That means if you pick up the Chinese tablet you won’t be able to leverage the likes of the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, the list goes on.
Additionally, Android tablets still suffer from the age-old problem of app support. Unlike Apple’s iPadOS that has a swathe of programmes that are tailor-made for it, Android is lacking optimised apps for the larger form factor.
With that said, Huawei is still championing the entertainment and productivity functionality of the MatePad Pro. The Chinese firm is selling a keyboard case and an M Pen stylus for the device so you can finish your written documents and presentations on the fly.
The MatePad Pro will go on sale in China on December 12. The device starts at 3,299 Chinese Yuan which translates to roughly £360 for the entry-level model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Unfortunately, there’s no word on a release outside of China, but Express.co.uk will update you if or when this changes.
So should Apple be worried about Huawei’s new tablet? Probably not.
The device’s limited release and software omissions (the lack of Google support) will probably prevent it from mounting a true challenge to the iPad, assuming the US’s stance against Huawei doesn’t change of course.