Huawei went all out with the design of the MatePad Pro and while it doesn’t stray too far from the big slab of metal with a big screen blueprint, there are a few tweaks here that separate it from the pack.
The MatePad Pro comes in four different colors. The Forest Green and Orange colorways come with a vegan leather back, while the Midnight Grey (tested) and Pearl White models opt for a fiberglass chassis paired with an aluminum frame.
The 10.8-inch display adopts the punch-hole selfie camera design found on most of 2020’s top smartphones, including Huawei’s own P40 series.
The punch-hole display helps accommodate the tablet’s industry-leading 90% screen-to-body ratio, which easily beats out the iPad Pro (~82.9%) and Tab S6 (~82.5%). I found the camera hole was small enough to go unnoticed during everyday use.
The MatePad Pro is powered by Huawei’s custom Kirin 990 processor, complete with a dual NPU and 6GB RAM as standard (8GB for the 5G models). We already know Huawei’s top SoC is a capable performer and that holds true for the MatePad Pro. Animations are smooth, RAM management is impressive, and it handles 3D gaming with no hiccups.
On the storage front, the base Wi-Fi model comes with 128GB storage which matches the iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S6. If you want more memory there’s a 256GB variant, or you can add an extra 256GB via an expandable storage slot. Unfortunately, you’ll need to buy one of Huawei’s proprietary (and fairly pricey) Nano Memory cards instead of a regular MicroSD card.
One of the best things going for the MatePad Pro is battery life. Huawei squeezed a huge 7,250mAh cell into its flagship tablet. The tightly-optimized power management of the dual NPU and the less power-hungry LCD display combine to deliver incredible endurance.