Huawei Announces the High-End MediaPad M5 Android Tablet

High-end Android tablets may have all but disappeared from the market, but Huawei is soldiering on, trying to capture whatever small segment of the market remains.

At the MWC, Huawei announced its first tablet, the MediaPad M5, for quite a while.

Design

It comes in 8.4 and 10.8-inch versions to cater to larger audiences. The tablet is available in Space Gray and Champagne Gold colors.

Huawei M5 Tablet in 8.4 and 10.8 inches

Huawei MediaPad M5


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Other than the two tablets, there’s a special version of the 10-inch version on sale, called the MediaPad M5 Pro, which comes with a stylus and keyboard accessories. The stylus features 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Black MediaPad M5 Pro

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro

The IPS display in both the tablets come with 16:9, 2560 x 1600 resolution. It runs on Android’s 8.0 Oreo which has been customized quite heavily. Below the display sits a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button with stereo speakers on the sides.


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Internals and Camera

Under the hood, is Huawei’s high-end Kirin 960 chip with 4 GB RAM and three different storage options of 32, 64 and 128 GB. It includes a microSD card slot, while optional LTE versions will retail for a higher price.

The camera on the back is a 13 MP shooter, without a flash, while the one on the front comes with an 8 MP lens, sans autofocus.

For connectivity, you get Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. Unfortunately, it misses out on the headphone jack (despite the additional legroom of a tablet) and instead makes do with a USB Type-C-to-headphone port.

Battery and Price

Battery capacities on the 8.4 and 10.8-inch versions are set at 5100 and 7500 mAh, respectively, which should be adequate enough for running through a whole day.

Pricing starts at €349 for the base model, increasing by €50 for each storage version. The 10-inch model starts at €400.

The LTE version also starts at, wait for it, €50 more.

Shipping will begin later this year, though, an exact date wasn’t given.



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