New Huawei tablet adds features iPad owners can only dream about

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Huawei MatePad Pro is like an iPad Pro, but cheaper
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Huawei is outrageously flattering the iPad Pro.
Photo: Huawei

Huawei added cutting-edge features to its iPad Pro rival. A MatePad Pro update includes 5G built-in cellular-wireless networking. And it offers two-way wireless charging, so the tablet can send power to another device.

These features were added to a device clearly made to resemble Apple’s top-tier iPad.

Huawei MatePad Pro 5G knocks off iPad Pro

The world got its first look at this tablet last fall when Huawei unveiled a version for China, its home country. Like that model, today’s MatePad Pro 5G has a 10.8-inch touchscreen. There are rounded corners and slim bezels, like the 2018 iPad Pro.

The tablet runs EMUI 10, a modified version of Android 10, on a Huawei Kirin 990 processor. There’s 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage in the base model. An 8MP front camera, a 13 MP rear camera and a 7250 mAh battery round out the specs.

Like Apple’s competing tablet, Huawei created a clip-on keyboard and stylus compatible with the MatePad Pro series.

But wait, there’s more

An innovative feature in this new tablet is two-way wireless charging. The MatePad Pro receives power at up to 27W, or transmits it to a handset at 7.5W. This is how its clip-on keyboard charges.

The basic €549 (approx $596) version includes Wi-Fi only, but Huawei developed cellular-wireless editions too. An LTE version costing €599 (approx $650) will launch in countries around the world in April.

In June will come a 5G edition starting at €799 ($868). This will offer a boost in specs, with its base model sporting 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

None of these are expected to be released in the United States. That’s not because this is the home country of the iPad Pro, but because the US government doesn’t trust Huawei in any way.

Via: The Verge