What you need to know
- Huawei has introduced the new Matepad Pro with an 11-inch display.
- The new Android tablet’s display is expected to feature a 120Hz refresh rate and 2560×1600 resolution.
- It is likely to be available globally and be powered by the Snapdragon 888 or 870 chipset.
At its Smart Office event today, Huawei announced the Matepad Pro (2022), its new Android tablet powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor and a bunch of good specs you’ll find in a capable device.
The new Huawei Matepad Pro (opens in new tab) is smaller than its predecessor, featuring an 11-inch display with 2560×1600 resolution. Last year’s MatePad Pro had a 12.6-inch screen, but if faster refresh rates are your thing, you should get the latest version. Its display can handle 120Hz versus last year’s model with 60Hz refresh rate.
Apart from the Snapdragon 888 SoC, it includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chipset in some markets. Having said that, it still promises better performance than some of last year’s best Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, which is powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Huawei’s new tablet marks a significant change in terms of processors, as last year’s model was the last to use the company’s in-house Kirin chipset. The processor is paired with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
At the back, you’ll find a dual camera setup consisting of a 12MP main sensor and an 8MP wide-angle shooter. The 16MP front camera handles your selfies.
The 8,300mAh battery keeps the lights on. However, the charging speed varies depending on its chipset. The Snapdragon 888 variant supports 66W SuperCharge. The Snapdragon 870 model, on the other hand, tops out at 40W fast charging.
The Matepad Pro comes with a new Huawei M-Pencil in white color, which promises a better grip and writing experience.
Huawei has also unveiled a new Magnetic Smart Keyboard featuring 1.5mm of travel. It supports different modes depending on where you use the tablet. You can magnetically connect the Bluetooth keyboard to the device for a more traditional laptop setup, or put it aside if needed. Plus, you can adjust the case’s kickstand from 120 degrees to 165 degrees in studio mode – handy if you want to draw something on the screen using the M-Pencil.
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Things get a little more exciting when you take a closer look at the keyboard case. It comes with a built-in antenna that is hidden behind the keyboard. The embedded antenna relies on Huawei’s Signal 1.0 technology to amplify signals from the tablet. Huawei says it provides better network coverage.
The MatePad Pro runs HarmonyOS 3.0 out of the box. There is no official word yet on its market release, but the tablet is expected to be available globally.