Android tablets have been stagnating for a while and we have not really seen much in the way of growth in the market ever since the Samsung Tab S3 came out last year. Well, Huawei is hoping that there new Mediapad M5 series is going to change all of this. Today in Barcelona they have just announced the new MediaPad M5 8.42, MediaPad M5 10.8″ and the MediaPad M5 10.8″ Pro.
So the new tablets are all part of a series called MadiaPad M5 and as mentioned above come in 3 different physical sizes. They all share a quad speaker arrangement and have Huawei’s Mini Soundbar on board. These speakers will utilize a sound profile called Huawei Histen to give a great all round sound experience.
All of them will also feature a front mounted fingerprint reader on what looks to be a button but is not actually clickable. They will also all feature charging capability via USB Type C. The screen albeit of different sizes will all be 2K in resolution with 2.5D glass screen (unsure if this is Gorilla Glass). The PPI of the screens is 359 for the 8.4″ version and 280 for the 10.8″ versions.
The storage of these devices is the same for the 8.4″ and 10.8″ versions at 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, there is, however, a Pro version which will support some different features that will be limited to 64GB and 128GB only. All the tablets will come with 4GB of RAM as well meaning that the EMUI 8.0 version of Android 8.0 will run smoothly. You can also expand all the tablets inbuilt memory with a Micro SD card of up to 256GB if you need to.
Alongside this, we have the usual gamut of sensors that you would expect on a high-end tablet. These include an Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, hall effect sensor and the fingerprint sensor. All the tablets Also have a fixed focus front facing camera and a 13mp rear shooter which has got Autofocus. Battery wise the 8.4″ has got a 5100mAh LiPo battery and the larger 10.8″ has got a 7500mAh LiPo power unit. As for the chipset that is being used we have got the Kirin 960 Octa-core unit to give us the processing power.This will not have the Neural processing Unit that has been seen in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro but it is not really required on a tablet-style device.
Finally, all the tablets will come to market as both Sim enabled models and Wifi only devices, the availability of which will depend on your place of purchase and location. The tablets will be available in Europe from March and will come in at various price points depending on storage size and connectivity.
Those are the details for all the tablets however there is the Pro version that I mentioned as well. This one is a little bit different. It shares all the same physical design of the 10.8″ version but it adds some pogo pins to the bottom of the device.
These pins allow it to dock into a keyboard dock that is also available. This means that you can use the tablet as a 2 in 1 if you wish to. Not only that when you go into this 2 in 1 mode the tablet will load up EMUI Desktop like what we have seen on the Mate 10 Pro. This means that you get a more familiar desktop-style UI that will work more effectively with a mouse and keyboard. Another feature that Pro version gets is the use of the M Pen. This will support up to 4096 levels of pressure and it will also allow for tilt support.
That about wraps up the tablets that were announced today and here is a gallery showing them off in all their glory.
First up the MediaPad 8.4″
Now the MediaPad 10.82 and MediaPad 10.8″ Pro
Here are the specs for the tablets
Huawei Unveils the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro and HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Series at Mobile World
Introducing the future of mobile computing for consumers who want an all-connected world
Barcelona – February 25, 2018 – Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) today unveiled the HUAWEI
MateBook X Pro and HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Series at an exclusive launch event at the Centre de
Convencions Internacional de Barcelona. Beautifully designed both inside and out, the new notebook
and tablet excel at work, at home or on the go for the ultimate mobile computing experience.
Both the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro and HUAWEI MediaPad M5 blend crisp and clear displays, powerful
hardware updates and intelligent software advances:
• HUAWEI MateBook X Pro:
The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is an ultra-slim, yet full-featured 13.9-inch notebook with an allnew
3K touch-enabled HUAWEI FullView Display and 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. Powered
by an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processor, a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 GPU
with 2GB GDDR5 and a long-lasting 57.4Wh (Typical Capacity) battery – the HUAWEI MateBook
X pro is one of the lightest and most powerful notebooks on the market. The HUAWEI MateBook
X Pro features Dolby Atmos Sound System and custom speakers that deliver breakthrough,
immersive audio for sound to flow above and around you, making you feel like you’re inside the
• HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Series:
Ergonomically designed with a 2.5D glass screen and 2K HD, ClariVu 5.0-enhanced display, the
sleek and powerful 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch tablets feature speakers tuned by Harman Kardon.
