recently rolled out HarmonyOS
for smartphones, tablets, and wearables. With that comes integration for the proprietary operating system on the brand’s new MatePad 11 and two MatePad Pros. Huawei’s growing MatePad range
promises powerful performance, sleek looks, and stunning displays, all designed for fluid work, study, and play alike.
HarmonyOS comes first to the MatePad 11, two Pro devices and various flagship Huawei smartphones and smartwatches, such as the all-new Huawei Watch 3
. Earlier MatePad models will presumably get the upgrade at a later date. These might include the old MatePad Pro and MatePad T8, T10, and their respective Kids Edition variants.
HarmonyOS for Huawei MatePad
HarmonyOS first came to light back in 2019, released for the then-Huawei-owned Honor
brand’s smart TVs. Two years later, it’s now being made available for other Huawei devices, replacing the more basic LiteOS offering and Google’s WearOS.
On the new MatePad 11 and Huawei’s pair of 2021 MatePad Pros, HarmonyOS brings with it a variety of new productivity tools, revised visuals, and easier integration with other devices. New levels of integration are set to be particularly pronounced when employed between two or more devices from Huawei’s now-growing HarmonyOS-enabled ecosystem.
But what about the MatePad 11 and two updated MatePad Pro variants as devices themselves? Unfortunately, Huawei is only offering the three iPad alternatives for sale in China for now. Still, there’s every chance that this could change, and there’s no harm in taking a closer look.
Huawei MatePad 11
The 10.95-inch MatePad 11
is Huawei’s first new tablet designed from the ground up to run its proprietary Harmony operating system. It also gets a new Snapdragon chip produced for Huawei by Qualcomm.
The MatePad 11’s biggest selling points are a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother visuals and the inclusion of a second-generation M-Pencil stylus.
It also gets revised keyboard and mouse interaction capabilities, improved multitasking powers, and TÜV Rheinland certification
, meaning a more eye-friendly display.
MatePad Pro 10.8-Inch
A fraction smaller than the MatePad 11 is the 10.8-inch 2021 model MatePad Pro
. Like its stablemate, it too gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. A keyboard cover and, like with the MatePad 11, an M-Pencil, are included, carried over from last year’s original MatePad Pro.
Further to all of the MatePad 11’s benefits, the 10.8-inch MatePad Pro also gets multiple-screen collaboration functionality, Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, wireless charging, and cross-OS file transfers.
Meanwhile, the first of the brand’s two 2021 MatePad Pros also delivers a new feature that Huawei has called FreeNote. This allows MatePad Pro buyers to use the M-Pencil to input handwritten notes into dialog boxes where they’re then transformed into typed text.
Thanks to HarmonyOS, the 10.8-inch MatePad Pro’s home screen also now includes an app dock populated with owners’ most used applications. Both this and FreeNote, there’s little doubt, are likely inspired by similar innovations from the team at Apple, with near-identical features found in later versions of iOS and on more recent iPad models
MatePad Pro 12.6-Inch
Third and last to be unveiled is the 12.6-inch MatePad Pro
. It is now Huawei’s flagship tablet, complete with HarmonyOS. In an odd move, the largest and most expensive model doesn’t get a new Snapdragon chip. Instead, it keeps Huawei’s own, older Kirin processor.
Putting that aside, a crystal clear OLED screen is arguably the larger MatePad Pro’s main selling point. Its webcam also sits on the landscape edge of its screen’s bezel – ideal for conference calls, and a placement oversight still being made by other manufacturers, including Apple.
A 10,050mAh battery, super-fast wireless charging, a total of three cameras, four microphones, eight speakers, and 5G support round off the flagship MatePad Pro’s core offering.
A wealth of further additional benefits are also afforded by the addition of HarmonyOS, according to Huawei.
Huawei MatePad Warranty
MatePad buyers can protect their purchases with the addition of Huawei Care
. The Huawei Care scheme extends the company’s limited warranties on all new Huawei smartwatches, phones, laptops, and—where available—tablets for one year.
Prices vary, and Huawei Care extended warranty coverage includes fault diagnosis, repairs, spare parts, and labor. However, accidental damage isn’t included. A number of other restrictions also apply.
Of course, neither the MatePad 11, MatePad Pro 10.8-inch, or MatePad Pro 12.6-inch are, as of yet, slated for U.S. release. As such, Huawei Care coverage is of little concern to prospective tablet buyers unless they’re overseas.
However, buyers of other more U.S.-focused products available from Huawei can, instead, lock in superior levels of extended warranty coverage on those devices with Upsie
Upsie plans save you up to 70% compared to extended warranties sold by manufacturers. Their coverage includes protection against accidental damage, in addition to manufacturing defects and other faults.
Upsie’s extended tablet warranty
packages are available for Apple’s iPad, Galaxy Tab models from Samsung, Amazon’s Kindle, the Asus ZenPad, Google Nexus, Microsoft Surface, and others
. Claims are unlimited up to a tablet’s purchase price with just a $25 deductible. Lastly, if your device becomes faulty or is damaged and cannot be repaired, Upsie will replace it with a new one free of charge for the life of your policy.
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