The Huawei MediaPad M5 10 is a new high-end tablet with a metal body, fast processor, and a high-resolution 10.8-inch screen. It is one of the first tablets to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. Its highlights are a great build quality and features like a fingerprint reader. Huawei is offering an optional keyboard cover and a build in desktop mode for better productivity. Here is everything you need to know about the Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8.
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- Full metal body
- High-resolution 10.8-inch screen
- Fast Kirin 960s octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM & up to 128GB storage
- Fingerprint reader
- Optional keyboard and LTE
Huawei MediaPad M5 10: The Basics
The Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 offers a full metal body and feels very high-end. On the top and bottom, we get two soundbars with two speakers each for better audio quality. There are a USB Type C port and a microSD card slot. You can connect headphones using an included Type C adapter only. With the LTE 4G version, you get a nano-SIM slot as well.
As you might have guessed, the screen has a diameter of 10.8 inches. It is an IPS panel with a very high resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a pixel density of 280ppi. While the Pro version does support active pen input, the standard MediaPad M5 10.8 does not.
Unlike the M5 Pro and M5 8.4, the standard 10.8-inch tablet features a HiSilicon Kirin 960s processor. It is an octa-core chip with four 2.1GHz and four 1.8GHz cores. The Kirin 960 from its siblings offers a little higher frequency of up to 2.4GHz. In addition to that, we get 4GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
Together with the other versions of the MediaPad M5 lineup, it is one of the first tablets to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. On top runs Huawei’s EMUI which customizes the interface a lot. It is very similar to previous versions though. There is a new desktop mode that transforms Android into a productivity-focused operating system similar to Windows 10 with a taskbar, start menu and windowed apps.
|Tablet||Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI|
|Display||10.8-inch IPS with 2560 x 1600|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 960s octa-core|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB, 128GB|
|Expandable||microSD card slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,ac, Bluetooth 4.2, optional LTE and GPS|
|Charging||USB Type C|
|Dimensions||258.7 x 171 x 7,3 mm|
The main competitor to the Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 is the similar priced Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. While the processor is not as fast, the Tab S3 features a very pretty Super AMOLED screen and active pen input including their S-Pen out of the box.
If you are looking for something cheaper, you can check out the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10. However, it is not as powerful as the MediaPad M5. Thanks to its nice screen and good speakers it can be a great alternative if you’re looking for an affordable entertainment tablet.
Another interesting alternative is the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 which was released in August 2018. It, again, offers a similar design but less powerful hardware. But it is a bit cheaper.
Availability & Price
The Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 is available since March 2018. Prices start at 399 Euros and that should be similar in US Dollars. If you want more storage or LTE you usually have to pay around 50 Euros more. Huawei is going to release their tablet worldwide including most European and Asian countries, as well as in the United States and Canada.
- Great build quality
- Good display
- Outstanding performance
- Four good speakers
- Good fingerprint scanner
- Decent battery life
- Recent Android 8.0 Oreo
- No 3.5-millimeter audio jack
- Heavy software customization’s
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