Huawei’s first Harmony OS tablets have a very familiar interface


Huawei has unveiled its first pill line primarily based on Harmony OS, and the standout function would be the interface — or moderately, the one it borrows. The firm has launched MatePad Pro and MatePad 11 slates whose defining function is a particularly iPad-like software program format.

The 12.6-inch MatePad Pro, its 10.8-inch counterpart, and the 11-inch MatePad 11 all boast a new “tablet desktop” clearly influenced by iPadOS, full with a dock part for not too long ago used apps in addition to a not-so-subtle reproduction of Control Center. You’ll have a extra free-form format for app icons and widgets, after all, however the Huawei pill expertise can be greater than a little familiar should you’ve ever used Apple {hardware}.

The familiarity with present cell software program doesn’t cease there although. Despite Huawei’s claims that that is an all-new working system, Harmony OS in its present state in the end seems to be a spin on Android 10 AOSP with a slight rebrand. In truth, primarily based on our early testing it seems to look and act a lot like an up to date model of EMUI.

The screenshots beneath have been taken on the unique MatePad Pro (operating EMUI 11 on high of Android 10) and the brand new model operating Harmony OS 2.0. As you may see, the variations are slight at greatest — there are many references to Android and the UI is close to equivalent. Huawei could have some “new” pill performance, however this seems to at the moment be an Android fork moderately than a true software program reinvention. We’ve contacted Huawei for clarification.

You will see some distinctive options, after all. Huawei says you may flip your MatePad into a drawing pill in your PC, and drag content material from a Windows laptop on to your Harmony OS gadget’s desktop. There’s an M-Pencil stylus for drawing, too. The OS additionally consists of some iPad-style options, comparable to utilizing a pill as a second monitor (like Sidecar for the Mac) or answering calls from a paired cellphone.

Appropriately, the MatePad Pro line helps a full-size magnetic keyboard attachment with extra desktop-like 1.3mm key journey.

The 12.6-inch MatePad Pro is the flagship of the Huawei pill vary. Its OLED display (albeit solely 60Hz) is the centerpiece, however you’ll additionally discover a Kirin 9000E processor, eight audio system, 4 microphones, and a triple rear digital camera setup. The 10,050mAh battery can deal with as much as 14 hours of native video playback, and also you’ll have choices for 45W wired charging, 27W wi-fi charging and 10W reverse charging to energy telephones and earbuds.

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Other Huawei pill fashions are primarily based on Qualcomm {hardware}. The 10.8-inch MatePad Pro is constructed across the not-quite-flagship-class Snapdragon 870, whereas the mainstream MatePad 11 makes use of the older Snapdragon 865. The non-Pro gadget has a 2,560 x 1,600 120Hz show, although, and it nonetheless has the M-Pencil and keyboard help in addition to a four-speaker, four-mic audio setup.

The firm introduced pricing for China, and you may count on to pay 3,799 yuan (~$595) for the 10.8-inch Wi-Fi-only 128GB MatePad Pro. The 256GB Wi-Fi mannequin will set you again 4,299 yuan (~$673), whereas the 256GB variant with a stylus and keyboard case will retail for five,299 yuan (~$830).

The 12.6-inch MatePad Pro begins at 4,999 yuan (~$783) for the 128GB Wi-Fi variant, whereas the 256GB Wi-Fi variant will retail for five,499 yuan (~$861). You can even get a 256GB Wi-Fi solely model with a keyboard and stylus for six,699 yuan (~$1,049), whereas a 256GB 5G mannequin with a keyboard and stylus is accessible for 7,999 yuan (~$1,253). The agency didn’t disclose pricing for the 11-inch slate.

Huawei hadn’t provided international costs or availability for the pill vary as of this writing. It did say the MatePad Pro would come to Western Europe. However, price could not matter a lot because the app ecosystem. Without Google apps or companies, the MatePads could also be robust sells except you may reside with their included software program.


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