Say hello to Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 – Huawei’s latest and most premium tablet to meet people like Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 +.
There are a few notable things about the MatePad Pro – it runs on Huawei’s Harmony OS 2.0 instead of Android, has a Kirin 9000E chipset, supports Huawei’s M pencil and Smart Magnetic Keyboard and is built around a beautiful 12.6-inch OLED screen.
In the box, the MatePad Pro comes with a USB cable, 40W charger and a USB for 3.5 mm dongle.
For the first time ever, Huawei has preloaded its own Harmony OS 2.0 on a tablet instead of Android, but the change is not as dramatic as it sounds.
The main interface is very similar to what you find on an Android or iOS tablet – you get apps on several home screens, a dock below and recently used apps next to it. A swipe at the top left of the home screen brings up messages and from the top right a quick menu with switches and a brightness.
You can use up to four on-screen apps at once (supported apps only) for split-screen multitasking.
Let’s address the elephant in space – Huawei MatePad Pro does not support Google Play services, but you can actually install Android apps on this tablet either via Huawei AppGallery or by downloading them side-by-side. Downloading an APK and installing it works in some apps.
Harmony OS on Huawei MatePad Pro
The Huawei MatePad Pro becomes a formidable device with the addition of the Huawei M-Pencil and Smart Magnetic Keyboard, which are usually sold separately. The M-Pencil sells for € 99, but will likely come with the MatePad Pro, while the Smart Magnetic Keyboard is € 129.99 alone.
Huawei’s M pencil and smart magnetic keyboard
The M Pen must be paired with MatePad Pro before you can use it. It attaches magnetically to the side of the slate and holds very tightly. The M-Pencil has up to 10 hours of battery life and recharges on the side of the tablet or through its own magnetic charger. It fits wonderfully in the hand and is a joy to use as a pen for note taking.
For those who prefer to take notes with a dedicated keyboard, the Smart Magnetic Keyboard is a great tool. Keys give a responsive sensitive feel and have reasonable travel for such an accessory. We immediately got used to using typical keyboard shortcuts like Alt + Tab and return to the home screen with the Apps + D button (analogous to the Windows shortcut).
Using both accessories with MatePad Pro
There’s a lot more to cover, so stick to our detailed review of the Huawei MatePad Pro!