Although quite similar to the 10.4 model, the MatePad 5G brings Kirin 820 chipset which makes it a 5G device with WiFi 6 connectivity. In comparison to the Kirin 810 on the former, this one has four Cortex-A76 cores and a powerful Mali-G57 MP6 GPU which is up to 30% faster than the G52 MP6 seen on the 10.4. On the other hand, there’s only one memory variant for this one, it’s 6GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, which is expandable.
Besides that, there are little to no changes. The MatePad 5G offers a similar 10.4-inch IPS LCD panel with 2,000 x 1,200 pixels resolution. Alongside it is an 8MP front-facing camera, while the back also gets a similar 8MP camera. The tablet brings four speakers as well as four microphones for better clarity.
The battery size also stays the same with 7,250mAh cell, but the charging speed has been upgraded to 22.5W from 18W. It can charge up to 30% in 30 minutes, while fully charging it takes 2.5 hours. Charging is carried through a Type-C port which is where you use your wired headphones now as there’s no 3.5mm audio jack.
The MatePad 5G offers support for accessories like a keyboard cover and Huawei’s M-Pencil stylus. The only drawback here seems to be the EMUI 10.1, layered on top of Android 10, which means there’s no support for Google Mobile Service, though you do get some handy features like Huawei’s desktop experience which lets you turn your tablet into a mini-laptop.
The Huawei MatePad 5G is now available for pre-order via Vmall.com for a price of CNY 3,200 (~Rs. 55,700) in the Gray and White color options. Huawei is yet to reveal its availability outside China.