Intel 10th Gen Processors Join Huawei's MateBook X Pro Laptop

Ruben Fields
February 27, 2020

Does the name sound familiar, right?

The first MateBook X Pro debuted in February 2018. Like that model, today's MatePad Pro 5G has a 10.8-inch touchscreen.

Huawei's laptop line has been rather desirable for a couple of years now, and the Matebook X Pro is the best example of this - a schmick, well designed laptop that captures that desirability often associated with Apple's equipment - people see it, and want it. Both the laptops get a 65W charger in the box.

Connectivity options on the MatePad Pro 5G include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C.

Huawei has provided a single, 13-megapixel rear camera setup on the MatePad Pro 5G that comes with an f/1.8 lens and autofocus support. Hole-punch cameras are unusual for tablets, but has helped Huawei hone down those bezels. There are bezels there, admittedly, but at 4.9mm thick compared to 8.3mm of the iPad Pro range, they certainly aren't noticeable. 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.

The screen itself is vivid and bright (up to 540 nits), with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution - high enough to split up tasks and apps on screen without making things tiny or blurry.

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The MatePad Pro 5G runs open-source Android 10 with EMUI 10 loaded on-top, and features a handful of new tablet-focused features that fix long-term Android tablet pain points. It also has 40W SuperCharge support. It's unfortunate that you can't do this with any Android phone, but it still looks to be supremely useful if you're already integrated into Huawei's ecosystem. It's a similar thing with the M-Pencil too; the Surface Pro-like tablet offers a natural way to draw on the MatePad, and snaps into place on the side of the tablet when not in use. Customers can also separately purchase the M-Pencil at Euro 99 (roughly Rs. 7,700). It passively powers itself from the tab. The so-called Smart Keyboard will set you back €129 (around $140).

The M-Pencil is more interesting. It magnetically attaches to the MatePad Pro and wirelessly charges itself, too. The MateBook D 14 and MateBook D 15 that were initially launched in China have been brought to western regions. Sometimes I had to close apps to get the arrangement of apps I wanted - there's a knack to it all. While Huawei's MediaPad was a mid-range product, the brand new MatePad Pro offers a high-end experience inspired by the Mate series of phones and laptops.

Like Huawei's updated foldable, the MatePad Pro packs the company's own Kirin 990 processor, which includes the modem needed for a 5G connection. It means there's plenty of processing power, even if, in these days of no Google Play, there really isn't much of note to push Huawei mobile devices to their limits.

So about that app problem. That device went on sale in China in November after the company improved the design. Google also advises against it, for security and safety reasons.

The MatePad Pro will start at €549 (around $594) for a WiFi version with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. Both configurations can also be picked with LTE support - sans M-Pencil - at Euro 599 (roughly Rs. 46,700) and Euro 699 (roughly Rs. 54,500), respectively. Huawei says these WiFi versions of the tablet will be available in April.

Of course, being an iPad Pro competitor, it should come as no surprise that there are accessories available for the MatePad Pro 5G.

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