Huawei MatePad 5G unveiled: a Kirin 820-powered version of the MatePad 10.4

The Huawei MatePad Pro 5G is a high end tablet with next gen connectivity, but it starts at CNY 5,300 ($785). The MatePad 10.4 is cheaper, CNY 1,900 ($280) for the Wi-Fi only option, but is not as capable. In the midway point between those two lies the new Huawei MatePad 5G.

t is fairly similar to the 10.4 model, however it upgrades to the Kirin 820 chipset. This brings with it a 5G modem along with Wi-Fi 6. Compared to the Kirin 810 of the other tablet it has double the Cortex-A76 cores (four in total) and a more powerful Mali-G57 MP6 GPU (up to 30% faster than the G52 MP6). Also, there’s only one memory configuration for this slate, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage (expandable via a microSD card).

Chipset aside, there are more similarities than differences. The MatePad 5G has the same 10.4” IPS LCD panel with 2,000 x 1,200 px resolution. Next to it is the same 8 MP front-facing camera, on the opposite sides is another 8 MP cam. There are four speakers mounted around the perimeter along with four microphones.

The battery capacity remains the same, 7,250 mAh, but charging speed has been increased slightly to 22.5 W (up from 18 W). 30 minutes gets the battery up to 30%, going to 100% takes 2.5 hours.

Charging is done over the USB-C port, which now has to serve double duty as the wired headphones port – the 3.5 mm jack has been dropped (at least you get a Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box).

This tablet is compatible with a couple of key accessories – a hardware keyboard cover and the M-Pencil stylus. Since the slate runs EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10, no GMS), it supports Huawei’s desktop experience, which can turn it into a compact laptop replacement.

The Huawei MatePad 5G can already be pre-ordered from Vmall.com at a price of CNY 3,200 in White and Gray. For comparison, the MatePad 10.4 with LTE and the same 6/128 GB memory configuration goes for CNY 2,500. There’s no word on if and when this tablet will be available globally.

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