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Huawei MediaPad M5

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Huawei MediaPad M5 is a new family of Android tablet PC declined in different variants with 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch displays.

Huawei MediaPad M5 is the new family of Android tablets that the Chinese producer presented during the Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2018 event. The new family of Huawei MediaPad M5 is declined in two main strands that differ in the different dimensions of the display. A variant has, in fact, an 8.4-inch screen, while the second of a 10.8-inch display. Both variants have a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels and the ClariVu 5.0-enhanced technology. These are high-end tablet PCs designed for entertainment and productivity.

In particular, the 10.8-inch version offers a really interesting feature precisely in productivity. In fact, Huawei has highlighted how the Desktop View mode is available for this variant of its new tablet PC. By connecting the tablet pc to a special keyboard, the user interface becomes similar to that of a PC allowing users to interact as if they were on a real computer.

Huawei MediaPad M5: design

The Chinese company has worked hard to offer very beautiful products in terms of aesthetics and well-built. The new Huawei MediaPad M5 have a premium look, especially thanks to the unibody aluminum body. The 8.4-inch model presents, of course, better ergonomics thanks to more compact dimensions (212.6mm x 124.8mm x 7.3mm) and a lower weight (316g). The 10.8-inch models are larger (258.7mm x 171.8mm x 7.3mm) but still remain very practical to use since the weight is never excessive (498g).

Huawei MediaPad M5: technical sheet

The new Huawei MediaPad M5 are high-end products and therefore their specifications are of the highest profile. The hardware base is identical for all models. The processor chosen by the Chinese company is the renowned Huawei Kirin 960 octa-core combined with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32/64 / 128GB of storage, expandable through the classic microSD memory up to 256GB. The photographic sector is also interesting. An 8MP fixed-focus camera stands out from the front, while Huawei has implemented a 13MP camera with autofocus.

Of course there are all those sensors and supports such as Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual band. LTE is present in some versions. The fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C and a stereo sound system (Harman Kardon) complete the data sheet.

As for the operating system, the new Huawei MediaPad M5 features Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0 interface.

8.4-inch Huawei MediaPad M5

This specific model has an 8.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560X1600 pixels and 359 ppi. Being the smallest model, the battery is smaller than that of the older brothers. Specifically, in this model there is a 5100 mAh battery with quick charge. The tablet pc has two stereo speakers.

10.8-inch Huawei MediaPad M5

It has a 10.8-inch display with a resolution of 2560X1600 pixels and 280 ppi. The battery is 7500 mAh with quick charge. By connecting the tablet pc to a specific keyboard, the 10.8-inch Huawei MediaPad M5 can have the “Desktop View” mode that transforms the device of a more versatile product in terms of productivity, thanks to a “desktop style” interface which allows you to manage the product as a kind of small notebook. The tablet pc also has four stereo speakers.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8-inch Pro

Compared to the Huawei MediaPad M5 model, it is available in 64GB and 128GB internal storage. In addition, it features the new Huawei M-Pen stylus that supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure.

Huawei MediaPad M5: availability and price

The new Huawei MediaPad M5 will be sold in these versions and prices in Italy:

  • Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch: € 399.90, in the Space Gray coloring
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8-inch WiFi: € 399.90 from early March in the Space Gray coloring
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8-inch LTE: € 449.90 from early March in the Space Gray coloring
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8-inch LTE: € 549.90 from early April in Space Gray coloring

Our impressions

We had the chance to test the tablet for a week, in its standard 10.8-inch version (not Pro). The expectations have not been disappointed: it is a device dedicated to multimedia, which makes the audio and video sector its main strengths. Good panel, characterized by a remarkable brightness that makes it suitable for viewing content even in open spaces, as well as the speakers signed by Harman Kardon that are a guarantee.

In particular, when playing music, the tablet is at its best. The sound coming out of the speakers is rich and well balanced, without any distortion even at high volumes. This relieves the user from the obligation to rely on external speakers to enjoy their favorite tracks.

Instead, we did not have the chance to touch the physical keyboard or the M-Pen nib, if not briefly at the Milanese Experience Store of Huawei. Thanks to these two components, the device performs the function of a tool for moving productivity. It seemed particularly interesting to us the technology that automatically digitizes the notes and calculations written by hand (at the time of the launch it supports only the English language).

We are therefore faced with one of the best Android tablets in circulation. We can say that at the launch is unrivaled in the segment in terms of multimedia. Wanting to find a lack of the product is identified in the absence of 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and earphones: a trend triggered in the smartphone territory and now come to infect that tablet too. However, an adapter to connect to the USB Type-C slot is included in the packaging.

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