Well, more except for one very important component, and it’s exactly the one component of a modern tablet that makes iPad the industry leader. Yeah, Apple’s is that good, and Huawei’s is that bad.
Remember, Huawei is the Chinese technology company that is hated by the U.S. government, banned in many countries (including the U.S.), and notorious for its disrespect of privacy, security, intellectual property. Or, put a different way, disrespect of anything that belongs to anyone else.
Maybe that’s why the latest Huawei tablet was introduced in China. In Chinese. Google Translate can give you the details, more or less.
Upfront you get a 10.8-inch MatePad Pro that looks remarkably similar to the 11-inch iPad Pro. It has a 10.8-inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution, 540 nits, the DCI-P3 color gamut. The MatePad Pro is a touch heavier and thicker, has a huge 7,250 mAh battery, Harman Kardon speakers, and five microphones.
Plus, the hardware you’d like to see in an entry-level iPad Pro is there. 6GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and with stylus and keyboard is still priced at just over $700.
What’s not to like?
Unfortunately– for Huawei and anyone else in the world outside of Chine– the MatePad Pro disappoints because it doesn’t have the commercial version of Android which sets it apart from iPhone and Google.
What does that mean?
No Google Play store.
Imagine if you could get an iPad Pro on sale for, say, $200 off– but it could not use Apple’s iPadOS apps or even connect to the App Store. Is that price tag worth the hardware specifications if the software you want to use is not available?
That might be why Huawei won’t be selling it in the U.S. or Europe where Google rules.
The obvious problem with iPad Pro killers is they never kill anything. Except themselves. So, maybe we should call them something different than iPad Pro killers.