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

Peter, 16 September 2020

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.

The Huawei MatePad 5G builds on the MatePad 10.4 from earlier this year The Huawei MatePad 5G builds on the MatePad 10.4 from earlier this year
The Huawei MatePad 5G builds on the MatePad 10.4 from earlier this year

It 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.

Huawei MatePad 5G Huawei MatePad 5G Huawei MatePad 5G Huawei MatePad 5G
Huawei MatePad 5G

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.

Bluetooth keyboard Bluetooth keyboard M-Pencil stylus M-Pencil stylus
Bluetooth keyboard • M-Pencil stylus

The Huawei MatePad 5G can already be pre-ordered from 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.

Source (in Chinese)


Reader comments

Since 128GB storage always on Flagship android tablet, I think it's worth it. Especially with 5G/W6 and good prosessor. I think I am not use GMS much on Tablet.

  • Anonymous
  • 17 Sep 2020
  • KIJ

Is it 5g or non 5g and please mention it's specifications . It doesn't look different from any angle it looks the same as huaweI mate pad 10.4 although the prosacer is different it's " Kirin 820 " good luck huawe with the US ...

  • Anonymous
  • 16 Sep 2020
  • uNY

It has a similar function I think, but I suspect samsung by comparison has put massive resources into the Dex function, I really doubt they would be comparable mate. Happy to be proven wrong though.

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