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Review Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro - Perhaps the best Android tablets today

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Recently there has been a sharp decline.tablet sales on Android. However, Huawei still manages to be the most successful in this market. The previous MediaPad M3 was a solid tablet, and the company updated this line with new Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro devices.

Let's see if the new items are good enough to buy them?

  • Design MediaPad M5
  • Clear screens
  • Tablet performance
  • Hardware
  • Sound from speakers
  • Keyboard docking station and stylus
  • Ordinary cameras
  • Software
  • Specifications
  • Should I buy?
  • Design Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro

    The design of the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro standard - all-metal body, smooth to the touch. The corners are beautifully rounded, and the back end tapers at the edges, providing a comfortable fit in the hand.

    New in design is the addition of glass2.5D on the front panel, which perfectly complements the rounded and curved aesthetics of the tablets. Both on the M5 and on the M5 Pro, plastic antennas are located on the top and bottom of the case for better signal reception and cellular communication.

    Unlike smart phones with small frames,Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro have a solid and wide framework, but it makes sense. Wide frame, allows you to conveniently hold the tablet without touching the display.

    Some controls MediaPad M5 Proallow you to use the tablet only in landscape orientation. Use in portrait will be inconvenient due to the location of the power button and the volume on the side.

    8.4-inch MediaPad M5 opposite, designedfor portrait orientation, with ports and buttons arranged like regular smartphones. The power and volume keys are on the right side, and the front camera and the Huawei logo on the top front panel. USB Type-C port is located on the bottom.

    Clear and colorful screens

    Tablet Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro are equippedIPS displays with a resolution of 2560 × 1600. But, the M5's screen is 8.4-inches, while the M5 Pro offers much more viewing experience at 10.8-inches.

    The screens of both devices are incredibly clear, bright, sharp and rich in colors.

    Tablet performance

    Under the case of both MediaPad M5 isHuawei’s latest generation Kirin 960 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The tablets are fast and responsive, and their performance is enough for everyday work.

    With scrolling through the interface, browsing the web,multitasking and graphically simple games gadgets coped without problems. How well they will work in the future only time will tell, at the moment the Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro do an excellent job with my daily requirements.

    Hardware

    MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro are available in versions with 32, 64 and 128 GB of internal memory, which is increased with the help of microSD. There is also a slot for a SIM card in LTE variants.

    Fingerprint scanners located onfront panels can be used to navigate through the OS instead of the on-screen buttons. Headphone jack on both models is not provided, but the kit includes an adapter for connecting a headset.

    Sound from speakers

    Huawei compensates for all the flaws with the impressive Harmon Kardon speakers. The 8.4-inch M5 is equipped with two speakers, and the 10.8-inch has a clearer four-channel speaker system.

    The speakers are not only loud, but also with goodsound quality. They are clear, with no signs of distortion, even at maximum volume. These are some of the best speakers that make listening to music on the tablet more enjoyable.

    Keyboard docking station and stylus

    Distinguishes Huawei MediaPad M5 from M5 Pro -A docking station with a keyboard and an M-Pen stylus that allows you to create drawings, write notes, and even do handwritten calculations using a calculator application.

    The Huawei stylus has the size of an ordinary pen, which makes it more convenient to use. It also has a built-in battery that charges through the USB Type-C port hidden beneath the clip.

    Keyboard docking station makes MediaPad M5 Prolike a laptop. Unlike the stylus, the docking station does not have its own battery. It consumes energy from the tablet, is connected via copper connectors, and is attached with plastic levers.

    The docking station also plays the role of a protective casethe back side of which is folded in the form of a stand, which allows you to conveniently place the tablet on your lap or on the table. Both inside and out, it is covered with a soft material that feels pleasant to the touch.

    Keyboard MediaPad M5 Pro is not the most spacious,but with a pleasant key response and it is very convenient to type text on it. With it, you can adjust the screen brightness, volume and control the playback of multimedia.

