Huawei has revealed a new tablet the previous week, called MatePad, a liter variant of the MatePad Pro flagship device. The new tablet is specially designed for students and sports, some rather interesting specs.
The Chinese tech giant is not the only device developer that has announced a lite version of a flagship tablet; Samsung has also revealed the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, a more affordable version of its flagship device, the Galaxy Tab S6.
The two tablets have more similarities than people expected, and we got them here.
Huawei MatePad available on Amazon:
Huawei MatePad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Design and Display
Both Samsung and Huawei have chosen different designs for their liter version of their flagship tablets, but the materials from which they are made are the same. The tablets pack a glass-covered display, as well as an aluminum frame and back.
The MatePad and Galaxy Tab S6 Lite have decent-sized bezels, and while Huawei went for a pill-shaped camera setup on the back, Samsung has a square-shaped camera array. With regard to dimensions, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a size of 244.5 x 154.3 x 7 mm, while the MatePad measures 245.2 x 155 x 7.4 mm.
When it comes to the display, both tablets sport LCD 10.4-inch screens, with 1200 x 2000 resolution.
While the Huawei MatePad runs on Kirin 810 processor, the Samsung tablet is powered by Exynos 9611 chipset. On this matter, MatePad’s performance is superior to Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s.
The MatePad is available in 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage space. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes in one version, namely with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Both tablets’ storage can be expanded, with the MatePad allowing up to 512GB of memory in addition, and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite up to 1TB.
Both tablets have an 8MP camera on the back, but the MatePad also packs an LED flash. The front camera on the Huawei’s device is an 8MP sensor, while Samsung has a 5MP camera for the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
Battery and Fast Charging
The MatePad comes with a 7250mAh battery, which has support for 18W fast charging, meaning it fully charges in 2.8 hours and lasts for up to 12 hours of video playback. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a 7040mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging and states that it lasts for up to 13 hours on a single charge.
Both devices come with an active stylus, the M-Pencil for Huawei’s tablet, and the S-Pen for Samsung’s device. Still, the MatePad doesn’t come with the stylus in the box, which means that you have to buy it individually.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has an audio jack, while Huawei’s tablet does not, which is rather surprising. However, the MatePad compensates for the lack of an audio jack with four speakers, while Samsung’s device only has two. The Huawei tablet also has a Type-C to 3.5mm audio cable in the box.
Both the MatePad and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite have LTE and Wi-Fi-only versions, but Samsung opts for e-SIM connectivity for its LTE variant, as per the company’s U.K. official page. The tablets both run Android 10, with EMUI 10.1 on the MatePad and One UI 2 on the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite available on Amazon:
When it comes to price, Huawei’s MatePad is sold for about $269 for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage Wi-Fi-only variant, while Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s price is $350 for the same configuration. However, if you also consider the price of the M-Pencil stylus for the MatePad, which is about $70, the price is similar.
The 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage Wi-Fi only MatePad is about $311, while Samsung’s tablet coming with identical configurations is $420. The LTE version of the Huawei’s tablet with those configurations is around $353.
Both MatePad and Galaxy Tab S6 Lite are targeted at students as a cheaper version of the regular options. Still, both have their strengths and weaknesses.
While Huawei’s tablet is certainly better when it comes to performance and price, the fact that it lacks Google‘s apps is not a good thing for a few buyers outside of China. Samsung’s tablet comes with support for Google Apps and Services but has an average processor and lower specs in certain areas.
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