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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13 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1535; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice 10.8" 2k screen I like but march?, it took Huawei over 6 months to release the 2017 version

2. DKUK01

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Indeed, looks great. But aren't android tablets on their deathbed? I'm waiting for a half-decent and light windows 10 inch tab, or possibly a Chrome OS one when they finally appear.

10. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Just get a good windows tablet and install Android OS or if you choose to you can keep Windows OS and duel boot Android OS. You can use Android X86. Here is the link:http://www.android-x86.org/releases/releasenote-7-1-r1 I installed Android TV OS on my older PC as the main OS and it's running faster then any Android TV boxes on the market today.

13. vpro0

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 23, 2017

I have 10" asus tablet, which I use mainly to watch youtube and browse couple sites, and it's perfect for such tasks. And I don't think I'm the only one.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Or just get a proper Windows 10 Convertible. The upcoming Snapdragon 835 equipped convertibles are rumored to cost around the same price bracket (£500). So... Better OS. Better hardware. Same price. But keep in mind that The ARM Version of Windows 10 has some limitations which you may or may not approve. I, on the other hand, don't mind... Much! Oh well, G'Day!

5. corsairgr

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 08, 2017

Windows and proper in the same sentence? And with 835? omfg!!! ps: owner of a win convertible.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

What's wrong with Windows 10, I wonder? Android Tabs used to hold an appeal to me but no longer. Most apps are not optimized for tablets and hence are just a scaled version of their smartphone counterpart. So there goes the 'productivity' aspect od a tablet. About the only tablet I'd actually consider buying would be The Apple iPad 2017 ($350). It's SUPER fast and has some decent set of tablet features in iOS11. And besides, lots of apps actually support iPad in The App Store which is impressive. P.S: Owner of a Windows 10 Home Edition Convertible with an efficient Intel Core M processor. No lags or stutters. It's a very fine machine. You must be coming from an Intel Atom! G'Day!

12. KingSam

Posts: 1284; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I'm eyeing the 2017 iPad or it's successor. But this 8.4 might be an alternative let's see the reviews.

6. DKUK01

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

At the moment, all decent Windows convertibles are bigger than 10 inches and I need something very light to carry around, say around the 500 gram mark. I think the Samsung Book 10 is about 650g so that perhaps too heavy.

7. crzykiller33

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I can't believe we live in a world where 650g is too heavy... What the hell are you made of? Straws?

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You should start working out, dear fellow. There, fixed it for ya!

4. corsairgr

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 08, 2017

Wow... some decent tablets with decent pricing!!! I will think about it! I want an 8-incher for my drone....

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Very nice looking tablet, but I'm on the fence about getting another android tablet. I will wait and see how the chrome OS tablets perform.

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