Our written review of the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) went live a few days ago, and in the meantime, we also completed our video review. You may want to see this even if you are not in the cursor of a new tablet because this is our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0.
Huawei is throwing its own way here, even though it turns out that the path is paved on top of Android 10. And while EMUI is in front and in the center, some features like desktop mode have disappeared.
While Huawei offers alternatives to Google apps and services (e.g. Petal Search, Petal Maps, AppGallery), some are not so easy to replace. For example, Google’s Widevine L1 DRM is supported, but US-based streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do not recognize it, so you’m stuck with SD content.
On the plus side, some Google properties work fine in the browser – we could enjoy YouTube in 4K. And the eight speakers set by Harman / Kardon are some of the best we’ve heard on a mobile device.
MatePad Pro 12.6 has a large AMOLED screen with comfortable image quality. However, it only supports 60 Hz refresh rate, while the competition from Samsung and Apple is at 120 Hz. This does not inhibit the optional stylus (purchased separately), which achieves a low 9 ms latency.
The video has more details on the screen, operating system and other features like Kirin 9000E chipset performance, battery life and more.