Huawei wasn’t expected to launch the hyped P20 series of smartphones at MWC 2018. But in line with expectations, it kicked off its exhibition show with the Mediapad M5 tablets. The stagnating premium Android tablet space just got one worthy addition with Huawei’s new classy piece of hardware. First, off, there are two versions of the Mediapad M5. A small 8.4-inch variant and a bigger 10.8-inch variant have been introduced at the show. The Mediapad M5 will be offered in cellular as well as Wi-Fi versions as well.
To start with build, the Mediad M5 line has an attractive metal chassis with some elements borrowed from its smartphone line. The edge-hugging antenna lines remind you of it. But they’re also very power-packed on the inside. Huawei has fitted the slates with the HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core chipsets which isn’t the latest. However, it’s not a slouch by any means. The chipset is aided by 4GB of RAM and internal storage that ranges from 32GB to 128GB.
The display of the standard M5 is top notch boasting a 2560 x 1600p resolution. As for the camera, there are huge cutouts at the back for a 13MP lens while the front has an 8MP shooter. The Mediapad M5 doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack which might be a deal breaker for some but the larger variants have stereo speakers.
Also, the bigger variants come with connector pins for keyboards. So you can work on these tablets apart from using them for media consumption. The Mediapad M5 also has a Pro variant which adds a stylus as an accessory and doubles the basic storage. The smaller variant sports a 5100mAh juice pack and the bigger one has a 7100mAh battery. We’re told that these puppies can last you ten to eleven hours on a single charge. As for software the Mediapad M5 comes with Android 8.0 topped with EMUI 8.0.
Availability and pricing of the Mediapad M5 tablets are yet to be known but we expect a base price of 420 Euros for the 8.4-inch variant while another 100 Euros should be added for the 10.8-inch variant. Any takers?