Our Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 video review is out - our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0

Peter, 11 June 2021

Our written review of the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) went live a couple of days ago and in the meantime we finished our video review as well. You might want to watch this one even if you’re not in the marker for a new tablet because this is our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0.

Huawei is forging its own path here, though as it turns out that path is paved on top of Android 10. And while EMUI is front and center, some features like the desktop mode have gone missing.

Also, while Huawei provides alternatives to Google apps and services (e.g. Petal Search, Petal Maps, the AppGallery), some are not so easy to replace. For example, Google’s Widevine L1 DRM is supported, but US-based streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do not recognize it, so you’re stuck with SD content.

Our Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) video review is out - our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0

On the plus side, some Google properties work just fine in the browser – we were able to enjoy YouTube in 4K. And the eight speakers tuned by Harman/Kardon are some of the best we’ve heard on a mobile device.

The MatePad Pro 12.6 has a large AMOLED display with pleasing image quality. However, it only supports 60 Hz refresh rate, while competition from Samsung and Apple is at 120 Hz. This doesn’t hamper the optional stylus (bought separately), which achieves a low 9 ms latency.

The video has more details on the display, the OS and other features like the performance of the Kirin 9000E chipset, the battery life and more.


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Jun 2021
  • vaN

My current phone has a 60Hz screen. Definitely my next phone I will have a higher refresh rate. I use my phones for a long time and it's very wasteful to upgrade just because of a small incremental update like a little faster than this, a little...

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Jun 2021
  • gCY

I bet you are one of those that still uses an 1080p monitor or TV with 60hz refresh rate and says that 4K is just a gimmick. LoL. On my S21 Ultra the battery last 20 hours with 2K and 120 turned on. You can stick with your 60hz and let other enjoy th...

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Jun 2021
  • Mkm

Lol it's just rebranded emui

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