Huawei introduces two new MediaPad tablets
By Chong Jinn Xiung July 24, 2018
- Two new models in 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch sizes
- Variant screen sizes and large battery with quick charging among features
WHO says the tablet market is dead? Huawei certainly doesn’t think so as the company launched its latest series of tablets with the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro.
The smaller of the two, the MediaPad M5 has an 8.4-inch display while the M5 Pro has a 10.8-inch display. Both sport 2,560 x 1,600 resolution IPS displays.
The two tablets have a common curved metal body that measures just 7.3mm thin, remaining simple yet elegant. The tablets possess a high screen-to-body ratio, attempting to emulate the bezel-less trend on smartphones.
Beyond just offering hours of productivity and entertainment, the MediaPad M5 has an Eye Comfort mode that makes it easier on the eyes for reading after a long period of time. The display’s colour temperature automatically adjusts to reflect the light in the surrounding environment for a more optimum viewing experience.
There are reports that the MediaPad M5 will be getting an update that will bring Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology to the forefront that is claimed to allow graphic intensive games to run smoother thanks to software and hardware optimisation.
Huawei is banking on the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro to hit a homerun with audiophiles as they both support Hi-Res Audio playback.
For more casual listening, the MediaPad M5 has dual speakers while the larger M5 Pro has quad speakers. On top of that, the speakers are tuned by acoustic experts Harman Kardon to deliver a more immersive soundscape.
On the inside, the two tablets are powered by Huawei’s Kirin 960 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Users who want to expand their storage will be pleased to know that the two tablets accept microSD cards up to 256GB in size.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Huawei device if it wasn’t running on their latest interface, EMUI 8.0 on top of Android 8.0.
Just like other tablets out there, the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro come with cameras though they both have a single 13-Megapixel rear camera and an 8-Megapixel front camera for selfies.
Unique to the M5 Pro is the ability to use the M-Pen, a lightweight stylus with 4,096-level of pressure sensitivity for accurate note taking and drawing. Using a USB Type-C charger, the M-Pen is claimed to be able to last up to 50 days of use on a single charge.
If it is power you are seeking, the both tablets are well equipped to power through your typical work day. The smaller MediaPad M5 has a 5,100mAh battery while the M5 Pro packs a larger 7,500mAh battery.
Both of them support quick charging via USB Type-C that Huawei claims enables the M5 to full charge in under two hours and the M5 Pro under three hours.
Huawei’s MediaPad M5 is available in Space Gray and Champagne Gold at US$371 (RM1,499) while the MediaPad M5 Pro is only available in Space Gray at US$470 (RM1,899).
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