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With its sleek design, stunning display, and innovative features, Huawei has crafted what seems to be a contender that could shake up the high-end tablet market. But like with everything else, it’s hard to be perfect in every way… or it is?
Here’s our review of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2"!
Display & Design
With its ultra-thin 5.5mm profile and feather-light 580g weight, it is one of the most portable high-end tablets available, despite its large size.
The tablet has a 94% screen-to-body ratio, minimalistic bezels, and a combination of plastic and glass fibre materials, offering a modern aesthetic, although it may not feel as premium as some of its competitors.
The HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” has a—wait for it—13.2-inch flexible OLED display, boasting vibrant colors, sharp details, and a high refresh rate of 144Hz. The HUAWEI X-True™ Display technology enhances the visual experience further by improving brightness and contrast, making for an making visual experience.
Performance & Battery
In terms of performance, the Kirin 9000S chip and 12GB of RAM ensure smooth operation for most tasks, although it may lag a little in GPU performance compared to its rivals. This was a bit of a disappointment.
Apart from that, the MatePad Pro also has the same downside as all other HUAWEI devices: a lack of Google Services and the chaos that is the HUAWEI AppGallery. Even though you can technically access Google through the Lighthouse app, it’s still an extra hassle to have to go through a third-party app.
That said, the inclusion of the third-gen M-Pencil and Smart Magnetic Keyboard was a welcome feature. The M-Pencil has improved latency, pressure sensitivity, and tilt recognition, and offers a natural and responsive writing and drawing experience. The keyboard can transform the tablet into a versatile workstation, although we did find the connectivity a little bit unstable sometimes.
The HUAWEI MatePad 13.2” has dual 5050mAh cells totalling 10,100mAh. Along with the 88W SuperCharge technology, it recharges fairly quickly and has a pretty decent battery life, lasting around 7 and a half hours on regular usage.
Unlike on smartphones, the cameras on tablets tend to take more of a backseat here. However, we found that the camera setup on the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” is quite competent for a tablet, with a 13MP main and 8MP ultrawide rear cameras, and a 16MP front camera.