Huawei just showed that Apple and Samsung are not the only tech giants that can give the world some of the most amazing pieces of technology in the form of tablets. Taking the famous punch-hole display concept from smartphones further, Huawei has introduced the 10.8 AMOLED paneled MatePad Pro.
Long before the tablet was released, it was pretty clear via a leak that the brand new creation by Huawei did bear a strong resemblance to Apple’s 11 inch iPad Pro. However, with its release, Huawei made it clear that MatePad Pro is nothing like Apple’s iPad Pro. With an even slimmer 4.9mm bezel, the tablet features an 8-megapixel front camera. The tablet features a resolution higher than that of iPad Pro- 2560 x 1600 display resulting in a very bright 540 nits, all the while supporting the DCI – P3 color gamut. The tablets weigh 460 grams at a thickness of 7.2mm.
The MatePad Pro sports a Kirin 990 processor and is based on Android 10-based EMUI 10 rather than Huwaei’s own HarmonyOS. With a 13 megapixel camera and 7,250mAH battery, the tablet certainly lives up to ‘Pro’ in its name. The tablet has a 40W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, and 7.5W reverse wireless charging. And we are not even halfway there. Also, it comes with a quad Harman Kardon speakers and a 5-microphone array. The sweet piece of technology also has a multiscreen collaboration mode for the users to emulate a Huwaei smartphone on the tablet’ screen in real-time.
For all those old schools out there, the tablet also provides the users with a traditional PC interface via laptop mode, which also provides multi-window functionality. Huawei also provides the tablet with an attached keyboard and an M Pen stylus for greater accuracy to help artists with their masterpieces. The devices are available in China in White, Black, Green, and Orange shades. The pre-ordering began on November 25, while the official sales are said to commence on December 12.
The tablet has all features one can ask for, but there is a major drawback that could pull it a few leaps back. Ever since the Trump administration placed the Chinese brand on the entity list, the business Huawei did with the US companies have reduced considerably. The result of the implication was pretty drastic as Google blocked the tech giant from accessing the Android updates, so the MatePad Pro is launched without Google services. The lack of Google apps such as Play Store, Gmail, and Maps may act as the main reason for the downfall of the MatePad Pro.
Not just Google but ARM, a UK based chip designer also ceased all its business with Huawei along with WiFi Alliance and the SD Association, which governs the tech used for connectivity and mobile storage.
With 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, the metallic version of the tablet will cost 3,299 yuan, which is almost $470. The metallic version is the one that comes with neither a keyboard nor a stylus. The metallic version with LTE will start at 3,799 yuan, which is about $540. With 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage, the tablet will start at $710 and will come with a keyboard and the stylus.
The tablet will be available in stores in China but will not be released in the US. Also, there is no information on whether the tablet will be available in Europe or not. however, Huawei has confirmed that MatePad Pro will be making its way to Australia. Also, Huawei has announced that the 5G version for the tablet is currently under work and will hopefully arrive in Q1 2020.
Huawei is certainly bringing out some pretty amazing gadgets to the market, but with its tumultuous status with the US market might be a great cause of concern. After the ban, Huawei was issued a temporary license by the US Commerce Department, which allowed the company to work with business in the US but on a short term basis. In July, at the G20 summit in Japan, President Trump even suggested that the ban on Huawei would soon end, and by mid-July, reports indicated that Huawei would resume trading with the US companies within a couple of weeks. The hopes for Huawei were soon shot down when, in mid- August, 46 of the Huawei affiliates were banned while the US government allowed the companies which had pre-existing deals to continue work for 90 days.
“As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” said Wilbur Ross, the US Commerce Secretary. It seemed that the extended period was nothing but a time frame for the US companies to digress their business from Huawei.