Huawei Matepad Pro which was introduced late in November 2019 is a high-end tablet. Given the high price of this product which starts at around $ 785. it is certainly not affordable for many users. In April 2020, Huawei launched a more affordable tablet called the MatePad 10.4. The Wi-Fi tablet is priced at around $ 280 and is a good option to buy, but it typically does not have the capabilities of the MatePad Pro. Now, on September 16, 2020, just hours after Apple introduced the eighth generation iPad and the fourth generation iPad Air, Huawei unveiled a fifth-generation mid-range tablet called the MatePad 5G.
In terms of performance, this new tablet can be placed between the MatePad Pro and MatePad 10.4, but the design and appearance of the new Huawei tablet is inherited from the MatePad Pro. MatePad 5G is designed in the dimensions of 7.45 × 154.96 × 245.2 mm and weighs 460 grams. According to the manufacturer, the back cover of this tablet uses a raised material that evokes a soft and silky texture when touched. The device will be available in gray and white.
The 10.4-inch display of the MatePad 5G is made of IPS panels. WUXGA + resolution (equivalent to 1200 × 2000 pixels) increases the screen density to 225 pixels per inch. 470 nits brightness, anti-fingerprint coating and support for the M-Pencil stylus are some of the features of this display. Also, according to Huawei , the MatePad 5G screen, with the approval of the reputable TÜV Rheinland institute, reduces the blue radiation of the screen, thus preventing damage to the user's eyes.
In the processing department, we are faced with the 7-nanometer Kirin 820 chipset (high-silicon product), which also has a built-in 5G modem. The chip consists of 1 2.36 GHz core, 3 2.22 GHz cores (compatible with the Cortex-A76 processor architecture) and 4 1.84 GHz cores (compatible with the Cortex-A55 processor architecture) and its Mali-G57 graphics processing unit. The MatePad 5G comes in a single configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to another 512GB with the addition of a microSD.
Only one 8-megapixel camera (with autofocus) on the back and another 8-megapixel camera (with fixed focus) on the front of the device, which is not expected in mid-range tablets. The MatePad 5G battery has a capacity of 7,250 mAh. Battery life is up to 7.5 hours when playing 3D games and up to 12.5 hours when playing video. The power of the fast charge technology of this battery has been increased from 18 watts to 22.5 watts. According to the manufacturer, by charging for 30 minutes, the battery reserve can be reduced from zero to 30%. It also takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the battery.
As mentioned, thanks to the built-in 5G modem in the Kirin 820 chip, this tablet is equipped with fifth-generation communications (both standalone and standalone). Wi-Fi 6 Plus is also predicted in this device that according to the manufacturer, if the user uses a router compatible with Wi-Fi 6 Plus, the network speed will increase and the maximum transfer rate will reach 2400 Mbps. Bluetooth 5.1, support for GPS and GLONASS navigation systems and USB-C port are other MatePad 5G connectivity options. The headphone jack has been removed from the tablet, but due to the popularity of this item among users, Huawei has included a USB-C converter to a 3.5mm jack in the product box.
Android 10 operating system and EMUI 10.1 user interface are active in this tablet. Huawei's proprietary user interface provides the user with interesting software features. For example, after connecting the tablet to the smartphone via Bluetooth, using the clone feature, the user interface of the phone can be simulated on the tablet. In this way, the user can do things like answer the call, send or receive SMS, etc. from the tablet. The presence of 4 microphones and 4 speakers (equipped with Histen 6.1 audio technology and Harman Kardon tuning) in addition to guaranteeing the quality of the conversation, makes this device a good option for watching movies.
Another feature of EMUI 10.1 software is the ability to split the screen space into two equal parts. In this way, the user can perform two different tasks simultaneously in two windows. For example, a student can divide the screen into two sections, one for the online class and the other for taking notes.
It is worth noting that Huawei has two accessories for this tablet that are sold separately. The first device is a keyboard cover that connects to the tablet, greatly increasing the user's productivity. Another accessory is the M-Pencil stylus. According to Huawei, 4096 different levels of pressure sensitivity have been defined for this pen, so much so that even by tilting the angle of the pen - and consequently reducing the amount of pressure - it can be used for shading. The latency for the M-Pencil is also announced at 20 milliseconds, so that writing on the screen will look like writing on paper.
Pre-order registration for the MatePad 5G starts on September 16 (September 26) and the product will be officially launched in China on September 23 (October 2). The new Huawei tablet is priced at 3,199 Chinese yuan, which at current exchange rates is roughly equivalent to US $473. There is no news about the international release of MatePad 5G yet.