In line with the likes of Apple and Samsung, Huawei has an extensive lineup of tablets in its arsenal that are targeted at pretty much every price segment. With the trend of using these portable machines for productivity gathering pace, the Chinese company came up with its own desktop mode that turns your tablet into a portable work machine, mostly for less-taxing tasks. On the other hand, there are some Huawei tablets that you can watch movies on all day long or your kids can play a game or two with. And then there is everything in between.
Most of the below-mentioned tablets have gone through a series of testing for being worthy of our recommendation and they did pass with good scores in their respective segments. However, there are some tablets launched within the last couple of weeks that aren’t yet available outside China but they appear to be strong contenders given what they have to offer.
If you want to browse through tablet makers other than Huawei then you can check out our Android tablet recommendations for 2020.
Huawei MatePad Pro
Huawei recently announced its highest-end tablet yet under the new MatePad series targeting professional users, hence the Pro moniker. While it takes a bit too many design cues from Apple’s iPad Pro, it does come with a contemporary design that you’d expect from a tablet in 2020. Even its keyboard attachment and the accompanying stylus look identical to their Apple counterparts. But everything apart from that remains true to Huawei’s story.
You can configure it with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, but it commands an equally premium price tag, though more modest RAM and storage combinations are also available. It packs the newest premium chip from the Chinese company and supports a desktop mode for better productivity. The MatePad Pro is among the very few tablets that can charge wirelessly, while it also supports 40W fast wired charging. No matter how tempting the tablet may seem with all these features, most of us cannot grab one considering its availability constraints outside China—also the reason why we couldn’t review it yet.
Huawei MediaPad M6 10
The Chinese company recently updated its MediaPad series for 2019 with two premium tablets, one of those was the MediaPad M6 10. While we still haven’t got a chance to review this particular device, neither do we know yet if it will be made available outside China, but based on its specifications and our extensive experience with previous Huawei tablets, it manages to be one of our top recommendations.
For a starting price of $334 in China, you will get is a high-resolution 10.8-inch QHD display with the device being powered by the top-tier octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset. Huawei has managed to create nearly a complete package, at least on paper, that brings a lot to the table, including an optional 4G variant. The tablet also supports magnetically attached keyboard and Huawei’s stylus along with a dedicated desktop mode for added productivity.
Huawei MediaPad M6 8
Part of the latest MediaPad series from Huawei, this tablet shares our sentiment for its recommendation with the previous device. Considering its specifications and features, it is a great product coming from the tech giant that doesn’t compromise much. The MediaPad M6 8 packs the same internals as its 10.8-inch sibling but still manages to reduce its overall size, which is also the biggest difference between the two.
An 8.4-inch display is included on the tablet with the same 2K display ensuring a higher pixel density. Besides getting a lighter and a portable device, it has a tad smaller 6100mAh battery but lacks a fingerprint scanner. It also comes sans those pogo pins that can be used for connecting an external keyboard and similar is the case with the Huawei stylus.
Huawei MediaPad M5 10 / Pro
In our review, the MediaPad M5 10 scored a high score with its uncompromising hardware with little to no downsides. The 2018 variant is not only a good entertainment device with its quality display and stereo speakers but it can also help you get some work done using its desktop mode and accessories like the external keyboard and stylus.
With all the things it carries, Huawei has also included an equally capable battery which kept the tablet running for 12.5 hours in our testing. This metal tablet comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front for biometric authentications. However, it lacks a headphone jack and the software skin from the company can be overwhelming for those used to a simpler OS.
Huawei MediaPad M5 8
Despite being a year old, the Huawei MediaPad M5 8 remains one of our favorite 8-inch tablets as it has a lot to offer for its original starting price of 349 euros, though you should now be able to find it at a discounted rate. It features a QHD IPS display which is great for a portable device and uses a high-end Kirin 960 processor.
The tablet even comes with a fingerprint scanner, which, apparently, its 2019 successor lacks. It could be a great media device for watching movies and TV shows at home or for working on the go. A decent battery life compliments this package but it is rather annoying to know there is no 3.5mm audio jack provided in line with the 10-inch model.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10
Not everyone needs top-end specifications and for such users, Huawei introduced the Lite series of its MediaPad M5 lineup which turned out to be ideal for many. Scoring high in our review from last year, the lower mid-range tablet has inherited the same metal build from its premium counterpart while also offering a pretty decent battery life of 12.5 hours.
It gets a good full HD IPS panel that is complemented by four speakers that are arranged for stereo output. Huawei has used a mid-range Kirin 659 processor which offers respectable performance and the MediaPad M5 Lite 10 also comes with a fingerprint scanner. You also have the option to use the M Pen Lite stylus from Huawei if your needs are inclined towards that direction.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 8 / Honor Pad 5 8-Inch
Announced in March, this 8-inch tablet is the newest member of the MediaPad M5 Lite series. It not only gets a tad better internals than the 10-inch Lite tablet but also comes at a lower starting price of $174. We recently received the tablet for review and our initial testing has provided some surprising results.
For starters, the MediaPad M5 Lite 8 offers good display and performance, particularly for its price. Its battery backup is also equally satisfactory with a life of 11.5 hours in our standard battery test. What we miss is the support for the Huawei stylus and a fingerprint scanner. Use of a micro USB port instead of Type-C was downright disappointing. Our in-depth review of the tablet should go live soon.
Huawei MediaPad T5 / Honor Pad 5 10-inch
Huawei’s entry-level MediaPad T5 is that inexpensive tablet that you can have in your home for everyone in the family to share for watching movies or some light browsing. There is no standout feature on this product and it just gets the basics right for a starting price of under $200. Even though it is a budget model, it manages to have a metal back.
On the front, you will find a 10.1-inch full HD display that is good enough for your day-to-day tasks and has decent specifications to support that. You shouldn’t expect much from this device and Huawei has also treated it as such. It has got a pair of cameras that are just basic and the tablet is also unlikely to receive any software updates going forward.
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