Huawei MatePad Pro rips off iPad Pro in every way possible

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Huawei MatePad Pro is like an iPad Pro, but cheaper
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Huawei is outrageously flattering the iPad Pro.
Photo: Huawei

No, we didn’t mix up the picture of Huawei’s new tablet with one of the iPad Pro. The two are so similar you have to look closely to see any differences.

The just-announced MatePad Pro doesn‘t run iPadOS, but is otherwise a clone of Apple’s tablet, including the clip-on keyboard and stylus.

Take a closer look at the Huawei MatePad Pro

Like the iPad Pro, Huawei’s new slate has rounded corners and slim bezels. Its designers went for an 8MP hole-punch camera to make these even slimmer.

The MatePad Pro sports a 10.8-inch display, so its similar in size to the 11-inch iPad. Screen resolution is 2,560 by 1,600 pixels — just slightly higher than Apple’s offering.

It runs EMUI 10, a modified version of Android 10, on a Huawei Kirin 990 processor. There’s 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage, plus a 13 MP rear camera and a 7250 mAh battery.

People buy Huawei products because they’re cheaper, and the MatePad Pro is no exception. It’s priced at 3299 Chinese Yuan, which converts to $468.85. That’s with the keyboard and stylus included.

Watch a short video Huawei prepared to show off this tablet:

Very accurate images of the MatePad Pro leaked early this month, if this feels like deja vu.

For other examples of this company copying Cupertino, look no farther than its MagicBook Pro that’s a MacBook clone, and its FreeBuds 3 are strongly reminiscent of the new AirPods Pro.