Today, Huawei unveiled the world’s first HarmonyOS powered tablet lineup. These new tablets are labeled as the new generation of the Huawei MatePad Pro series and come with a number of new technologies.
According to the information, the new MatePad Pro lineup consists of three new models – Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6, and MatePad Pro 10.8.
Aside from the display sizes and HarmonyOS, Huawei has also made some new changes in the design aspects. These tablets are unique on their own and it’s time that we dive into their details.
“The new HUAWEI MatePad Pro is the perfect tool that will inspire users to be more productive and creative. With the new HarmonyOS 2, users can take advantage of apps and services in completely new ways and work smarter than ever.” said Kevin Ho, COO, Huawei Consumer BG
Display and Design:
Huawei MatePad Pro has a 12.6-inch OLED FullView display. With an aspect ratio of 16:10 and narrow bezels that measure just 5.6mm thin, the display offers a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The OLED FullView display also supports a high contrast ratio of a million-to-one2 and the wide DCI-P3 color gamut, allowing it to produce better defined and true-to-life colors. Furthermore, HUAWEI MatePad Pro has a color accuracy
This MatePad Pro version features a 10.8-inch display with an IPS panel, CPI-P3 wide color gamut, 540nit brightness level, 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, and a hole punch display design on the top left corner of the display.
Huawei MatePad 12.6-inch variant equipped with 5 nanometers processed HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and the WiFi model powered by Kirin 9000E processor. On the other hand, Huawei is teaming up with Qualcomm and brought a powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset for the 10.8-inch version.
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 comes with triple rear cameras, while there’s no camera on the front. On the other hand, the 10.8-inch version has a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera.
Super Large Battery:
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8-inch comes with a 7250 mAh battery that could recharge with 40W Huawei SuperCharge charging. Meanwhile, the large 12.6-inch version offers a whopping 10,000mAh capacity.
Huawei MatePad Pro lineup is the world’s first tablet to provide pre-installed HarmonyOS out of the box. The new user interface glimmers on the home screen and all over the system UI, which helps users to operate freely and without any interruption or comprise features.
Talking of features, To help users quickly locate the apps they need, Huawei MatePad Pro introduces a new Bottom Dock that not only displays frequently used apps, but also recently used apps.
New Service Widgets can display real-time information, and allow users to quickly and conveniently access certain app features without even launching the apps. These widgets can be placed anywhere, and are also fully customizable for users to personalize their device according to their preferences.
Leveraging the distributed capabilities of HarmonyOS, the new Huawei MatePad Pro supports new Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration capabilities: Mirror Mode, Extend Mode, and Collaborate Mode. In Mirror Mode, the screen of the connected PC is mirrored to the tablet display, allowing users to directly sign and annotate documents.
Collaborative Mode and Multi-screen collaboration:
The innovative Collaborate Mode enables true cross-platform interactions between HarmonyOS 2 and Windows, allowing users to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop.
Tearing down the boundaries that separate tablets, smartphones, and PCs, Multi-screen Collaboration elevates what users can do with the HUAWEI MatePad Pro and other connected devices, empowering them to be more productive and creative than before.
Introduced in 2019, the first version of App Multiplier allowed tablet apps to better utilize the landscape orientation and display information with two active windows at once. With the launch of the Huawei MatePad Pro, App Multiplier brings even more ways for users to make full use of horizontal displays.
While showing an app in a single window with the new App Multiplier active, users can now swipe on the empty spaces on either side of the tablet screen to scroll up and down to navigate app content, without letting go of their grip on the tablet.
Users can also show two instances of the same app and interact with windows as if they have launched the same app twice. As of June 2021, nearly 4,000 apps have adopted App Multiplier to improve their user experiences
The new MatePad Pro supports second-generation Huawei M-Pencil and Huawei MatePad Pro just like professional designers would with a drawing pad and stylus.
Huawei also introduced the Huawei M-Pencil (2nd generation) which offers a pencil-like natural writing experience with the new platinum-coated pen nib, low latency, and support for 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Inspired by the clear case back design of luxury watches, the new transparent pen tip showcases the inner workings of the stylus and comes with a frosted texture for a better drawing experience.
The new Huawei M-Pencil supports a breadth of innovative interaction features including Huawei FreeScript, which transforms handwritten content into machine-encoded text in real-time as well as double-tap to switch, Instant Shape, Instant Table, and more.
