Huawei outs MediaPad M5 tablets with sleek design and LTE modems

Huawei won't introduce its new flagship smartphone(s) at MWC 2018, but it just unleashed a new wave of tablets under the MediaPad brand, and these aren't your typical Android slates of yesteryear.

The MediaPad M5 is available in 8.4- and 10.8-inch versions with IPS displays at 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, and is powered by the company's own Kirin 960 chipset, with 4GB RAM and 32GB - 128GB storage versions. Large batteries good for 10/11 hours, and 2/4 Harman speakers round up the good offerings.

The huge camera cutout on the back that we saw in leaked renders, is apparently a 13 MP shooter, and there are margnetic pins on the back for attaching the new MediaPads to accessories such as the official keyboard folio. Huawei throws in a pressure-sensitive Mate pen, but it comes as an extra periphery.

The high-end 10" M5 will cost €399 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version, while the 8-incher is just €349 in that config. The top 10" 4G LTE model with 128GB storage, however, is €549 (€499 for the 8-incher). 

These puppies land some time in March in the US and throughout Europe, complete with nano SIM card slots, LTE connectivity, and the latest Android 8.0 Oreo on board. Any takers?

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