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Huawei MatePad Pro Review Rundown

HuaweiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Beautiful 10.8-inch screen
  • Very good battery life
  • Great multitasking
Cons**
  • Android 10 is missing in action

Summary

Huawei MatePad Pro is an Android-based tablet that tries to compete with the Apple iPad Pro. It uses Android 10, but without Google services onboard. The tablet has very good construction and features that are rarely found in the tablet market, such as wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. It is a beautiful tablet, but overall it is not really recommendable for most.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Wi-Fi Huawei MatePad Pro costs 499 British pounds, which is around $610. It comes with a two-year warranty if purchased in the U.K., and can be found through Huawei's own online store and in some retail stores including Currys. The iPad Air is the best tablet you can buy today, and it almost doesn't matter which model you buy.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 10.5-inch screen
  • Excellent performance
  • USB Type-C charging
Cons[**]
  • Poor camera quality
  • No water resistance

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The MatePad Pro (5G) has a 2.8-inch 2K QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (280ppi) It supports the new M-Pencil 9, making it an absolute joy to write on glass surfaces. It's powered by the latest Kirin 990 flagship chipset with a base clock of up to 2.86GHz.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • 5G support
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Display quality could be better
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The HiSilicon Kirin 990 in the MatePad Pro is an ARM-based octa-core SoC consisting of four Cortex-A76 cores and four A55 cores. The processor performance is at a very attractive level, although the ideal performance of the Snapdragon 865 is not achieved. The offered graphics performance ensures smooth gameplay even while playing demanding games like PUBG Mobile.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre display brightness

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 41%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The MatePad Pro doesn't come with access to Google Mobile Services, the Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, or many other ubiquitous apps you get on other Android-powered devices. Many popular apps, such as Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, and Instagram (owned by Facebook) remain absent. Huawei says that an update to its EMUI 10.1 Android layer will come in the next few weeks and address these problems.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • Back-to-back wireless charging
  • Built-in trackpad
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Google services

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Huawei MatePad Pro is available to pre-order via the Huawei Store in the UK right now, with delivery from 20 May. The tablet has an attractive £549 RRP, but for a limited time, Huawei is offering the tablet for £499 with a free gift thrown in too. While there are multiple versions of the tablet available worldwide, some with 4G and 5G connectivity, it seems the offering is limited to the slightly less powerful 6GB+128GB Wi-Fi variant in Midnight Grey. The 10.8in display is detailed, bright and crisp, there's enough power under the hood to power even the most demanding apps and games.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great display
  • Great value for money
Cons[**]
  • No Google Mobile Services or Google Play Store
  • Limited Pro-level apps

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Powered by Huawei's top of the line Kirin 990, the MatePad Pro is one of the fastest tablet we've ever used. Switching apps is seamless, animations are smooth and the tablet can handle demanding apps and graphics-intensive games without a hitch. The rear camera is a 13MP lens with support for flash and phase focusing. The punch hole camera is an 8MP fixed focal length lens that performs well for face unlocking and HD video conferencing.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fast performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Huawei MatePad Pro 5G is an Android-powered alternative to the iPad Pro. It uses the same Kirin 990 CPU as the Mate Xs and the Mate 30 Pro, which is what gives it its 5G capabilities along with 22 hidden aerials. Like the MateBook X Pro, the MatePad can display your Huawei smartphone's screen on its display, letting you reply to texts with a keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Fast charging
  • 5G support
Cons[**]
  • No Google services
  • No headphone jack

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Huawei’s MatePad Pro is the best Android tablet I’ve ever used. The iPad-like design is practical and slick; the display gorgeous and the internals supremely capable. Yet, the lack of Google services and the DRM that comes with it leads to a tablet that isn’t for everyone.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Great battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • No Google Play Services
  • No fingerprint scanner

References

1. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro Review: In the iPad’s shadow. digitaltrends. 2020-05-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Huawei's answer to the iPad Pro is here, meet the MatePad Pro 5G. nextpit. 2020-02-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro Preview. pcmag. 2020-04-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro review. techadvisor. 2020-05-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro review. techradar. 2020-06-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro 5G review (hands on). tomsguide. 2020-02-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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