Tablets may not be the most exciting product category these days, but they also aren’t quite as dead.Indeed, the company argues that it’s now the third largest tablet maker in the world. It’s no surprise then that the company today unveiled two new tablets named as MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro under its MediaPad brand at its annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference in Barcelona.
The new MediaPad M5 tablets will come in two sizes 8.4 and 10.8 inches. For the most part, the smaller and larger tablets have exactly the same specs, with 2560×1600 displays with 2.5D glass, which Huawei claims is a “world first”. The devices are powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960, an octa-core processor where four cores clocked at 2.4GHz based on ARM Cortex-A73 and another four clocked at 1.8GHz which are based on ARM Cortex-A53 paired with a Mali-G71MP8 GPU. The devices come with 4GB of RAM and either 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage variants. They also come with pretty standard 8MP front cameras and 13MP rear cameras, all the usual sensors (including a fingerprint sensor). On the software side of the equation, the MediaPad M5 tablets run Huawei’s homegrown Emotion UI 8.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.
There is a third version, too, the 10.8-inch MediaPad M5 Pro, which features the exact same specs as the regular 10.8-inch M5, but with added support for Huawei’s M-Pen. As the company stressed during a briefing ahead of the event, the pen features 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and support for tilting and shading. The Pro will also support a detachable keyboard.
All versions of the tablet are available in, as Huawei notes, “two iconic colors: Space Gray and Mystic Silver.”
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