Huawei Announces 2021 MatePad Line with HarmonyOS 2

by Duey Guison  June 3, 2021

With Huawei formally unveiling HarmonyOS 2 to the public, the tech giant announced its 2021 MatePad line that is powered by Huawei’s in-house OS. These include the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6, MatePad Pro 10.8, and MatePad 11.

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 Specs

  • Kirin 9000E Processor
  • 12.6-inch OLED display, 2560×1600 resolution, 100% DCI-P3, HDR10
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
  • 5G
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
  • M-Pencil, 8-Speaker System
  • 10050mAh battery
  • 40w wired charging, 27w wireless charging, 10w reverse wireless charging
  • HarmonyOS 2

Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 Specs

  • Snapdragon 870 Processor
  • 10.8-inch IPS display, 2560×1600 resolution, 120hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3, HDR10
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
  • M-Pencil, Harman Kardon Quad Speaker System
  • 7250mAh battery
  • 40w wired charging, 27w wireless charging, 10w reverse wireless charging
  • HarmonyOS 2

Huawei MatePad 11 Specs

  • Snapdragon 865 Processor
  • 10.9-inch IPS display, 2560×1600 resolution, 120hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3, HDR10
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
  • 7250mAh battery
  • M-Pencil, Harman Kardon Quad Speaker System
  • 22.5w wired charging
  • HarmonyOS 2

While the MatePad Pro 12.6 makes use of Huawei’s Kirin 9000E processor that has 5G capabilities, while the MatePad Pro 10.8 and MatePad 11 interestingly use Qualcomm processors: Snapdragon 870 on the former, and Snapdragon 865 on the latter. Unlike the Kirin-powered version, both Snapdragon-powered MatePads are limited to 4G connectivity.

Like last year’s MatePads, you get support for a keyboard and M-Pencil Stylus, with the latter getting upgrades a lower 9ms latency and FreeNote for transforming handwriting into text. As for HarmonyOS itself, Huawei describes it as being different from Android AOSP since it can be used for a wide variety of devices based on different scenarios. Huawei even reiterated that its in-house OS supports multiple kernels, where it can adapt depending on the needs of the device.

While Huawei gave scant details about the MatePads, we know that the MatePad Pro 12.6 has a 12.6-inch OLED display with support for HDR10, along with a centrally-placed selfie camera on the top bezel that is optimized for video calls. It comes with a 10050mAh battery that can last for up to 14 hours of mixed use. Charging is done via 40w wired charging or 27 wireless charging.

The smaller MatePad Pro gets a 10.8-inch IPS display with a 120hz refresh rate and a punch-hole on the top left corner, along with a smaller 7250mAh battery, but with the same charging speeds as the bigger one. The vanilla MatePad, on the other hand, has a 10.9-inch IPS display with the same refresh rate and battery as the smaller MatePad Pro–though charging speeds are limited to 22.5w.

Huawei MatePad 2021 price

The MatePad 11 will retail at 399 Euros(~Php 19.1k), while the MatePad Pro 12.6 will sell for 799 Euros(~Php 38.2k). Availablility will be announced soon.

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