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Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6" Tablet (2021)

MSRP 799 EURNEX score 70%

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Product Overview

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6-inch is a flagship-level tablet powered by Huawei's proprietary Kiron 9000E mobile platform. It boasts a gorgeous OLED display with 90% screen-to-body ratio.
This OLED panel is able to cover 100% DCI-P3 color space and deliver 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It is also certified by TUV Rheinland for its low blue light emission.
Another notable feature is the 6.7mm-thin chassis. It also packs 8 speakers that greatly increase the tablet's multimedia performance.
The MatePad Pro 12.6" is compatible with Huawei's 2nd-gen M-Pencil that supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and 20ms latency. The M-Pencil can attach to the tablet magnetically, which also provides wireless charging.
Last but not least, the MatePad Pro 12.6" has an industry-first tri-camera setup at the rear. Unlike its 10.8-inch sibling, the 12.6-inch MatePad Pro hides its 8MP selfie camera in its bezel, eliminating the punch hole.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • M-Pencil stylus included
  • Harmony OS 2.0
  • Excellent multi-screen collaboration with compatible phones and monitors
  • HarmonyOS 2.0 is a huge success
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Great OLED screen with HDR10+
  • Solid performance
  • Excellent speakers
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Only 60 Hz display
  • No Google services
  • S-Pen magnet dock is uncomfortable
  • No Google Play Store
  • Software is finicky
  • No Google apps
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 3.1 Gen1
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
10050 mAh
Camera | Front
8 MP, f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
Camera | Rear | Depth
3D Depth Sensing Camera
Camera | Rear | Wide
13 MP, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.4 aperture
Colors
Olive Green, Matte Grey
Microphone
4 microphones
Speakers
8 speakers

Dimensions

Bezels
90% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
6.7 mm
Size | Height
184.7 mm
Size | Width
286.5 mm
Weight
609 g

Display

Contrast Ratio
1000000:1
Display Color Depth
16.7M (8 bits)
Display Diagonal
12.6 inches
Display Type
OLED
Gamut
100% DCI-P3
Pixel Density
240 ppi
Resolution
WQXGA (2560x1600)

Function

Audio
HUAWEI Histen 7.0 Sound Effect
Chipset
HUAWEI Kirin 9000E
Fast Charging
40W SuperCharge
GPS
GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou / GALILEO / QZSS
Graphics
22-core Mali-G78
Operating System
HarmonyOS 2
Processor
1 x Cortex-A77@3.13 GHz + 3 x Cortex-A77@2.54 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55@2.05 GHz
Sensor
Ambient light sensor, Compass, Gravity sensor, Gyroscope, Hall sensor

Performance

Storage
256 GB + NM memory card

Production

Debut
2021-06

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The Huawei MatePad Pro (2021) is one of the more capable non-Apple tablets around. With blazing-fast processing, a crisp vibrant display, and a decent stylus, the core package offers everything you'd want. Harmony OS 2 is decent too, if not exactly groundbreaking, and packs in useful additions to make it more productivity-friendly.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stunning 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Software is finicky
  • No S Pen or Air Actions

gsmarena[2]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The Huawei MediaPad Pro 12.6 is shaping like a great launch platform for the global version of HarmonyOS. It has the hardware needed to demonstrate its full potential, but it's also a great multi-purpose tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is the closest competitor and alternative. Apple is the tablet king, so you should consider its iPad Pro models, too.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great OLED screen with HDR10+
  • Excellent speakers
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • S-Pen magnet dock is uncomfortable
  • No third-party apps

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The MatePad Pro 12.6 delivers a strong performance, but cannot convince all around. Huawei's tablet has a high-quality build and is relatively light despite its XXL dimensions. The HDR10-compatible OLED display has few brightness reserves, but delivers rich contrasts and accurate colors. We also give a thumbs up for the fast and stable Wi-Fi 6, the powerful stereo sound from 8 speakers, and the good battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality build
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Google services
  • Only 60 Hz display
  • No Google Play Store

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) has a stunning 12.4inch display. It runs on Android but doesn't have Google services integrated. That means you can't get Google apps like Gmail or YouTube. It also limits you to using Huawei's own AppGallery which is nowhere near as comprehensive. With the keyboard connected and the new OS it feels like a laptop and acts like one too.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance
Cons
  • No Google apps

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro (2021) review: High-end hardware, questionable apps. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/huawei-matepad-pro-2021-review-1637168/. 2021-07-11. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_matepad_pro_12_6-review-2278p6.php. 2021-06-09. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
3. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 Tablet review: High-end tablet without Google. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Huawei-MatePad-Pro-12-6-Tablet-review-High-end-tablet-without-Google.575021.0.html. 2021-10-26. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
4. ^ Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) review: a beauty with one big problem. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/huawei-matepad-pro-12-6-2021-review. 2021-06-25. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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