Giving you a budget option to stream videos and movies online, Huawei recently unveiled the MatePad T10s tablet. The new model gets a decently specced screen paired with a stereo speaker setup. This cheap tablet is already up for sales in many parts of Europe, but before you go ahead with the purchase, here’s what you need to know about the MatePad T10s, including its detailed specs and pricing, besides some worthy alternatives to consider.
- 10.1-inch FHD+ screen
- Stereo speakers
- Octo-core Kirin 710A processor
- EMUI 10.1
- Up to 3GB RAM, 64GB storage
- 5100mAh battery
- USB Type-C
- 4G LTE
Huawei MatePad T10s: The Basics
The simple-looking MatePad T10s gets a deep blue shade for its flat back, which has rounded edges for better ergonomics. Over at the front, you’ll be greeted with a large 10-inch screen surrounded by even-sized bezels. Other than that, there isn’t a lot going on if you look at the tablet from the front. Since this is a full HD panel, you can easily use it to watch movies, and the pair of stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon will make your experience even better.
Under the hood, the MatePad T10s rocks a Kirin 710A processor with eight cores and is paired with a Mali G51 GPU. It is Huawei’s in-house mid-range chip, which has performed decently well on other devices. The tablet comes running Android 10-based EMUI 10.1 that features dark mode, kids’ mode, and dual-window support. Considering the device is positioned in the entry-level segment, it gets up to 3GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.
In terms of camera, you’re getting a 5MP shooter on the back along with a 2MP one on the front for making video calls. The T10s has a USB-C port, supports Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi ac, while connecting to an LTE network is also an option. Huawei has included a 5100mAh battery inside this model that charges using a 10W adapter provided inside the box.
|Tablet||Huawei MatePad T10s|
|Operating system||Android 10-based EMUI 10.1|
|Display||10.1-inch IPS LCD (1920 x 1200), 224 PPI|
|Processor||Octa-core Kirin 710A CPU with Mali G51 GPU|
|Expandable||Up to 512GB|
|Main camera||5 Megapixels|
|Front camera||2 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Battery||5100mAh, 10W charging|
|Dimensions||240.2 x 159 x 7.85 mm|
Pricing & Availability
Huawei isn’t selling this tablet in many global markets directly due to its tussle with the US administration. However, you can grab one in some markets in Europe, including the UK, where it comes in at £160 (~$210) for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. For the higher-end variant with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, you’ll have to shell out £190 (~$250). Huawei is giving away a free Bluetooth speaker with the device if you order from its site.
Huawei MatePad T10s Alternatives
Samsung’s most-recent Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 (review) costs about the same and gets you a much better software experience with the full Android version along with the robust-after-sales support of Samsung. Alternatively, you can look at Lenovo’s budget Tab M10 HD (2nd Gen), which gets you a similar package at a starting price of $190. If Android isn’t your jam, you can also look at the new iPad 8 (review), which should be discounted during the upcoming holiday sales.
Amazon’s Fire HD 10 (review) from last year could also be a great option if you want a cheap device primarily for entertainment or hand it to your kids. While those looking for a tablet that could also be used as a work machine should check out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet (review). It fits the bill with its desktop-class Chrome OS and the support for keyboard attachment. People with an artistic side may want to look at the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (review), which comes with Samsung’s fantastic S Pen along with all its fun software features.
- Premium design
- Great speakers
- Decent screen
- Good performance
- Android 10
- No Google Play Store
- Widevine Level 1
- Bad cameras
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