Here are Huawei’s new MediaPad M5 tablets from MWC 2018

Huawei may have suffered a setback at CES 2018, but they’re not going to let that put a damper on their MWC 2018 plans. They’ve announced a handful of new tablets in the MediaPad M5 family, and we’ll show you what they’re all about.

If you’re interested in a new Huawei tablet, you’ll have three options. There’s an 8.4-inch option and two 10.8-inch options, all with pretty similar specs and hardware. The major differences are obviously size, but the second 10.8-inch also sports a pressure sensitive stylus, a la Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. Huawei is referring to that version the MediaMad M5 Pro.

All of the tablets pack a 2560 x 1600 IPS display, which means the smaller tablet will be just a bit sharper thanks to its higher PPI. They all come in Space Gray and Champagne Gold colors, use Huawei’s Kirin 960 CPU, and run Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 on top. 4GB of RAM is standard across the entire lineup, although storage can vary from 32GB to 128GB depending on which model you want and what country you’re in.

Huawei will be selling LTE-enabled versions of these tablets, and you’ll get Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an 8-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel rear camera.

 MediaPad M5 8.4MediaPad M5 10.8MediaPad M5 Pro
AnnouncedFebruary 25,2018February 25,2018February 25,2018
Released
Display8.4-inch IPS display, 2560 x 1600 resolution, 359ppi10.8-inch IPS display, 2560 x 1600 resolution, 280ppi10.8-inch IPS display, 2560 x 1600 resolution, 280ppi
CPUHuawei HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-coreHuawei HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-coreHuawei HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core
Memory4GB4GB4GB
Storage32GB/64GB/128GB with MicroSD card support up to 256GB32GB/6 with MicroSD card support up to 256GB4GB/128GB64GB/128GB with MicroSD card support up to 256GB
Rear Camera13MP rear camera with AutoFocus, 13MP rear camera with AutoFocus, 13MP rear camera with AutoFocus,
Front Camera8MP with AutoFocus8MP with AutoFocus8MP with AutoFocus
Wireless ConnectivityLTE(Depending on model)
Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac;
2.4 GHz/ 5 GHz**
Bluetooth: 4.2
LTE (Depending on model)
Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac;
2.4 GHz/ 5 GHz**
Bluetooth: 4.2
LTE (Depending on model)
Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac;
2.4 GHz/ 5 GHz**
Bluetooth: 4.2
SensorsAmbient light sensor,
gyroscope, accelerometer,
compass, Hall effect sensor,
fingerprint sensor
Ambient light sensor,
gyroscope, accelerometer,
compass, Hall effect sensor,
fingerprint sensor
Ambient light sensor,
gyroscope, accelerometer,
compass, Hall effect sensor,
fingerprint sensor
AudioBuilt-in microphone, dual
speakers, HUAWEI Histen
stereo sound effect
Built-in microphone, dual
speakers, HUAWEI Histen
stereo sound effect
Built-in microphone, dual
speakers, HUAWEI Histen
stereo sound effect
Dimensions212.6mm x 124.8mm x 7.3mm 258.7mm x 171.8mm x 7.3mm 258.7mm x 171.8mm x 7.3mm
Weight316g498g498g
ColorsSpace Gray, and Champagne
Gold
Space Gray, and Champagne
Gold
Space Gray, and Champagne
Gold
Operating SystemAndroidTM 8.0 + EMUI 8.0AndroidTM 8.0 + EMUI 8.0AndroidTM 8.0 + EMUI 8.0

So how’s pricing on these top-shelf tablets? Well, it’s certainly not aggressive. Huawei is asking €349 (around $430) for the base model of the MediaPad M5, which only comes with 32GB of storage and no LTE connectivity. You add €50 for each upgrade you make (screen size, storage capacity, or LTE) which means a fully upgraded MediaPad M5 with 128GB of storage, a 10.8-inch display, and LTE will cost €549.

Likewise, the MediaPad M5 Pro adds another €50 premium on top of the non-pro model, so if you want that stylus you’ll pay as much as €599, or $740. That’s pretty squarely in Apple iPad territory, for better or worse.

Availability still isn’t crystal clear yet with Huawei’s tablets, but they’re sure to clarify that soon. We’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, you can keep up with the rest of our MWC 2018 coverage here.

 


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.