This week at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Huawei announced two MediaPad M5 Android tablets for 2018. It’s only day two at the conference, and we already have a selection of new mobiles to play around with. The MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro, however, are the only Android tablets we’ve seen, and yeah, in quite a while.
Huawei has been going through some rough times, which began back at CES 2018 in January. The company attempted to gain attention and popularity in the US for the first time in its history with an expansion of Mate 10 Pro, but US carriers weren’t having it. The Chinese company isn’t giving up on its plans though, and is going right for Apple with three competitively priced tablets it announced this week.
Huawei’s MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro tablets are the new kids on the block and sport mostly high-end specifications. The tablets vary a bit in terms of design, but otherwise, they’re basically the same tablet. Despite the loaded software and hardware internals, the devices are expected to follow a previous MediaPad pricing scheme, which means they won’t empty your wallet all the way. If you’re still considering an Android tablet, these should be at the top of your list as far as options. Here’s everything to know.
There are three devices in total, an 8.4-inch MediaPad M5, 10.8-inch MediaPad M5, and 10.8-inch MediaPad M5 Pro. All three tablets have a 2560 x 1600 resolution display, use Huawei’s Kirin 960 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and run EMUI 8.0 atop Android 8.0 Oreo. Storage options will vary by model, ranging from 32GB to 128GB (with microSD card expandability) choices and the three units come in Space Gray and Champagne Gold colors. The company will sell both Wi-Fi and LTE variants, the latter to be priced higher. The smaller variant has a 5,1000mAh battery, and the larger a 7,500mAh capacity. No matter which you choose, you’ll have USB Type-C for charging, Quad stereo speakers, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a single 13MP rear camera.
The MediaPad M5 8.4-inch tablet with Wi-Fi will cost $430 USD with 32GB of storage. The larger MediaPad M5 10.8-inch with Wi-Fi and 128GB of space costs $150 more at $580 USD. Add LTE and the price is bumped even more. If you want the 10.8-inch MediaPad Pro and a pressure sensitive stylus that comes with it, you’re looking at a significantly higher $740 price tag, but that includes LTE. The cheaper models are priced more competitively, whereas the Pro is bound to be out of range for most of you. No release date nor availability information has been announced yet, but Huawei is showing off the new devices at its booth.
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