High-end Android tablets have fallen by the wayside, which makes the Huawei MediaPad M5 all the more interesting. It has a premium build as well as premium features, including an optional stylus.
The tablet comes in two sizes 8.4 and 10.8 – though other than the size of the screen and battery, they are virtually identical. Specifically, they have IPS screens with 2,560 x 1,600px resolution. The screen is covered with 2.5D glass Huawei claims this is a first on tablets.
The metal unibody has reinforced edges that help protect the screen. If you go for the larger model, Huawei has a bespoke keyboard (that connects via pogo pins) for a 2-in-1 experience.
The MediaPad M5 runs Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 and is powered by a Kirin 960 chipset (from the Huawei P10/Mate 9). Its coupled with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage theres a pricing table below and do keep in mind that theres a microSD slot, so theres no need to go for the top model.
Technically, theres a third tablet the MediaPad M5 Pro. That one is the 10.8 tablet, but comes packaged with an M-Pen, Huaweis stylus. It can sense up to 4,096 levels of pressure (just like a certain other stylus). Buttons on the stylus itself offer shortcuts to take a screenshot, delete an image or launch an app.
Okay, the two tablet sizes arent completely identical. The 10.8 models have quad speakers tuned by Harman/Kardon while 8.4 tablet has stereo speakers. Both have dedicated power amps and support Huawei Histen for an immersive 3D sound.
In terms of battery, the small Huawei MediaPad M5 has a 5,100mAh Li-Po power bank, the large ones have 7,500mAh. Both support fast charging (9V at 2A) over USB-C, which takes just under 2 hours to fully charge the 8.4 tablet and just under 3 hours for the 10.8 tablet.
If youre the type to take photos with a tablet (not that we would judge), these two have 13MP cameras on the back (with autofocus) and 8MP shooters on the back (fixed-focus).
The MediaPad tablets will be available in the Spring in Europe, North America, China, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Here come the prices: