Huawei has launched its latest attack on our list of the best tablets, with an updated version of the Huawei MatePad Pro called…
This new MatePad Pro has an 11-inch display, like its predecessor, and the big upgrade over the 2021 model is in this display, as it uses OLED technology instead of LCD and has a 120Hz refresh rate.
The new tablet also has improved speakers, a redesigned rear camera and software designed to be better for multitasking.
When I was reading 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, nor did it say if it will be available for purchase in any regions we cover.
That was until I read about an extra feature the new MatePad Pro brings, which is something I’ve wanted my iPad Pro to do for a long time…
The keyboard is the key
This update is in the keyboard – the Huawei MatePad Pro (2022) supports a new form of keyboard folio, which is basically a type of accessory that works as a stand, case, and keyboard all in one.
So far so similar… but you can also pair it with the slate via Bluetooth to keep using it when not physically connected.
Huawei calls this mode detachable and it works alongside laptop mode (like a traditional keyboard accessory) and studio mode (like Apple’s Magic Keyboard) as one of the keyboard’s three ‘modes’.
Detachable mode is the real standout feature here, and it’s something I wish other slates could do, in particular the iPad Pro that I use all the time.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to awkwardly place my tablet on a small table on a bus, or in a cafe, or even on my own (tiny) table, and struggled to adjust it due to its large size. – this makes typing almost impossible. I had to contort my arms into incredibly awkward positions just to be able to type on long train rides.
With the detachable mode, you could, in theory, rest the tablet on the small table while leaving the keyboard on your lap for typing, or place the slate somewhere other than your easy typing accessory.
This mode would make work a lot easier – even on a table, sofa or bed, it would give you the versatility to squirm in bizarre snippets as you work (people who have been writing for a long time will know exactly what I mean).
I would love for this kind of feature to come to the iPad Pro – I don’t see this happening, as every keyboard Apple releases loses key functionality (I’m looking at you Magic Keyboard with your horrible lack of range in viewing angles ), but here’s the hope.