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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has launched an all-new tablet in a move that appears squarely targeted at taking a slice of the iPad Pro pie.
Unveiled this week, the Huawei MatePad Pro looks for all intents and purposes very much like an iPad Pro and comes with some serious specs to suit.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Huawei MatePad Pro.
Featuring a 10.8-inch screen, two cameras and a version of the Android operating system, the Huawei MatePad Pro is the Chinese tech manufacturer’s latest foray into the highly competitive tablet market.
It’s targeted at the higher end of the user echelon and comes complete with a stylus and detachable keyboard, putting it in direct competition with the iPad Pro.
As yet it’s only available in China, with orders to start shipping on December 12. There’s no word as to whether the device will make its way farther afield and if it does the lack of a Google Services suite may pose a problem.
The MatePad Pro currently runs the Android 10 operating system with EMUI 10.
The MatePad Pro features an aluminium body, is 7.2mm thick and weighs in at just 460 grams. That’s a little thicker than the iPad Pro 11-inch but about the same weight.
The 10.8-inch AMOLED screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio with 2560x1600 resolution. A major item of note is its bezels, or lack thereof. Huawei has opted for 4.9-mm bezels giving it a streamlined look.
On the front there is a punch hole for the 8MP selfie camera, while the rear features a larger 13 MP camera with CMOS sensor and LED flash.
The MatePad Pro comes complete with a smart keyboard and stylus included. Together with some of the tech specs we’re about to get into, this positions the Huawei MatePad Pro as a direct rival to a number of other high-end tablet manufacturers including Apple, Samsung and Microsoft.
Under the hood, the Huawei MatePad Pro includes Huawei's Kirin 990 processor paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In terms of storage, 128GB or 256GB options are available. In addition, there are quad Harman Kardon speakers, and a five-microphone array.
Powering it all is a 7,250 mAh battery with 40W wired fast charging or 15W wireless charging.
Meanwhile, the MatePad Pro runs the Android 10-based based EMUI 10 operating system.
Huawei kicked off its release with a leaked video, which was swiftly followed up with some more detailed specs in Engadget Chinese.
They’re reporting the Huawei MatePad Pro is available for pre-order now in China, with shipping set to commence on December 12.
It has a starting price of 3,299 yuan (about US$470) for the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage configuration, while the higher spec model is priced at 4,999 yuan (US$710).
There has been no word when or if the MatePad Pro will be released to the Western market, but if that’s to be the case, TechRadar tips there will be an announcement at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 in February next year.
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