In the current world of dwindling tablets sales and shipping figures, certain big names are still very active in the tablet; making big moves and steadily churning out new amazing products. Apple’s iPad will remain a force to be reckoned with in the tablet department and normally, Samsung is doing pretty good, too. But then again, Huawei; also not here to play.
Huawei makes the best of smartphones that you can easily forgive the brand if they release average tablet with mediocre specs. But they actually don’t… and that’s impressive. I mean, the Chinese OEM’s latest tablet, the Huawei Mediapad M5 Pro is a monster.
Released in Q1 2018, the Huawei Mediapad M5 Pro is the sequel to the Mediapad M5 and it comes with amazeballs features that has placed it in the tablet top spot with the like of iPad Pro and iPad 2018, and also earned it many nicknames like ‘iPad rival’, ‘iPad Killer’ etc.
Design-wise, the Mediapad M5 Pro’s aesthetic shows how much work Huawei put into making the tablet a stunning piece. The tablet comes with a smooth aluminum finish on the rear and on the front, a 2.5D curved glass covering the display — this positions the Mediapad M5 Pro as the first tablet to have its display curved to the edges for smooth handling during usage. The display in itself is the best you’d find on a tablet.
The Mediapad M5 Pro comes with a 10.8 inches display with a stunning visual quality, owing to its 2560×1600 2K pixels resolution and 280 ppi pixel density. When in horizontal position, the home button, which doubles as the fingerprint sensor is below the display. When in landscape, it is to the side.
The M5 Pro comes with a total of four speakers which are evenly distributed on the tablet for optimal audio experience. Two speakers are engraved on each breadth of the M5 Pro. If you are one in need of a tablet for entertainment purposes, the visual and audio combination will leave you in awe.
The Camera, Keyboard, Stylus
The primary camera and gold contacts are the only occupants of the M5 Pro’s real estate. The three gold contacts are the attachment points for the attachable keyboard; which is the attachment point for the M-Pen stylus pen.
The M-Pen is made out of aluminum, with two buttons (for taking screenshots, deleting images, and launching apps) almost close to the tip, 4,096 layers of pressure sensitivity, supports tilt and shade operation, and has a USB-C charging port neatly hidden behind the stylus pocket clip.
Being a tablet, naturally, not much is expected. However, the 13-megapixels rear camera would take the best pictures and videos; it’s not like you would use the rear camera of a tablet very much anyway. The rear camera sensor is protruding and bumpy, and many reviews point this out as a problem, but I don’t see it as one.
On the front, an 8MP sensor will perform well with selfies and your video call needs.
The Hardware and Software
On the inside, Huawei’s native Kirin 960 system-on-chip powers the tablet while multitasking is handled by the inherent 4GB of RAM. To store files, documents and other multimedia, there is a built-in 64GB memory which can to tuned up to 128GB via SD card expansion. There is also a second edition with 128GB built-in memory, but for more cheddar of course.
When you attach the keyboard to the Huawei Mediapad M5 Pro, a pop-up appears on the screen requesting if you would love to activate ‘Desktop View’, a mode which limits access to certain ‘tablet apps’ and allows users productively use ‘desktop apps’ like calendar, Chrome browser, Email, WPS Office, Notepad, Messenger, and Gallery.
Keeping the Huawei Mediapad M5 Pro up and running is a 7,500mAh which, despite the colossal size, charges up in 2.5 — 3 hours and can conveniently supply 12 hours of 1080P video playback. The M-Pen stylus also picks up battery longevity traits from the tablet itself, although the battery capacity is unknown. The stylus takes about 1 hour 40minutes for a full charge, but can return 50 hours of usage period— with 2 hours of usage per day.
The Huawei Mediapad M5 Pro is a tablet with top quality audio, visual properties among others which makes it the perfect productivity tablet for watching movies, work, playing games, and overall entertainment.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Price and Availability
The tablet has been launched and is available for sale globally for $675 (64GB memory model) while the model with higher internal storage (128GB) is available for little above $700.