Huawei MediaPad M5 unveiled - 8.4" and 10.8" tablets with premium aspirations

Peter, 25 February 2018

High-end Android tablets have fallen by the wayside, which makes the Huawei MediaPad M5 all the more interesting. It has a premium build as well as premium features, including an optional stylus.

The tablet comes in two sizes – 8.4” and 10.8” - though other than the size of the screen and battery, they are virtually identical. Specifically, they have IPS screens with 2,560 x 1,600px resolution. The screen is covered with 2.5D glass – Huawei claims this is a first on tablets.

The metal unibody has reinforced edges that help protect the screen. If you go for the larger model, Huawei has a bespoke keyboard (that connects via pogo pins) for a 2-in-1 experience.

Huawei MediaPad M5 unveiled - 8.4" and 10.8" tablets with a premium inclination

The MediaPad M5 runs Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 and is powered by a Kirin 960 chipset (from the Huawei P10/Mate 9). It’s coupled with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage – there’s a pricing table below and do keep in mind that there’s a microSD slot, so there’s no need to go for the top model.

Technically, there’s a third tablet – the MediaPad M5 Pro. That one is the 10.8” tablet, but comes packaged with an M-Pen, Huawei’s stylus. It can sense up to 4,096 levels of pressure (just like a certain other stylus). Buttons on the stylus itself offer shortcuts to take a screenshot, delete an image or launch an app.

Okay, the two tablet sizes aren’t completely identical. The 10.8” models have quad speakers – tuned by Harman/Kardon – while 8.4” tablet has stereo speakers. Both have dedicated power amps and support Huawei Histen for an immersive 3D sound.

In terms of battery, the small Huawei MediaPad M5 has a 5,100mAh Li-Po power bank, the large ones have 7,500mAh. Both support fast charging (9V at 2A) over USB-C, which takes just under 2 hours to fully charge the 8.4” tablet and just under 3 hours for the 10.8” tablet.

If you’re the type to take photos with a tablet (not that we would judge), these two have 13MP cameras on the back (with autofocus) and 8MP shooters on the back (fixed-focus).

The MediaPad tablets will be available in the Spring in Europe, North America, China, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Here come the prices:

Huawei MediaPad M5 (Wi-Fi) 8.4" 10.8" 10.8" Pro
32GB €350 €400 -
64GB €400 €450 €500
128GB €450 €500 €550
Huawei MediaPad M5 (LTE) 8.4" 10.8" 10.8" Pro
32GB €400 €450 -
64GB €450 €500 €550
128GB €500 €550 €600*
* for Chinese market only

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

better than some one down clock your processor just because your battery is getting a little bit old

  • Anonymous

apple should make user region free

  • Anonymous

at least it won't down clock your processor just because your battery getting a little bit old, haha