Saturday's gadget: MatePad Pro 13.2, a high-flying Tablet, but with a burden

Neither the United States, nor China, nor global security, nor spy networks, those of us who have lost out with the veto of Huawei by the United States, are the consumers who could have very competitive devices, but no longer with the services of Google. It happened with the latest smartphone models and now with the latest tablet presented by the Chinese giant, the MatePad Pro13.2

At first glance, it impresses a lot due to its size (13.2-inch screen, hence its name), as well as its lightness (580 grams in a space of just 5.5 mm) or its power: up to 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and a 10,000 mAh battery. The rear casing is made of fiberglass, to which optical coatings and a sand microtexture are added that facilitate grip and give it a very elegant appearance to the touch. And fingerprint resistant.

When it comes to power, it counts with the self-designed Kirin 9000S processor. Little is known about him, but the tests we have carried out clearly demonstrate his ability. If we add to that a native operating system, RAM and the fact that the design is indigenous, the features it offers us are sufficient for the most demanding tasks… unless we have to resort to Google services. Here is the biggest obstacle and the most important burden.

It is true that most of the most common applications can be downloaded through the Huawei App Gallery and others have substitutes that fulfill the function. In 90% of cases. The truth is that The problem is more with the applications than with Google, Android or Huawei. Most developers focus on Android or iOS for their products or updates. This makes Huawei dependent on third parties for updates and we can lose time until an app that we must use can be updated again. The key is to understand that we have a great tablet, comparable in power and performance to the best on the market, for a price of one thousand euros. If it compensates us in the comparison with Samsung or Apple, we must put Google services in the balance, that is the greatest weight.

In this Tablet the screen is the protagonist and its details are linked to a flexible OLED type panel (a screen-to-body ratio of 94%)reaches 1,000 nits and with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz… which does not affect the battery much.

Precisely about this, we have a 10,000 mAh with a performance in tests of about 8 hours and 88W fast charging: from 0 to 100 in one hour. Very good load in this regard.

As in most tablets, the cameras are nothing to highlight: 13 MP rear and 16 MP front: reliable for video conferencing and little else. What does stand out is the sound: six speakers, four for sounds in general and two specific for treble. And they sound very good, even when they are required above 70%.

Another advantage is that in The price includes the case with the keyboard and the stylus or M-Pencil. All of this contributes greatly to productivity, saving us from buying a case and two accessories that in other brands add more to the price.


Everything will depend on the use we give it and if we consider Google services essential. It is a Tablet with great power and excellent specifications, but the ballast is important to point out.