Huawei unveils the MediaPad M2 7.0: full-HD tablet with fingerprint sensor, octa-core SoC & more

Huawei unveils the MediaPad M2 7.0: full-HD tablet with fingerprint sensor, octa-core SoC & more
Huawei has maintained its recent cycle of new hardware releases with the announcement in China of the MediaPad M2 7.0. Essentially, it's a fairly well-spec'd tablet similar to last year's Huawei MediaPad M2 (8-inch), with an apparently slight down-sizing in footprint. 

The 8-inch version launched back in July 2015 with an octa-core Kirin 930 SoC, 3 gigs of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The new model matches the 1920 x 1200 resolution of last year, though instead opts for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 chipset with 3 GB RAM. The slate also offers an optional 4G LTE version with dual-SIM slots, and this cellular model gets a choice of 16 or 32 GB of expandable storage—the Wi-Fi version is 16 gigs only. 

With a sharp display and solid processor, it definitely a strong tablet, and should run for a substantial length of time courtesy of its 4360 mAh battery. Elsewhere, the device packs a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies, and is the very first Huawei tablet with to include a fingerprint sensor. 

It would appear that this new 7-inch model is a one-up on the aforementioned MediaPad M2 (8-inch), though it may also be that Huawei will retain a 7, 8 and a 10-inch tablet to keep things nicely diverse. As you might expect from the Chinese firm, the MediaPad M2 7.0 runs on the Emotion UI 3.1 overlay, which is Huawei's own answer to the likes of Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Unfortunately in this case, EMUI 3.1 is baked atop Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is disappointing given the length of time for which Android 6 Marshmallow has graced us. 

The Wi-Fi version will cost the equivalent of $230, while the 16 and 32 GB LTE models will cost roughly $292 and $323 respectively. There's no word on when or if it will launch outside of China, but we will, of course, keep you in the loop. 

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9 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

That side view though... I'll stick with my Tab s2 for now... It's pencil thin, runs very fast and smooth...Plus Marshmallow is expected soon. Why Hawaii wants to release something now with 5.1 on it is beyond me...

2. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

why would I need a dual sim on a tablet? on a phone? yes, I prefer but not on a tablet.

5. cmvrgr

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I am using an Lenovo phab plus 6.8" phablet with dual sim (with 2 sims, 1 business and 1 personal). Why not having dual sim on a small tablet ? There are many people that droped something smaller from 6.4". We need Large screen phones and they should become more powerfull with highend hardware not just midrange. Even 3 sim would be better !!!

9. kalel

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

this is also a phone

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No one makes money from Android tablets I swear, they all suck or cost to much(pixel c) smh.

4. cmvrgr

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I am disappointed with that cpu. I was expecting something more powerfull not again with midrange specs. Lenovo Phab Plus has the same specs and with 6.8” is more phablet size and is now on sale globally and cheaper.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Shield rocks at $200, bang for buck.

7. benzk4

Posts: 1; Member since: May 05, 2016

FYI, The mediapad m2 7.0 is not the first huawei tablet with a fingerprint sensor. The mediapad m2 10.1 released back in January 2016 was the first huawei tablet with a fingerprint sensor.

8. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

This could remedy my size step down from 6.4 inch screen on Sony Z Ultra to 5.5 inches on Sony Z5 Premium. But will the 4G LTE model work on AT&jT?

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