Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 review (hands on)

Joanna Estrada
February 27, 2020

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) has announced the global launch of Huawei MatePad Pro 5G. The worldwide model comes in three variants - Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and 5G - with the third option featuring a slight chipset upgrade in the form of the Kirin 990 5G.

With a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, the MatePad Pro has a very thin bezel around the screen - apparently 49mm.

The 10.8in OLED display sports a WQHD resolution (2560 x 1600) and support for DCI-P3 cinematic colour, offering what Huawei calls "cinema-grade colour on your tablet" - essentially the same as what's on offer from the iPad Pro range, which is generally looked upon as having the best tablet displays on the market. Moreover, the Smart Keyboard offered by Huawei operates similar to how the Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Pro works and gets the power directly from the tablet. They didn't have a green MateBook on hand to show off at our pre-briefing, but the images I've seen make it look like a simultaneously visually interesting and classy hue for the laptop.

Huawei's done a good job on the software and hardware What truly distinguishes the MatePad Pro 5G from rival products is the internal hardware and software. The Kirin 990 5G ensures an incredibly fast experience - Huawei says it's the fastest 5G tablet in the world - with download links that are up to 10x faster than 4G and noticeably smoother cloud gaming. Huawei had announced them back in China in November 2019 and today, it has launched them globally.

This is all combined with a streamlined software experience that really helps with productivity. There is also a Multi-Window feature that lets you open up to three apps simultaneously.

It worked as expected during the demo and the windows can be easily adjusted by dragging the edge of tabs to one side or the other.

At the moment we don't know much about the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), the company's replacement to Google apps, as no smartphones have come out with it. After getting a glimpse of the Huawei MatePad Pro a couple of weeks ago, the device has now been officially unveiled. It magnetically attaches to the MatePad Pro and wirelessly charges itself, too. Huawei has also announced the Wi-Fi version of the MatePad Pro in 6GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration at starting price of Euro 549 (roughly Rs. 43,000), while its 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model along with the M-Pencil is priced at Euro 749 (roughly Rs. 58,400). The Wi-Fi model starts at €549 with a 6/128GB configuration but rises to €649 for the 8/256GB model. The catch is that there are only around 1000 apps that take advantage of the new tech so far, although Huawei claims more are being added all the time. Other major change in this year's model is the processors.

The inclusion of 5G connectivity would traditionally mean having to include a raft of bars and breaks on the metal rear to allow for cellular connectivity, but that's not the case with the MatePad.

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