Chinese technology giant Huawei yesterday refreshed its MediaPad lineup of premium tablets to include two new tablets, one of them is the MediaPad M6 8.4. This device not only gets a metal build but also includes one of the highest-end chipsets of any Android tablet of its size. On top of that, the company has thrown in a 2K display, stereo speakers, and 4G LTE connectivity.
Here is everything that you need to know about the Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4, including its pricing and availability details.
- 8.4-inch 2K display
- 7nm octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM & 64/128GB storage
- USB Type-C and microSD support
- Optional 4G LTE
- Android 9 Pie
- 6100mAh battery
- Stereo speakers
Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4: The Basics
Over at the front, what you’ll see is an 8.4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels giving it a total pixel density of 359 PPI. There is no fingerprint scanner to be found on this Huawei tablet, unlike its 10.8-inch sibling announced alongside. The MediaPad M6 8.4 is a high-end machine that comes powered by Huawei’s in-house flagship 7nm HiSilicon 980 octa-core chipset that has proven its might in several recent top-end smartphones from the company. It is aided by a Mali G76 MP10 GPU along with RAM of 4GB which remains standard across all models.
The tablet allows you to insert a microSD card of up to 512GB which is in addition to its internal memory of 64GB or 128GB, based on the variant you pick. Out of the box, the tablet comes running Android 9 Pie with the brand’s own EMUI 9.1.1 skin on top. In terms of connectivity, the device supports the latest standards of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while also featuring the support for 4G LTE connectivity, though no calling feature is advertised. It lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and the company has sort of compensated for it by including stereo speakers.
Being a high-end device, the tablet is made out of metal, however, Huawei has announced it only in champagne gold color. It has a rear-facing 13MP camera along with an LED flash and an 8MP camera on the front. A 6100mAh battery has been included by Huawei in this tablet which is said to offer 12.5 hours of continuous video playback and it also supports fast charging. For this purpose, an 18W USB Type-C charger is provided in the box besides a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack converter for connecting wired headphones.
A Flagship Performer & Entertainer
The HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset is among the fastest mobile processors in the market and with it, the Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4 tablet gains a significant performance boost. With a rather manageable 8.4-inch display, the tablet becomes easier to move around while staying capable enough to support demanding tasks at both work and home. Despite this, the device isn’t a full-blown productivity tablet mainly because it lacks the pogo-pin-style connector for attaching a keyboard and the support for a stylus.
For being used as an entertainment device, the tablet ticks most of the right boxes, at least on paper. Huawei has included a high-resolution IPS display panel on the tablet which should at least ensure a sharper image and wide viewing angles. Plus, the inclusion of stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon makes the movie watching even more immersive. However, the removal of the headphone jack cannot be forgotten which is surprising since it is provided on the 10.8-inch model of the MediaPad M6 despite being a tad thinner.
|Tablet||Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4|
|Operating system||EMUI 9.1.1 (based on Android 9 Pie)|
|Display||8.4-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|
|Security||No fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||206.4 x 125.2 x 7.4 mm|
Availability & Pricing
Huawei will start taking orders for the MediaPad M6 8.4 starting July 10 with sales in China starting from July 20. There is no update when the company plans to bring the tablet to more international markets. This is particularly more important given the ongoing trade ban on the company by the US government.
The Chinese company did announce the pricing for the local market. The base Wi-Fi only variant of the tablet with 64GB storage will cost 1,999 yuan (USD 290) while the 128GB model will cost 2,399 yuan (USD 348). On the other hand, the 4G LTE-enabled model will start at 2,399 yuan (USD 348) for the variant with 64GB memory with the 128GB memory option costing 2,699 yuan (USD 392).
Do note that 4GB of RAM stays standard across all these storage variants.
Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4 Alternatives
Having a similar screen size, the 2019 Apple iPad Mini (review) can easily replace the MediaPad M6 8.4 by either matching its features or, at times, outnumbering it. The Apple tablet has a higher starting price, though. In the Android space, there is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 (review) that hovers in a similar price segment as the Huawei product and comes with the S Pen built-in and it even did well in our review of the tablet.
If you don’t want absolutely the best specifications then you can give the Huawei’s own MediaPad M5 Lite 8, which was launched just a couple of months back, a look and you might save a few bucks as well. On the budget side of the spectrum, the Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 (review) stands as a fantastic choice offering a respectable set of features if your primary use will be watching films and TV shows. And it costs just $79.99!
Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4Having a smaller footprint, the Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4 is easier to move around without missing a beat, thanks to its top-tier processor and a high resolution display. For better connectivity when outdoors, it supports 4G LTE and comes with a pair of stereo speakers offering a better audio experience. It has 4GB of RAM and comes running Android 9 Pie-based EMUI.
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