Harmony from Huawei arrives on MatePad tablets
These are the company’s first tablets to run on the HarmonyOS operating system. They also use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets instead of the Huawei-designed Kirin processors found in its previous devices.
The tablets highlight the challenges that the Chinese tech giant is going through.
Huawei is trying to break free from Android, which is dominated by Google apps and services outside China, which Huawei could not previously install on its phones.
The 10.8-inch MatePad Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 870 processor, while the 10.95-inch MatePad 11 is powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor.
Meanwhile, the 12.6-inch MatePad Pro is still powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 9000E processor, the device that Huawei has shared most of the information about.
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Huawei’s AppGallery offers a growing selection of native apps and solutions. But it’s still a far cry from having previously installed Google’s suite of apps and services across the device.
And there have been big questions surrounding the Harmony system since an investigation revealed it was a version of the open source Android.
New Huawei tablets:
There’s a new FreeNote feature that lets you use M-Pencil to type in dialogs and see your handwriting automatically transform into typed text. The tablet’s home screen now includes the Dock with the most frequently used apps.
The 12.6-inch MatePad Pro’s webcam is built into the frame across the screen’s long edge. So it’s in the right place for conference calls in landscape mode, unlike the iPad Pro.
It also has an OLED screen with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels, while Apple’s lineup still uses different shapes of LCD panels.
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Huawei’s screen mirroring technology is also making a comeback with the new MatePad Pro.
Whereas previously this allowed you to mirror your smartphone screen via your tablet, you can now mirror your tablet screen and interact with it across compatible Huawei laptops.
The 12.6-inch MatePad Pro has a 10,050 mAh battery capable of playing 14 hours of video on a single charge.
It can be charged at up to 40W using a cable, and at 27W wirelessly. It also offers reverse wireless charging at 10W.
There are three rear cameras via the tablet, four microphones, eight speakers, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility.
Besides the new tablets, Huawei also announced the second generation of its M-Pencil stylus.
The new pen is more precise, has a latency of 9 milliseconds, and also has a clear, platinum-coated tip.
The new 12.6-inch MatePad Pros is sold at €799 in Europe. The MatePad 11 retails for 399 euros in Europe.