low and mid-tones and one smaller for high-tones – and this combo is repeated four times – two on each side.

The speaker setup has been tuned by Harman Kardon, and during our review, we found the audio quality to be outstanding. The Huawei MatePad Pro is possibly of the best sounding tablets out there on the market right now.

HARMONY OS
The Huawei MatePad Pro is the first tablet from the company that runs the new HarmonyOS 2.0. Many may be skeptical about a new operating system, after being accustomed to either the Android or iOS platforms on mobile devices. I was, too.

However, the overall user experience on the Huawei MatePad Pro running HarmonyOS felt outstanding. There’s no learning curve involved – the transition from Android to HarmonyOS felt like a walk in the park. The interface is very similar and is in fact, quite refined in some ways.

Everything felt snappier and lag-free – whether it was browsing between multiple app windows, gaming, productivity tasks, online browsing, watching videos, playing music, you name it. The only thing that you may need to get used to is installing apps on the MatePad Pro. However, even that may feel effortless, thanks to Petal Search.

PERFORMANCE
As I mentioned before, I was impressed by the overall performance and experience of using HarmonyOS. Everything felt butter-smooth and tasks were accomplished lag-free. The MatePad gorgeous OLED FullView display is a treat to your eyes. Colours pop out of the screen and everything looked excellent, whether you are watching a movie, playing games, or even editing photos on Photoshop Express.

The MatePad Pro’s eight-speaker system, tuned by Harman Kardon, produces impressive bass and clarity whether you’re gaming, streaming music, or watching a movie. I was equally impressed with the lack of distortion even at higher volume levels.

HarmonyOS works really well, too. It offers a dock at the bottom, home screens you can populate with shortcuts and widgets, app drawers, and lots more. You also get separate Notification and Control centers and Huawei offers plenty of new services such as Cross-OS Multi-Device collaboration, Super Device hub, Snippets, pop-up previews, intuitive multitasking, and so on.

The MatePad Pro 12.6 supports Multi-Screen Collaboration. It’s a mode you activate from the Control Center. Here you have three choices – Mirror Mode, Extend Mode, and Collaborate Mode. Mirror Mode mirrors your Huawei laptop screen on your tablet, and you can use the M-Pencil and the touchscreen for drawing, writing, and sketches.

Extend Mode makes your tablet screen an extension to your Windows desktop on your Huawei laptop. Like having a second monitor. Finally, the most interesting one is the Collaborate Mode. It is a cross-platform collaboration – you can drag and drop content (files, texts, links) between both devices in both directions with your mouse.

You can also connect a Huawei phone and have its screen appear on your tablet display. Drag and drop file exchange works flawlessly; you can also use the tablet to make calls or write texts, no need to unlock and use your smartphone. It’s a handy feature, but you’d need a Huawei smartphone running EMUI 10 or later for that feature to work.

Having said all of that, the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is an excellent tablet that offers a gorgeous design, great OLED screen, very good performance, powerful speakers, incredible battery life, and outstanding HarmonyOS. If you are on the market looking for a very good tablet, that offers all of the above-mentioned features, you should definitely take a look at the Huawei MatePad Pro.

Price: AED 3399 onwards

Photography by Ranbir Sen

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) AED 3399 onwards
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The Huawei MatePad Pro runs on the 5nm Kirin 9000E processor. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. On the left edge of the device, when holding in landscape format, you will find the power button and the grilles of the stereo speakers.

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