The new drawing features can also be used on third-party apps. Developed by Huawei, the Pencil Engine is open to all developers worldwide, offering a suite of features such as stroke prediction and brush effects that can all be easily integrated for richer, more natural drawing and handwriting experiences on third-party apps.
Accessories and Models:
The Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard is a full-sized keyboard that features key travel of 1.3mm to deliver satisfying typing experiences. Supporting Bluetooth and wireless charging, the magnetically paired keyboard synergizes with the Huawei MatePad Pro.
The 12.6-inch Huawei MatePad Pro will come in two color options of Matte Grey and Olive Green. The 10.8-inch Huawei MatePad Pro is also getting a new processor and HarmonyOS 2 paired with Huawei M-Pencil (2nd generation).
Huawei MatePad 11 and 10.8 gets HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52
Huawei is rolling out HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206 for MatePad 11, upgrading from HarmonyOS 220.127.116.11/163. While on the other hand, Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 is getting HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168 upgrading from HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124. Below you can check the eligible tablet models to get a new software update.
- Huawei MatePad 11 WiFi DBY-W09
- Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 2021 WiFi MRR-W29
- Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 2021 WiFi MRR-W39
To be mentioned, this firmware is only available for the Chinese models.
According to the changelog, Huawei is adding a feature that supports two pairs of Bluetooth earphones simultaneously to allow people to listen to songs together.
This new firmware adds support for the PC mobile engine, which would enable to use of the PC version of the WPS office on a tablet. Furthermore, Huawei is installing the latest security patch for these two tablets with January 2023 HarmonyOS security update.
The latest software update for Huawei MatePad 11 and MatePad 10.4 comes is rolling out in batches and it’ll soon cover all of the devices. Below you can check the complete changelog for more information.
- Added the function of supporting two pairs of Bluetooth headsets at the same time, one song, two people, listening to the beauty together add Good (only supported by some Huawei headsets).
- Added support for PC application engine, you can use the desktop version of the office software WPS on the tablet, to get a more comprehensive and efficient office experience.
- Incorporate the January 2023 security patch to enhance system security.
Huawei PC market growth is against the trends: CEO
Over the past two years, Huawei has improved its Consumer Business portfolio in all products including PCs, and Huawei Consumers Business Group CEO, Yu Chengdong said that the company is moving towards growth in the PC market amid an industry-wide slowdown.
According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments accounted for a total of 65.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2022, which is a massive 28.5% decline as compared to the same quarter last year.
Garter mentioned that this is the largest quarterly shipment decline in the PC market since the market researcher began tracking the PC market in the mid-1990.
Huawei CEO said that Huawei PC products attained rapid growth in 2022 and the overall sales expanded rapidly. The Chinese tech maker has also achieved digital growth and a new milestone in key industries.
This is quite amazing but the Huawei consumer business chief has something more to say about the year ahead.
Yu said in the new year, Huawei will provide a consumer-centric approach and will continue to harness the power of research and development, open innovation, and build core competitiveness to bring new products.
The company will continue to explore industry scenarios and work with partners to create a prosperous environment for satisfying consumers’ demands. Simultaneously, Yu promised that his company will build an industry-leading commercial full-scenario service system to create a professional, efficient and powerful service ecosystem.
The new year will be filled with new energy and the Huawei PC market is likely to fulfill its promise by utilizing the company’s high-quality resources.
It will gain momentum from research, marketing, sales, supply, and service with partners in all ways possible. The collaboration will help all industry players to get their fair share of growth in the commercial market.
Yu emphasized that the company is willing to work with partners and explore the upcoming industry transition.
Huawei to launch new tablet in Q2 this year
This year is different and we could expect a number of new tablet device devices from Huawei, in that place, new tablet devices could launch in the Q2 of this year.
Inputs reveal that Huawei could launch a new tablet lineup in Q2 because Huawei has a big launch event in the first quarter. However, there’s a minor possibility that Huawei may reschedule the tablet launch to an early or later date.
Currently, there’s no new input available on the tablets but we may come in the near future. It is possible that the upcoming tablet will be powered by the latest Snapdragon and HarmonyOS 3.1 technologies but we’ll wait for new remarks from Huawei.