As Malaysians, we’re now adjusting to a new normal as students and executives alike are now working (and studying) from home on account of the ongoing Movement Control order.
This new work paradigm also brings a host of new challenges. For many stuck at home for the past few weeks, perhaps the biggest hurdle to overcome is that we are all missing the personal face-to-face social aspects of working in an office or studying at school. Yes, we even miss that one colleague who always asks what’s for lunch! On a more serious note, it’s only now that we’re discovering many of the challenges of working remotely especially when it comes to collaborating on work. How exactly do you share documents or a sketched idea to someone a hundred miles away anyway?
Fortunately, Huawei’s spanking new MatePad Pro that’s just hit the market is capable of tackling those who need to work from home (which is most of us at this point in time) as it not only has the hardware and performance to tackle both work and play but also a unique feature that lets you interact, chat and collaborate with friends, colleagues and family just like the good old days called MeeTime but more on that later.
So, what is the MatePad Pro tablet?
As Huawei’s latest premium tablet, the MatePad Pro offers a cutting edge ensemble of features, technologies, design and accessories that take work and play to the next level while enabling exciting new ways to collaborate with their new MeeTime feature.
The MatePad Pro comes with a brilliant 10.8-inch 2K QHD touchscreen with the world’s thinnest bezels at just 4.9mm. In order to tackle the most demanding tasks, the tablet comes with the Kirin 990 processor paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. All this comes in a wonderfully portable and slim design that is just 7.9mm thin.
To offer all-day productivity and gaming, the MatePad Pro comes with a massive 7,250mAh battery offering exceptional endurance. In a world first, the MatePad Pro is also the first tablet to support wireless charging and reverse wireless charging too to charge other devices like Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 wireless earbuds and their new P40 series smartphones. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though.
Here’s 5 stunning reasons why the MatePad Pro is an absolute beast for both work and play and 1 reason why their new MeeTime feature can help you collaborate and socialise together yet apart.
#1 MatePad Pro – Powerful Performance Meets Chic Industrial Design
The Huawei MatePad Pro not only packs some of the best hardware possible into a tablet, it also boasts of chic yet practical industrial design makes it look good while ensuring a sleek chassis that makes it a delight to use in daily life.
With an elegant contemporary design, the MatePad Pro manages to shave the display bezels down to just 4.9mm, allowing users the comfort of a compact one-handed tablet form factor while enjoying a large viewing experience. This combination of a large display and super thin bezels means that the MatePad Pro has the world’s highest tablet screen-to-body ratio at 90%, topping anything the competition can field.
To make the MatePad Pro light enough to hold comfortably one-handed, Huawei has used a unique material that’s usually seen in premium notebooks – magnesium alloy – to keep the weight down without sacrificing durability or performance. In Malaysia, you can get the MatePad Pro in your choice of either Pearl White or Midnight Grey.
#2 Beautifully Vibrant 10.8-inch QHD display with 4 Harman Kardon tuned speakers
The MatePad Pro’s large 10.8-inch QHD resolution display offers 540 nits brightness and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio on top of support for the DCI-P3 colour gamut. This potent combination ensures faithful colour reproduction for content played onscreen with beautifully deep blacks, lusciously rich colours and rich detail, making movies and gaming an exciting experience on the MatePad Pro.
To alleviate eye strain, the display has also been certified for low blue light emission by the renowned TUV Rheinland authority to ensure long and comfortable hours of viewing, working and gaming on the MatePad Pro.
Beautiful imagery is just part of the picture though and the Matepad Pro also has 4 Harman Kardon tuned speakers to offer an immersive soundstage for music, entertainment and more. With a screen this large and speakers this beefy, the MatePad Pro makes for a viscerally immersive experience when watching movies and playing games like PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile.
