Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!
The tablet market hasn’t been doing so well in recent years and not many companies dare to experiment with new products for the niche. That’s why it’s always exciting when we see someone daring to make a new top-tier tablet. It seems that this time around, it’ll be Huawei.

Some renders of a new Huawei tablet leaked around mid-October. These depicted a tablet with an all-around thin bezel, which looks a lot like Apple’s latest iPad Pro. Difference being that the Huawei tablet has a small punch-hole in the top-left corner. Back then, it was believed that the tablet would be named Huawei MediaPad M7. However, reliable leakster Evan Blass corrected that statement and claimed it’s the Huawei MatePad Pro.



If the design and naming scheme wasn’t enough to send some Apple tingles down your body, we also have what appears to be a keyboard case and a dedicated stylus for the MatePad Pro, which look a lot like the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. Hey, at least it comes in 4 different colors, including quirky orange and the newly-cool green.



Specs? No idea so far. The pictures do depict a quad-speaker stereo setup for sound and a dual camera on the back. We would assume that it’ll be a top-tier device as it looks the part… and it’s a Pro, after all.

One might be worried that with Huawei being barred from using Google apps, this tablet might be limited to Asian markets only, or not worth a buy in the end. But fret not, it looks like Huawei is very close to regaining access to the Google framework! So, if it all works out, we might have a nice competitor for the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. It will all boil down to what that stylus can do and how much the whole package costs!

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24 Comments

1. Poptart2828

Posts: 458; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I don't see any similarities from looking at the pictures.

3. kotan24

Posts: 319; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You have got to be kidding me! Are you dumb?

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 458; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Well I guess they both are rectangular.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'm waiting for a round tablet.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For the Knights of the Round Tablet?

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

Exactly!

21. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

So that phonearena would stop calling other tablets ipad clones.

6. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

dont feed the troll.

7. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Really!!!?? Yeah its rounded rectangular one... but why the hell Huawei has to go with thicker bezel like ipad pro... it is still possible to differentiate the design from iPad by making the bezel thinner and reduce or eliminate the radius. They absolutely trying to match the design with iPad!

23. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Because you need bezels to hold a tablet's weight?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Huawei makes very good products, and I expect nothing less from this one. I bet it'll have some sick features.

8. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

The software is the area where they are weak! Not just them, the whole android for tablet itself... more than the hardware of ipad, the OS is what makes the larger screen more functional especially with new ipad os. Huawei is ofcourse potential to make state of art hardware but the software is just no match

10. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

That's a joke right? iPad OS is only now catching up to what the Note 10.1 offered in 2013. It's finally moved slightly away from being a ridiculously large scaled phone OS.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. I'm not sure where he came up with that post.

20. Juarizs

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

Android sucks on tablets, it's a few years behind ipad OS

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You really should do some research before posting crap like that. For God's sake, at least watch some YouTube videos.

5. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol these guys have no shame- ever. Samsung was like this once but they grew out of it. Hopefully Huawei will as well.

9. Zrtsg

Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2019

So why you didn't mention how iphone 11 was copied from huawei mate 20???

12. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What?

19. Juarizs

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

How was it? lol

22. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

True. They prefer to use 'catch up' for Apple, not 'copy'. So it becomes "Apple caught up on the square triple camera module on the Huawei Mate 20 series."

14. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

What is there to copy? A tablet is a rectangular screen in a rectangular body. A pen is just a pen. The word "pad" is also not something Apple has invented. Honestly, I find it ridiculous to mention any kind of copying here.

16. Omos1

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

This is a very very sad website. It's almost Pitiful to read some of these articles. Honestly you guys have a nice website design here but some of the articles reek of bias towards certain products and it's no longer cool to post such. Dear Phonearena you guys can certainly do better. Thank you

24. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Android tablets have to position themselves as a viable alternative to ipads so I guess there's the similarity. But these aren't cheap knockoffs. Excellent hardware and design but marred by poor Android for tablets. Due to this, Android tablets should not command near ipad tier pricing.

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