Huawei Launches Trio of MediaPad M5 Tablets in US

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Today (June 12) Huawei's made its MediaPad M5 tablet series — which start at $319 — available in the United States, via Amazon and Newegg. There are three models in total, with 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch Space Gray versions ($319 and $359, respectively) and a 10.8-inch Pro ($449) model in Champagne Gold. 1528812514757

The Pro model's perks, outside of its colorway, include the Huawei M-Pen, a stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Also, the non-Pro models feature Huawei's Kirin 960 CPU, while the Pro features the 960s processor. Each features 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, as well as a micro SD memory reader that can expand storage to 256GB.

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All of the M5 tablets run Android 8.0 and Huawei's EMUI optimizations. No matter which size you get, it will feature a 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS screen with ClariVu technology for enhancing color and contrast, and a 2.5D curved glass pane, the latter being a feature most-often seen in smartphones. The 8.4-inch tablet features dual speakers, while the 10.8-inch models have quad speakers.

Huawei's saying the tablets' slimmer, lighter designs feature a curved metal chassis for increased ergonomics. Both the 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch slates measure 0.29 inches thick, while the smaller model weighs 11.15 ounces, and the larger models weigh 17.56 ounces. 

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The 8.4-inch M5 packs a 5100 mAh battery, which Huawei rates for 11 hours of 1080p video playback, while the 10.8-inch models feature 7500 mAh batteries, and are rated for 12 hours of 1080p video playback. We look forward to putting these tablets through the Laptop Mag Battery Test. 

In a press release, Huawei notes the 10.8-inch M5 will feature a "transformed" Desktop View experience that's optimized for work tasks. A Pogo-Pin port enables users to connect a keyboard for enhanced productivity. 

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  • Jerry Suppan Says:

    Android-based tablets are dead, especially when the manufacturers don't even bother to support OS updates after the fact of the sale. We got your money. Enjoy your Android 8 forever and a day. No more updates. Goodbye! Check out the market and see how many Android tablets are still stuck at 4.x, 5.x because the manufacturers don't want to expend the time and effort resources to keep the operating system up-to-date. They'd rather you buy another one next year. Had this be somehing like Acer's soon-to-be released Chromebook Tab 10, which is based on the ChromeOS, and as such, WILL see updates because Google is behind it, and the added fact it can also do Android apps, that seems like a much more logical purchase decision then these new Android-only toys released from Huawei.

    Sorry but, not this time around. Good luck Huawei. I hope you see the light the next time around as Acer, and HP are already beginning to do so.

  • John Lokong Says:

    How do i get one of these gadgets?

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