Huawei Adopts HarmonyOS for Newest MatePad Pro Tablets

Announces new MatePad Pro models, incorporates Android-like HarmonyOS 2

Huawei has announced its newest MatePad Pro models—the MatePad Pro 12.6 and MatePad Pro 10.8—along with its switch over from the EMUI 10.1 operating system to HarmonyOS 2.

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The MatePad Pro 12.6 offers a 12.6-inch OLED display, Huawei Kirin 9000E processor, 256GB of ROM, and rear cameras with image resolution up to 4160 x 3120 and a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160. The smaller MatePad Pro 10.8 provides a 10.8-inch LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, between 128 and 256 GB of ROM, and the same rear camera resolutions as the 12.6 (up to 4160 x 3120 for images and 3840 x 2160 for video).

Huawei's adoption of HarmonyOS as an alternative to the Android operating system has many users excited about the possibilities. The Wall Street Journal posits that the aim is to challenge Google's popular OS directly, possibly in response to recent US sanctions that revoked the company's access to Google Mobile Services.

Twitter user @Jasontech_ is interested in the possibilities provided by HarmonyOS but is a bit wary, saying "I'm very interested in what Huawei has in store with their HarmonyOS. To be honest, Huawei needs to hit this HarmonyOS out of the park. This is going to make or break the company."

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User @KarinESchumac12 is excited about the multi-device integration potential and says "I am really impressed by the presentation of Huawei's HarmonyOS -HongMeng! Easy connecting and switching between multiple devices into one superdevice. Big challenge for Google and Apple to catch up."

According to The Verge, while Huawei has not officially announced release dates or prices for its new MatePad Pro tablets, it has stated that the MatePad Pro 12.6 will start at ¥4,999 (roughly $783 USD), while the MatePad Pro 10.8 will start at ¥3,799 (roughly $595 USD). Both tablets also are expected to be released in China on June 10. HarmonyOS already has begun rolling out and will be available on other Huawei devices, such as the Nova and S series, throughout this year and into 2022.

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