Android tablets are a bit unpredictable, there’s no denying it. Apple has completely dominated the market with its iPad models, while Amazon has nailed the budget sector by selling Fire tablets. The premium tablet space without the Apple logo on the back looks thinner and thinner, to the point that not many manufacturers try.
For Huawei, this has been an industry in which the company has done well in the past. Its tablets, like the 2018 MediaPad Pro , are among the best that are powered by Google’s operating system.
Dream About Skinny Bezel
- Dimensions: 146 x 159 x 7.2 mm / Weight: 460 g
- Perforated chamber
- 4.9mm bezels
If there is one element that Huawei absolutely hit with the MatePad Pro, it is the design. One could accuse it of being a bit like an iPad Pro, but, as we’ve seen in the smartphone market, there is a general move towards having screens with thin bezels in every way, regardless of manufacturer. I am looking.
Huawei’s MatePad Pro has some of the slimmest bezels we’ve seen on a tablet, and this slim bezel has uniform proportions on all four sides, with only a very thin black gap between the actual screen and the bezel itself.
Instead of hiding the camera in the frame, Huawei has chosen to place the front camera inside the screen, in a small hole drilled in the corner. It is discreet enough, so easy to ignore most of the time. Or at least it is when it doesn’t cover half the back button in a game / app, which can happen from time to time.
The rounded corners of the MatePad Pro provide a comfortable hold. There really are no hard angles anywhere. The rear is also completely flat, and the soft-touch white plastic in our review unit is smooth to the touch. That pearlescent finish may feel great, but it doesn’t scream premium. Likewise, those rounded edges are plastic too, finished with a metallic silver color.
We could complain about this extensive use of plastic on a Pro tablet, but it’s not really something that has particularly bothered us during our use of the MatePad Pro. Also, it’s not metal on the back, like for example an iPad, because that wouldn’t work with wireless charging coils for its wireless charging feature.
The buttons are sensibly placed, with the power button facing up near the top of the left edge (when horizontal) and the volume rocker at the top. The power button is attached by two speaker grilles on that edge, with two more on the opposite side where the Type-C port lives. It helps to add a bit of symmetry, but more importantly, it allows for a pretty epic sound.
Trust us when we say: the audio output of this tablet can be loud. For small tablet speakers, they are of decent quality, with a good balance of mids and highs. On the downside, they sound a bit flat and lack bass, so they’re not the most amazing for listening to music, but for watching videos it’s great.
Keyboard and stylus
- The keyboard cover uses magnets and NFC
- M-pencil attaches magnetically and charges at the edge of the tablet
You can’t have a Pro tablet that doesn’t have a keyboard and stylus to go with it. So with the MatePad Pro, that’s what you get. There is a stylus called the M-pencil that attaches magnetically to the top of the tablet (or the right edge in portrait mode) and, similar to the iPad Pro and the stylus , charges the internal battery of the stylus while attached, ensuring you never have it to plug it in.
This magnet built into the side is also quite powerful. Even when you carry the tablet carelessly, the stylus simply snaps to the side and stays in place. The tip is also pressure sensitive so when you scribble, draw or take notes it will show a thicker / darker line when you press harder. It also feels natural to use, thanks in part to the fact that the MatePad will ignore your palm when you rest on the screen to write your note.
The resulting animation on the screen when typing is practically instantaneous and quite fluid, which also helps with that natural feel. We like that you can start typing even with the screen turned off. As soon as you touch the screen with the tip of the M pen, even with the screen dark in standby mode, the tablet wakes up and opens the Notes app.
- 10.8 inch IPS LCD screen
- 2560 x 1600 resolution
- Aspect ratio 16:10
The MatePad Pro has a 10.8-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. That relationship is important because it keeps the screen from feeling like it’s only good for video and nothing else.
The panel is completely flat from edge to edge and despite being an LCD panel (not OLED), it is surprisingly vivid and full of contrast. That means practically any content looks good on it. Whether you like crisp white background and search for text in an e-book app, or enjoy the saturated colors offered in comics, movies, and digital games, you’ll look great.
Part of that, of course, is due to the sharpness. The full pixel resolution, boasting a density of around 280 pixels per inch (ppi), is quite high for a tablet. You have to get really close to distinguish between the pixels. Used at arm’s length, everything looks sharp and detailed. Viewing angles are good too, without any major color shift or obvious disparity in brightness when changing the angle of the tablet.
- Kirin 990 processor, 6 GB RAM
- 7,250 mAh battery capacity
- 20W wired charging
- Wireless charging
- 4G or 5G models
- 13MP camera