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Huawei MatePad Pro: an excellent tablet devoid of Google services

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With its MatePad Pro, Huawei clearly targets the big players in the segment such as Samsung and Apple. But if the data sheet is full, the absence of Google Mobile Services leaves a taste of unfinished ..

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After staying long enough in the mid-range market, Huawei is going up a notch with its MatePad Pro. A tablet with stylus and high-tech data sheet that seeks to compete with the iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 .

The MatePad Pro is offered at € 549. On the Android tablet market, it is placed at the level of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e in its 4G version. At Apple, we can place the Huawei tablet in front of the most recent iPad Air .

Ergonomics

In the absence of a dedicated sub-note, we decided to pass on the absence of Google services to the “Ergonomics and design” sub-note. Despite all its technical qualities, we cannot recommend this tablet as it is.

With its new tablet, Huawei is targeting a different target than that of other MediaPads. Just by looking at the finishes, we see that the Chinese company is trying to make a place for itself on the “pro” shelves of Apple and Samsung .

At the front, we have a 10.8 inch screen with a 16:10 ratio. A long shelf, which is a bit confusing the first time. Especially since for a panel of almost 11 inches, this MatePad Pro seems strangely small. A good point if any, which will easily accommodate the tablet in a bag. To continue on the front, the borders are reduced as much as possible, so much so that the front sensor is housed in the display. All this allows the display surface to occupy 86% of the front face, a very comfortable value for a tablet.

Like its two main competitors, the MatePad Pro has an aluminum back. A finish with the most beautiful effect that offers a pleasant grip and a soft touch. This rear accommodates the only photo sensor placed in a fairly thick vertical island.

The edges are also made of aluminum. On the right, the volume button is placed too high (at the photo sensor) for natural grip of the hand. The start button is located on the far right of the upper edge. The left edge houses the location for a SIM card as well as an NM card (Huawei’s proprietary SD cards). Finally, on the bottom edge, there is the USB-C port and two speakers. Note that two other speakers are placed on the upper edge of the tablet.

Audio

Since Huawei’s tablet has no 3.5mm mini jack, we can only rely on the four speakers. The Chinese firm has teamed up with Harman / Kardon to offer a very good overall stereo rendering. Unfortunately, apart from listening to music, these HP will be very little used … unless you decide to use TrouveApp to download Netflix.

Screen

The Huawei MatePad Pro has a 10.8-inch display and is limited to LCD technology, as Apple can do with its iPad Pro. A choice which undoubtedly guarantees to be able to offer the tablet at a competitive price.

The quality of the Huawei tablet tiles does not seem to change from one model to another. Very good without being perfect, they follow each other and look very similar. To get the most out of your screen, you will have to go through the settings. You will need to select the “Normal” color mode and change the color temperature to “Warm” to unlock the best of what the tablet has to offer. We measured the Delta E at 2.3, with drifts mainly on the green and red tones whose Delta E exceeds 4.

With these changes, the color temperature peaks at 7,353 Kelvin. A value slightly above the video standard (6,500 K). The display therefore tends to draw towards cold tones.

Readability is almost excellent. The maximum brightness was measured at 495 cd / m², a value more than comfortable for reading. Be careful, however, since with a reflectance of 53%, the screen is not among the best and reading under the sun could be a pain. With a minimum brightness of 2.6 cd / m², the MatePad Pro is perfect for reading in the dark.

Finally, the contrast ratio of the screen is 1168: 1, which is suitable for an LCD panel. The tactile delay is 89 ms and the remanence time 18 ms.

Performances

The tablet incorporates a Kirin 990 processor, coupled with 6 GB of RAM. The chip is currently the most powerful of the Chinese firm. It is, for example, present in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro or in the recent P40 .

Like smartphones, the MatePad Pro is very powerful. It is even the most powerful tablet to have passed our test protocol. It gets a total index of 105, 5 points more than the Galaxy Tab S6, on the second place of the podium. Note that a Performance mode is also available on the tablet. The power gain is real, but not as great as expected. Proof that the software optimization of the MatePad Pro is already excellent and does not need a boost.

On the management of RAM, the tablet reaches an index of 101, only 2 points more than the high-end tablet from Samsung. In game, the MatePad index climbs to 109, 9 points more than the Tab S6.

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