#3 Work and Play Better, Faster, Smarter
The MatePad Pro has an array of unique features that make it a productivity powerhouse. The tablet supports a Multi-Window mode, allowing you to work on multiple apps onscreen much like a PC desktop while Floating Windows let you get notifications that you can respond to without having to tab out of whatever you were doing or viewing.
That’s not all, the MatePad Pro also has sophisticated integration with other Huawei devices like their latest smartphones such as the new P40 series with their Huawei Share mode, allowing you to mirror your Huawei phone display onscreen and seamlessly interact with it on top of being able to transfer content like pictures, movies and other files back and forth. It’s a new way to work!
#4 Powerful Performance with the Kirin 990 octacore processor
Work and the latest games can be pretty demanding on a mobile platform. Fortunately, the MatePad Pro’s potent Kirin 990 octacore processor is up to the task.
Built on a 7nm process, the Kirin 990 processor is capable of efficiently handling tasks with 14% better single-core performance and up to 18% better multi-core performance than its predecessor, the Kirin 980. Better yet, the Kirin 990 also hosts a dual neural processing unit (NPU) that allows for more efficient performance across a host of tasks by harnessing the power of AI. The MatePad Pro also integrates 8GB LPDDR4 RAM along with a generous 256GB of built-in fast UFS 3.0 storage.
Combined, this potent combination of flagship-grade hardware is capable of tackling web browsing, intensive gaming, word processing and even light video editing too in order to offer serious productivity on the go.
#5 A Smart Magnetic Keyboard and M-Pencil stylus accessories that are absolute productivity
The Huawei MatePad Pro comes with two game-changing accessories that change it from being a solid tablet into a powerful portable productivity powerhouse. The Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard (RM499) magnetically attaches to the MatePad Pro and offers the advantage of a comfortable keyboard that makes typing long e-mails, texts and novels a cinch while the new M-Pencil (RM299) is an artist’s delight.
Weighing a mere 14g, the Huawei M-Pencil has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and can accurately mimic the feel and sensation of using a real pen, allowing users writing on the MatePad Pro’s display to have an experience akin to writing on paper.
#6 The MatePad Pro’s killer feature – MEETime or how you can be socially close yet apart
Collaborating with fellow students or colleagues online is much more than a mere videocall these days as you need to see the content that you’re working on together – a proposal for that big pitch, that class project due next week or whatnot – and sending as well as sharing documents to get this done is a major annoyance. Another pet peeve with videocalls these days is that you often end up with a blurred smudge on the other side of the call on account of poor image optimisation or a poor connection. That’s where Huawei’s new MeeTime collaboration app comes into the picture.
While it basically lets you videocall your associates, MeeTime goes one better as it’s capable of offering Full HD video calling between Huawei devices. Even if the network quality is dodgy, MeeTime sports what Huawei calls as super-resolution technology to compensate for this to ensure a consistently smooth and sharp image on both sides of the videocall.
Remember that challenge about trying to collaborate remotely? MeeTime has a two-way screen sharing function so you can demonstrate exactly what you’re doing on your display on their phone. The practical applications are endless – presentations, real-time brainstorming on a diagram and more. The new MeeTime is available on all Huawei devices with EMUI 10.1 and up like the new Huawei P40 series smartphones.
Sweet, so where can I get the MatePad Pro now?
The MatePad Pro is now available nationwide in Malaysia at a retail price of RM2,399 for the WiFi only variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. You can optionally purchase the Smart Magnetic Keyboard for RM499 and the M-Pencil stylus (RM299) to further enhance the potential of the MatePad Pro.
If you’re savvy, you can opt for the deluxe package where you can get the MatePad Pro with the Smart Magnetic Keyboard and the M-pencil for just RM2,898 which is steal seeing as buying them all separately will cost RM3,197.
According to Huawei, a MatePad Pro 5G variant is also coming in the near future so stay tuned!
To peruse the Matepad Pro and acquire it for yourself, swing by Huawei’s official store at https://shop.huawei.com/my/product/huawei-matepad-pro