Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2 Inch First Impressions

Written by Chad

January 26, 2024

We got a chance to test out the new Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2 Inch to see how it fares well.

Huawei will be launching its new line of products this year that caters to different audiences, and the upcoming MatePad Pro 13.2 Inch aims to target those who are in between work and play, something that can help boost their productivity without sacrificing premium quality. We got invited for a hands-on experience with the new tablet to see our impressions.

Interestingly enough, the MatePad Pro 13.2 weighs around 580 grams, lighter than the conventional tablets of the same screen size that tend to play at around 600 grams or more. And since it’s lighter, having other add-ons like the keyboard and pen or any other peripherals that you put on it wouldn’t contribute that much to the heaviness. The body of the tablet is thinner, at around 5.5mm thick, which lessens the bulkiness when carrying it around either by hand or in your bag.

The MatePad Pro 13.2 has, of course, a 13-inch screen that suits well for everyday use either at work at a cafe or even just relaxing on your couch. What makes it striking is the thin bezel that is around 3mm thick, so you have an almost borderless screen feel when using the tablet, and it’s a nice experience when watching movies or even YouTube videos. I tried playing some gameplay videos such as Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon and Final Fantasy XVI to see how good the display would be and if it could handle fast-moving videos, and so far it handles it well, the MatePad Pro 13.2 also has the Huawei X-True display for improved color accuracy and contrast which help is providing some vibrant colors and smooth videos. The tablet also has the TÜV Rheinland Certified Global Eye Care 3.0 which makes it comfortable to watch, work or play longer without straining your eyes, though you wouldn’t barely notice in a couple of minutes, but the feature is helpful for people who like to glue their eyes on the screen for long hours.

Now how about audio you may ask, the MatePad Pro 13.2 features 6 speakers around it; 4 custom woofers and 2 tweeters. With that enough amount, it can produce almost a surround sound experience when watching or listening, the SmartBass enhancement algorithm helps add some layer of bass for some audio while Huawei Sound improves the acoustics of the audio for an immersive experience, I tried watching some game videos and there was some noticeable bass sound on it, but it would be curious to know if it can produce some good audio for music without the need of an external speaker.

As for usage, assuming this would be your daily device for work and entertainment, it can handle any apps with no hiccups, and multitasking from switching apps doesn’t slow down the performance, so that’s a great start. Checking emails, and writing notes should be a breeze even if you try playing music in the background. You can display multiple apps in one display with its multi-window function, and it’s handy for productive work.

Another stuff that I tested is their SuperHub, which allows you to connect with another nearby Huawei device to drag and drop files that you can access from your MatePad Pro 13.2 or any Huawei device. It’s a nifty feature that works well for media coverage when one person is in charge of photographs or videos while the other does the editing and that person can receive the assets on the fly without interruptions. As for an office suite, they have the PC-level WPS Office (which will be available on the Huawei AppGallery on February 6) that you can use for your word documents, presentations and spreadsheets, and yes, the SuperHub will also work on this as well.

The MatePad Pro 13.2 also has some accessories that can optimize productivity, such as the keyboard that you can connect as your protective cover and convert into a laptop-style orientation, or you can detach the keyboard and hook up the tablet to a large screen for a desktop-style system since the keyboard is Bluetooth connected. There’s no need for any clamp or hook to attach the keyboard since it’s magnetic and doesn’t come off that easily which can prevent any accidental drop. The keyboard responds well with no noticeable lags or delays when typing based on our initial tests, and yes, it has a trackpad which you may think this can be a good laptop alternative.

 

The biggest highlight of the accessory is the M-Pencil 3rd Gen, it has high precision for writing and drawing and has high sensitivity that you can draw a very thin line. It also features a new connectivity function called NearLink that connects seamlessly and has low latency. I did some tests on the pen and made some quick sketches to see how well it could perform, so far I was impressed that it feels natural to use when sketching or even when writing notes, it is so responsive that you can write through a white paper that is placed on the tablet, something you can do for tracing illustrations or making a template.

 

The Huawei MatePad 13.2 is now available in two variants; Golden Black with 256GB storage for PHP 59,999 and Green with 512GB storage for PHP 64,999.

A special promo that offers over PHP 33,894 worth of freebies can be avail from February 2 to 29, 2024 that includes the following:

  • Detachable HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard worth PHP 9,999
  • HUAWEI M-Pencil 3rd Gen worth PHP 5,999
  • Bluetooth Mouse worth PHP 1,899
  • HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2 worth PHP 9,999
  • PC-Level WPS Office worth PHP 4,999
  • VIU 1 year Premium Subscription worth PHP 999

You can get your own MatePad 13.2 from the HUAWEI Experience Store, Lazada, Shopee, HUAWEI Online Store and Tiktok Store.

 

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