Android tablets aren’t common anymore. Google seems to be phasing them out, and few OEMs are still taking interest in the product category. Android tablets have never been the best, and the market for tablets has dwindled now that smartphones are so large. Huawei, however, is a firm believer in the tablet business, and will look to compete with what’s left using 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch MediaPad tablets.
When Huawei’s next-gen MediaPad tabs were introduced, we couldn’t confirm US availability. As of this week, the pair is available at Amazon and Newegg. Both sizes feature modern-specs, a metal design and new software. On board is the company’s in-house Kirin 960 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage (expandable via microSD card). Both have Android 8.0 and EMUI 8.0, as well as the same camera tech (13MP rear, 8MP front). What separates the two apart are only size, price and battery (7,500 mAh for larger, 5,100 mAh for smaller).
Looking ahead, these tablets may help Huawei conquer some much-needed popularity in the US territory. Times have been rough for Chinese OEMs in the US, Huawei being no exception with carriers and retailers not helping and the government warning consumers. MediaPad M5 8.4-inch is available for $319 while the 10.8-inch pad costs $359. There’s also a Pro variant available of the larger size that retails for $449 with a stylus and keyboard doc. These prices aren’t half bad, even for Wi-Fi only tablets, and are great options for anyone in the market. Buyers can pick from Space Gray and Champagne Gold colors in any size. Hit the link below to Amazon if you’re interested.