Huawei's MatePad Pro can be positioned as a direct competitor to the 11-inch version of the iPad Pro, but taking into account discounts on the official Huawei website, it costs almost half the price. Let's see why it is better and worse than the iPad Pro.
The Huawei MatePad is presented in a predominantly white box. The tablet comes with an M-pencil stylus. The MatePad is slightly smaller in size than its rival, but not in features.
The MatePad is powered by the Kirin 810, which supports up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. MicroSD cards can provide additional storage up to 512GB.
The MatePad runs EMUI 10.1, based on Android 10. It is similar to the OS found on current Huawei phones, but with additional features for landscape orientation. The interface is familiar and straightforward, with added gesture controls for ease of use. As far as malware is concerned, there are several apps on the device, but they have not been downloaded or installed. However, if you want to install any of these applications, just click on it to download.
Daily tasks are easy to solve. The animation is smooth, there are no hiccups when opening and switching between applications.
The device also copes well with games. You can easily run the popular ones like Mobile Legends and Asphalt 9. The MatePad is loaded with several productivity features such as multi-screen collaboration, Huawei Share and multi-window.
Display and media
< br />Huawei MatePad is equipped with a 10.4-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 and an aspect ratio of 16: 9. The bezels are quite narrow – 7.9 mm, with a screen-to-body ratio of 84%. It is thick enough to hold the device without accidentally activating anything on the screen.
The display is a 10-point anti-fingerprint touchscreen. It can create vivid and rich images, while flipping through menus and applications smoothly.
Watching movies or shows will be an enjoyable experience, not only because of the high resolution and cinematic aspect ratio, but also because of the built-in four speakers with Harman Kardon sound. It can be loud enough to fill a small room, and the playback quality is really nice. For longer reading sessions, the MatePad introduces an e-book mode that adjusts the contrast and brightness of the display to simulate an e-book like a Kindle.
On both the front and back, the MatePad features single 8MP cameras. These are fairly basic devices, but
tablets generally don't have complicated camera settings.
The rear camera offers a small variety of shooting modes, including single frame, HDR, panorama, motion picture, AR stickers, light painting and Pro mode. It also offers up to 6x zoom and can shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
Although the camera's resolution remains the same, only the front camera has an ultra wide-angle lens. The quality of both cameras is decent, and
the front camera works great for video calls. They both can produce rich photos in sufficient lighting, but
the quality of shooting begins to deteriorate in low light. The MatePad also has a FollowCam feature for video calling. Enabling this option will cause the front camera to track one or more objects to keep them in frame at all times. Raising your hand in front of the camera activates spotlight mode and instructs the camera to track only the person raising your hand.
The Huawei MatePad has a slim and minimal design. The overall design fits well in the hand thanks to the rounded corners and rounded edges. In terms of weight, the device is a bit heavy, but not at all cumbersome to take with you. The front camera is on the top panel when holding the device in landscape orientation. Turning the tablet over reveals a single rear camera module in the upper left corner and nothing else.
The Huawei MatePad has proven to be a useful device for both home and and on the road. Fast and responsive, the large screen is ideal for reading, drawing and multitasking. Thanks to eye care technology, long sessions on the device are not a problem, so it is great for both work and study at home.