To say that the tablet market is as flat as a pancake could be an understatement. Since the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 back at MWC 2017 in February, well, there hasn’t been a whole lot for tablet lovers to get excited about in the Android world. And yes, I include Amazon’s Fire tablets with that statement. Is it too much to hope that 2018 will see a resurgent tablet market? It’s uncertain territory, for sure, but perhaps Chinese handset maker, Huawei, will breathe new life in the segment with its Mediapad M5 that has been spotted getting Bluetooth certification.
You may ask why Huawei’s new tablet carries the M5 moniker and not M4, with the previous model being the Mediapad M3. Well, the number 4 is classed as an unlucky number in China, with the number 8 being luckiest. Two models of the Mediapad M5 were reported as having gone through Bluetooth certification – SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09. I think you can presume that one model is WiFi only, while the only will also feature cellular connectivity.
Hardware wise, the Mediapad M5 is said to sport an 8.4-inch display with 2560 x 1600 resolution with the HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor (from the Mate 9 and P10) providing the grunt. Despite not having the AI features of the latest Kirin 970, the Kirin 960 is a powerful processor. It’s unknown whether the Mediapad M5 display has a 16:9 aspect or 4:3. If I had to guess,
It’s said that the Mediapad M5 supports Bluetooth 4.2 and that it will launch running Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8 out of the box. It’s always great to see a device running the latest firmware when it launches, and let’s face it, it just isn’t acceptable for any new device to launch at this stage of 2017 running Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
We shouldn’t have too long to wait for confirmation of the tablet because it may be announced at CES in January 2018, just a couple of short weeks away from now, amazingly. Failing that, I’m sure it will launch during MWC 2018 at the very latest. What do you think? Is Huawei’s Mediapad M5 the tablet we need to revive the tablet market?