Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro Hands-On: Are Android tablets on the comeback?
We're here live at MWC 2018 and today we have a product announcement from the likes of Huawei. Since we've been spoiled with recent phone releases, today was about other mobile devices - specifically tablets. Introducing the Huawei MediaPad M5 series.
Huawei's MediaPad M5 series will come in a trio of options: 8.4 inches, 10.8 inches, and a 10.8-inch Pro edition - all under the MediaPad M5 name. We had some personal time with the devices to see what Huawei's put together here.
Design and Display
Processor and Storage
The chipset running these devices will be Huawei's flagship SoC of yesteryear, the Kirin 960, paired with 4 GB's of RAM. This was, and still is, quite a capable piece of silicon and an ample amount of RAM, so we have few worries as far as performance goes; our time with the device showed quick navigation and fluid movement, as expected.
Each model of the Huawei MediaPad M5 will have Wi-Fi-only and LTE variants, as well as Bluetooth 4.2 on-board.
The 8.4-inch MediaPad M5 packs a 5100 mAh battery, rated at 11 hours of use, while the two 10.8's step up to 7500 mAh and 10 hours of use. USB-C charges these Quick Charge-enabled devices.
Pricing and Availability
Starting at €349 for the 8.4-inch, 4+32GB, WiFi-only model, prices increase by €50 each step up in storage; €399 for 64 and €449 for 128 GB's. LTE versions start at €399 and follow the same pricing structure for storage step-ups. The MediaPad M5 10.8-inch starts at €399 for the 4+32GB, WiFi-only model, with €50 step-ups as well, while the LTE version starts at €449. The 10.8-inch MediaPad M5 Pro goes for €499 and €549 with 4+64GB, Wi-Fi-only and 4+128GB WiFi-only, respectively. Lastly, the LTE-enabled Pro version retails at €549 for the 4+64GB model, and €599 for 4+128 GB's.
It's nice to see manufacturers still putting some effort into Android tablets, and although pen support is nothing new, it's still good to see. Loud crisp speakers, a bright colorful screen, and LTE compatibility should make any mobile tech user happy. But has the time of Android tablets simply passed? Or can releases like this one eventually lead us somewhere new and exciting again?