Although I often consider my iPad Pro a very good tablet, it’s not perfect – and with Huawei launching a new list that could make it onto our list of best tabletsThis reminds me of a common problem I have with Apple iPads.
The new tablet is an updated version of the Huawei MatePad Pro called… well, with the same name, but we’ll add (2022) so you know we’re talking about the new one.
This new MatePad Pro has an 11-inch screen, like its predecessor, and the big upgrade over the 2021 model is in that screen, as it uses OLED technology instead of LCD and has a 120Hz refresh.
The new tablet also has improved speakers, a redesigned rear camera bump, and software designed to be better for multitasking.
When I read the press release about the new Huawei MatePad Pro, I wasn’t sure if it was worth reporting – Huawei didn’t provide a price or release date, or even say if it was. would be available for purchase in any region we cover.
That was until I read about an added feature the new MatePad Pro brings, which is something I’ve wanted my iPad Pro to do for ages now…
The keyboard is the key
That upgrade is in the keyboard – the Huawei MatePad Pro (2022) supports a new form of folio keyboard, which is basically a type of accessory that functions as a stand, case, and keyboard all in one.
So far so similar…but you can also pair it to the slate via Bluetooth so you can continue to use it when it’s not physically connected.
Huawei calls this detachable mode, and it works with laptop mode (like a traditional keyboard accessory) and studio mode (like Apple’s Magic Keyboard) as one of three “modes” for the keyboard.
Tear-off mode is the real standout feature here, and it’s something I wish other slates could do, especially the iPad Pro that I use all the time.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to awkwardly put my tablet down on a small table in a coach, or in a cafe, or even on my (small) desk, and struggled to get it. ‘adapt. to its large size – this makes typing nearly impossible. I had to contort my arms into incredibly weird positions just to be able to type on long train rides.
With the detachable mode, you could in theory put the tablet on the small table while leaving the keyboard on your knees to write, or place the slate elsewhere than on your accessory in order to type easily.
This mode would make working on the go much easier – even on a desk, sofa or bed, it would give you the ability to contort yourself in bizarre stretches as you work (long-time writers will know exactly what I means).
I wish this kind of functionality came to the iPad Pro – I don’t see it happening, because every Apple keyboard comes out missing key features (I’m looking at you, Magic Keyboard, with your horrible lack of reach on the corners of vision), but I hope.