Huawei's next tablet looks like an iPad Pro with a punch-hole display

Huawei's next tablet looks like an iPad Pro with a punch-hole display
UPDATE: Evan Blass has published another image of Huawei's next high-end tablet. Additionally, he has confirmed that it will be marketed as the Huawei MatePad Pro rather than the MediaPad M7 as previously expected. The updated story continues below.

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Samsung released its high-end Galaxy Tab S6 not long ago and Apple is reportedly preparing an updated iPad Pro lineup. Now, a report by 91Mobiles suggests Huawei is also readying a new high-end tablet that’ll presumably arrive early next year.

Expected to be marketed as the MatePad Pro, leaked renders of Huawei’s next-generation tablet reveal a tall display with rounded corners paired with pretty slim bezels, much like Apple’s iPad Pro. These bezels appear large enough to house a front-facing camera and any other necessary sensors but, for some reason, Huawei has selected a punch hole design. 

The rear of the high-end tablet is seemingly carved out of aluminum and features a vertical camera setup in the top-left corner. The low quality of today’s renders means it can’t clearly be seen but the module does appear to house two sensors and an LED flash. Other external details include bottom-firing speakers and a USB-C port. It’s unclear if a 3.5mm headphone jack is present.

Other details include compatibility with Huawei’s magnetic keyboard and an improved M-Pen which will presumably be introduced alongside the tablet. In an Apple Pencil-like fashion, Huawei’s stylus connects magnetically to the side of the tablet and presumably charges wirelessly. 

The MatePad Pro’s specifications are yet to leak but it’s expected to arrive powered by the new Kirin 990 paired with a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

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38 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The front looks like any other tablet that was released in the past year or so, and the back looks a bit like the Tab S6. I really don't see how it looks like an iPad. There's not to much you can do when designing a tablet.

2. mclaren113

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

That's because PhoneArena thinks everybody copy Apple!

4. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Certainly every OEM copies apple that is why they’re called iphone knockoffs. Android fans can’t take that every android copies apple design and wants to be the next Apple. Every apple product has knockoffs but still they’re not even close to what is apple is offering. And don’t tell me about customization stuff, its sucks.

9. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

"they’re not even close to what is apple is offering" You're right: the "knockoffs" are far ahead/superior in every way. Great point!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what you're saying is, android (an inanimate OS) wants to be a company (Apple)? The Galaxy S/Note line offer far more than the iPhone, and for less money. Do you even think you post this crap dude? Remember, I own an iPhone, iPad, and a couple other apple products. I know what goes on by actual usage, not lies. Apple products, are good, but not unbelievable like you say. I'd take a Note over an iPhone anyday, and I did. By experience...not lies.

19. Pr30Pro

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2019

What do you mean customization sucks. If you don't like something about your phone you can change anything.. The launcher, the icon or even the os... How does it suck... That's what, in my opinion broke it for me for ios. It simply treated users like users not admins.

36. Priyam009

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Like apple blatantly copied Huawei mate 20 series camera design right? And still looks cheap mate knockoffs! Apple is not even close to Huawei's offerings ...you must add to that 5watt charger,no 5G, 720p screens, processors which only dominates in Geekbebch not in reallife yes it sucks!

38. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

A galaxy note is more feature packed then all the apple product combined. It can do more then all the your apple product out today.

37. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

if you look back when Tab s6 was released, Phonearena said the same, Tab S6 looks similar to ipad pro!! :|

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

This is PhoneArena after all. They think Apple invented the notch, big display and oled first too.

5. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Butthurt little boy, iphone start revolutionizing mobile phone and after apple, everyone copies and put gimmicky features just to sell that’s is why they don’t have foundation like apple. From macs, ipad, iphone, watch, airpods, and homepod, everyone copies apple’s design.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I think you're butt hurt, iboy. Keep buying Apple products and make my stocks go up.:)

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well please let me inform you of Apple's copying...ya know, since I do own and use Apple products as well as Samsung. Let look at the ipad first iOS 9 copied the Note, for it's most standout features. 1. Split view from multi window 2. Picture in picture from pop up video 3. Apple Pencil from S-Pen 4. Tap to memo from screen off memo Now let's look at ios 13 The side scrubber from 1.Samsung internet scrubber 2. Full page screenshots from samsung scroll capture And there's more. Apple copied notifications pulldown from Google, as well as a host of other features. Your God Jobs said Good artists copy, great artists steal. I own Apple products, and every time you lie, or omit Apple's bs, I will not hesitate to call you out. Also I purposely didn't mention all of Apple's copying, I saved more for later. Widgets, file system, quick settings. We can do this all day bruh.

11. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

"There's not to much you can do when designing a tablet" Of course you can. Just look at Samsung with the Note phones. But since this is Huawei they will get a free pass despite copying designs and ideas from other OEMs. They could have easily made something that stands out. They didn't because Huawei believes over imitation instead of innovation.

33. QuantumRazer

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Venom... the fact that you had to mention a PHONE's design when this whole discussion is about a TABLET shows how desperate you are to prove your point. Galaxy S5e and S6 Tab looking very similar to iPad Pro (actually, they look almost identical) suggests that it's not an easy job to design a tablet that looks genuinely unique, even for a top-class company like Samsung. It's a thin rectangular slab made out of aluminium and obviously there's little you can do about its design.

17. Pr30Pro

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2019

Exactly. I dont really think it looks anything like an iPad. It just looks like a tablet. I hate how some say oh this is a copy of an apple product when it simply has a notch. The things "copied" are simply things vital to the advancement of smartphones.

39. DolmioMan

Posts: 345; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Maybe the flat edges, the radius of the curves of the body and display, the keyboard cover and the stylus looks almost exactly the same as the Apple Pencil... apart from that yeah they look completely different.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 458; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Joshua is smarter than that. Controversial titles bring in more clicks. It's a cheap trick mostly used by tech sites that cover the US market. Josh has good writing skills. He should depend more on superior writing to engage us instead of trying to shoehorn a square peg into a round hole.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Haven't used an Android tablet in years, as Apples iPad has been the better choice for tablets for me, but I may actually give this a try.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I stick with the iPad, cause I have a ton of paid content (movies, music, music vids, TV shows, and apps) vested in iOS. it makes no sense to leave, and have to purchase so much of that stuff all over again. I recently bought the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 512 gig, and I love it. Very nice tablet, and the look of it is gorgeous. Samsung's Tab S would be my second choice.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed, Darkk. iPad is my first choice as well.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's always been a good tablet, but once Apple adopted some serious multitasking, and the Pencil, it went to another level.

15. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nice but needs oled screen not same lcd screen. Hopefully America & China can sort things out to get android play store or will not sell well in most of Europe or UK.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looks like a tab s4 which the iPad pro copied.

23. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You mean that Samsung overpriced tablet with the previous year’s chip?

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed cmdacos.

18. Pr30Pro

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2019

I dont really think it looks anything like an iPad. It just looks like a tablet. I hate how some say oh this is a copy of an apple product when it simply has a notch. The things "copied" are simply things vital to the advancement of smartphones.

20. Farcaster

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Everyone copies. Samsung copies from Apple, Apple copies from Samsung, everyone else copies from Samsung/Apple. Just the reality of today's phone market.

21. Mikele

Posts: 184; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Joshua with his hilarious article!

22. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Loving the comments from those who said they would never buy the iPad Pro 2018 because it “bends” easily and now they have one, but one with higher trims and they also love it, double standards to get thumbs up :)

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