The Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8 is the more premium model among the two high-end tablets recently announced in China. While featuring a high-resolution 10.8-inch QHD display and stereo speakers for entertainment, the tablet is also designed for productivity and comes with several features to support this side of the device.
This is everything that you need to know about the MediaPad M6 10.8
- 10.8-inch 2K display
- 7nm octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM & 64/128GB storage
- microSD support
- USB Type-C and headphone jack
- Optional 4G LTE
- Android 9 Pie
- 7500mAh battery
- Four-speaker stereo setup
- Smart magnetic keyboard
- M-Pen lite stylus
Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8: The Basics
With a design like absolutely any random tablet, the Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8 has a 10.8-inch QHD IPS 16:10 display on the front that is surrounded by even-sized bezels. Meant to be used in landscape mode, the device has a fingerprint scanner on the right bezel where your thumb would naturally rest. Being a high-end model in Huawei’s arsenal, the tablet is made out of metal and includes equally high-end internals. A 7nm octa-core HiSilicon 980 powers the tablet, which is the brand’s top-of-the-line chipset for mobile devices and it is complemented by a Mali G76 MP10 GPU.
Talking about the memory, the 10.8-inch tablet offers an internal storage of 64GB or 128GB, based on the model you choose, which is expandable by up to 512GB using a microSD card. 4GB of RAM remains standard across all storage configurations. When it comes to software, you will find Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.1 OS preinstalled on the machine which offers a plethora of connectivity options. You can opt for a 4G LTE-enabled model of the MediaPad M6 10.8 which will allow you to access the internet in situations where Wi-Fi is inaccessible. This is in addition to the tablet’s support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
Huawei and Harman Kardon have seemingly worked together on this tablet’s speaker system which includes four speakers with two on each of its side for a stereo effect. A 3.5mm audio jack is also included for using wired headphones. Besides this, the pogo-pin connection is supported by the device which allows a seamless connection to a keyboard. It features a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP sensor on the front. A 7500mAh battery is included inside the tablet which, according to Huawei, should last for up to 11 hours with continuous video playback. The battery supports fast charging using the included 18W brick. The tablet will be up for grabs in a couple of color options—Champagne Gold and Silver Ash.
Productivity on Point
The Chinese company appears to have taken inspiration from a number of tech giants to create its own productivity device. On one side, it has included a pogo-pin connector on this tablet for attaching a keyboard case, similar to Apple iPad’s implementation, and on the other side, Huawei’s EMUI has a dedicated desktop-like interface which can be activated when needed, much like the famed Samsung DeX. Android tablets have an added advantage of a full support for mouse interaction, which really helps to get things done quickly.
Huawei has made its own smart keyboard case that magnetically attaches to the tablet and its previously launched M-Pen lite stylus also works flawlessly with the new tablet. The said stylus supports pressure sensitivity while the keyboard adds about 345 grams of weight to the tablet. The computer interface from Huawei has a taskbar, supports folders, and will let you access Office software possibly in desktop mode.
|Tablet||Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8|
|Operating system||EMUI 9.1 (based on Android 9 Pie)|
|Display||10.8-inch (2560 x 1600)|
|Processor||Octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980|
|Graphics||Mali G76 MP10|
|Storage||64GB or 128GB|
|Expandable||MicroSD card slot (up to 512GB)|
|Main camera||13 Megapixels|
|Front camera||8 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|Ports||USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Security||Front-facing fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||257 x 170 x 7.2 mm|
Availability & Pricing
For some reasons, the MediaPad M6 10.8 will be available for purchase in China a full 10 days before the 8.4-inch model. The premium tablet was made available for pre-order on the day of its announcement itself with sales in China starting from July 10. Like it is the case with the MediaPad M6 8.4, or pretty much all Huawei products, the chances of it heading for the US are low. The company is, however, yet to make an announcement for any country outside China.
The base Wi-Fi-only variant of the 10.8-inch model with 64GB of storage costs 2,299 yuan (USD 334) with the 128GB storage option costing 2,699 yuan (USD 392). The variant supporting 4G LTE costs 2,699 yuan (USD 392) for 64GB of ROM while the 128GB option is priced at 3,499 yuan (USD 508). Both the Huawei M-Pen lite and the keyboard case are sold separately and aren’t a part of the standard bundle.
Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8 Alternatives
The tablet which the MediaPad M6 10.8 directly competes with is the Apple iPad Air 2019 (review) which matches almost all the features of the Huawei offering while being priced at $499. Last year’s standard iPad (review) could also be an option if you don’t plan on putting the tablet under a heavy workload. And if you absolutely need to do that, then Apple also has the iPad Pro (review) lineup which is arguably more powerful than any other tablet but it charges a premium for that.
Away from iOS, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (review) could be a great alternative in the Android space but it comes with a slightly inferior processor. Or, you can get Huawei’s own MediaPad M5 10 (review) from 2018 which will do almost everything this new model does and will also save you a few bucks.
Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8With the MediaPad M6 10.8, Huawei has tried to tick a lot of right boxes giving almost everything someone can ask from a tablet in 2019. It has a large QHD display that is supported by a quad-speaker setup. For productivity, there is support for keyboard connectors and stylus while you can access the internet on-the-go with 4G LTE compatibility. Getting more storage is as simple as popping in a 512GB microSD card.
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