HUAWEI Histen technology provides immersive 3D audio and fully supports Hi-Res audio for
exceptional sound quality. The 10.8-inch HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Pro comes with an ultra-precise
HUAWEI M-Pen featuring 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity to make note-taking effortless.
“Today’s consumers want more: they expect their technology to be both powerful and adaptable – and
Huawei is committed to creating devices that not only meet these expectations, but create experiences
that make everyday computing extraordinary,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
“The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro and HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Series are at the forefront of a new
generation of mobile computing that empowers every aspect of your life.”
HUAWEI MateBook X Pro
The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is the first notebook to feature HUAWEI FullView Display. The 13.9-inch 3K
notebook featuring an all-new 10-point touchscreen has a 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution and is set at a 3:2
aspect ratio, perfect for content creation. Its stylish metallic body design is crafted with perfect diamond
cutting and sandblasting finishing technologies to create an ultra-slim body that is just 14.6mm thin and
weighs 1.33 kg, making it comfortable to carry. The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is available in two iconic
colors: Space Gray and Mystic Silver.
The premium design of the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is matched by its performance. Featuring a
powerful 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processor and a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 GPU with
INTERNAL USE ONLY – NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION
, it is one of the most powerful and lightweight notebooks on the market. The HUAWEI
MateBook X Pro features Dolby Atmos Sound System – breakthrough, immersive audio with Dolby
Atmos and custom speakers. A 57.4Wh (Typical Capacity) battery and Huawei’s low power consumption
design provide up to 12 hours of 1080P video playback, 14 hours of regular work or 15 hours of
Huawei has applied many of its innovative smartphone technologies to the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro to
create effortless and intuitive user experiences. Pioneered by Huawei for the HUAWEI MateBook Series,
the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro features the super-fast power button 2.0 which enables login in just 7.8
seconds from power off, and 6.6 seconds from hibernation. In addition, the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro
features the world’s first recessed camera which discreetly sits on the keyboard – to activate it, all users
need to do is press it and it will pop up, ensuring privacy when it’s not being used. This contributes
greatly to the perfect experience of FullView Display. A multi-purpose adapter supports USB-C fast
charging widely used in smartphones, meaning users only need to bring one charger when travelling for
even greater portability. By developing a high-speed transport protocol, Huawei Share enables users to
exchange photos and files quickly, easily and safely, without USB compatibility problems. The Wi-Fi
transfer speed is up to 20Mbps, 100 times faster than that of Bluetooth.
HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Series
The HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Series is the world first tablet featuring a 2.5D glass screen for outstanding
viewing experiences and great hand-feel. Both the 8.4- and 10.8-inch tablets take the iconic design of
the Series to the next level with a sleek metal uni-body and U-shaped antenna design that is ergonomic
and aesthetically pleasing. They are available in two colors: Champagne Gold and Space Gray.
With the HUAWEI MediaPad M5, users can take a world of immersive entertainment experiences with
them wherever they go. The 2K and ClariVu 5.0-enhanced display captures even the subtlest details
while intelligent algorithms ensure videos stay crisp and clear. The MediaPad M5 comes with two
speakers on the 8.4-inch version and four speakers on the 10.8-inch version, tuned by Harman Kardon
and HUAWEI Histen for immersive 3D sound. The support from Hi-Res audio when listening through
headphones allows music to be experienced the way artists intended.
The HUAWEI MediaPad M5 is powered by a Kirin 960 Series processor for peak performance whether
gaming, browsing the web or catching up on emails. EMUI 8.0 ensures a clean and user-friendly
experience. A long-lasting battery – 5,100 mAh for 8.4-inch and 7,500 mAh for 10.8-inch – is augmented
with HUAWEI QuickCharge technology.
Android has been optimized for productivity on the 10.8-inch HUAWEI MediaPad M5 with a ‘Desktop
View’ experience that improves navigation for productivity-related activities. This includes a Taskbar and
easy access to files for sharing and editing. The 10.8-inch HUAWEI MediaPad M5 also features ‘Pogo
Pins’ that allow a keyboard3 to be connected, improving productivity even further.