    A small trackpad is inconvenient to use, andscrolling and moving windows is very slow compared to using the touch screen. When typing, there is no delay, but when adjusting the volume or controlling the playback of music, it takes a couple of seconds before the tablet reacts to a keystroke.

    Standard M5 Pro comes with a 7500 batterymAh 8.4-inch model runs on a 5100 mAh battery. The power of these batteries is enough for several days of moderate and for the whole day of intensive use. Power saving mode and intelligent lowering screen resolution further increase autonomy.

    Ordinary cameras

    The entire line of MediaPad M5 is equipped with the samecameras - 8-megapixel front and 13-megapixel rear. Tablet cameras have never been good and these gadgets are no exception. The quality of photos can be compared with most everyday smartphones.

    The resolution of 13 MP does not make the pictures clearer,colors are blurred here, and the dynamic range is almost absent. Huawei has equipped the camera with most of the functions and the same shooting modes that can be found on the smartphone. The only exception was the presence of portrait and widescreen mode.

    Software

    The new Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro work on Android OS 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0. Aesthetically, EMUI is very similar to Apple's iOS, with rounded square icons and a spotlight-esque search function.

    I never liked the EMUI shell because of the similarity with iOS, and also because of the large number of pre-installed applications. Fortunately, most of them can be removed.

    The main feature of the softwareThese tablets is adding a desktop mode that can start automatically when connected to a docking station. This mode turns the Android interface into a traditional Windows 10 or ChromeOS desktop, with a taskbar and other elements, such as time, notifications and basic system functions in the lower right corner.

    Specifications Huawei MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro

    Indicator

    MediaPad M5 8.4

    MediaPad M5 10.8

    MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8

    Display

    8.4 ″ IPS 2560 × 1600 359 ppi in 16:10 format

    10.8 ″ IPS 2560 × 1600 280 ppi in 16:10 format

    10.8 ″ IPS 2560 × 1600 280 ppi in 16:10 format

    CPU

    8-core HiSilicon Kirin 960

    8-core HiSilicon Kirin 960

    8-core HiSilicon Kirin 960

    Graphics

    Mali-G71 MP8

    Mali-G71 MP8

    Mali-G71 MP8

    Ram

    4 GB

    4 GB

    4 GB

    ROM

    32/64/128 GB expandable microSD

    32/64/128 GB expandable microSD

    64/128 GB expandable microSD

    Camera

    Rear: 13 MP

    Front: 8 MP

    Rear: 13 MP

    Front: 8 MP

    Rear: 13 MP

    Front: 8 MP

    Battery

    5100 mAh Non-removable

    7500 mAh Non-removable

    7500 mAh Non-removable

    Connection

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz) Bluetooth v4.2, optional LTE

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz) Bluetooth v4.2, optional LTE

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz) Bluetooth v4.2, optional LTE

    Sensors

    Illumination

    Approximations

    Gyroscope

    Compass

    Accelerometer

    Illumination

    Approximations

    Gyroscope

    Compass

    Accelerometer

    Illumination

    Approximations

    Gyroscope

    Compass

    Accelerometer

    Authentication

    PIN, fingerprint scanner

    PIN, fingerprint scanner

    PIN, fingerprint scanner

    Audio

    2 speakers Harmon Kardon

    Four-channel speakers Harmon Kardon

    Four-channel speakers Harmon Kardon

    BY

    Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0

    Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0

    Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0

    Dimensions and weight

    212 × 124.8 × 7.3 mm

    316 g

    258.7 × 171.8 × 7.3 mm

    498 g

    258.7 × 171.8 × 7.3 mm

    498 g

    Colors

    Golden gray

    Golden gray

    Golden gray

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    Total

    Prices for tablets Huawei MediaPad M5 starts from 349 € (25 000 p.) And range up to 599 € (42 000 p.), Depending on the version you choose. The MediaPad M5 is a great deal from Huawei.

    If you are looking for a really nice tablet onAndroid, do not look beyond the Huawei MediaPad M5 line. A durable case, bright display, long battery life and excellent speakers make these gadgets ideal companions for everyday work.

    Benefits of MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro

    • Durable metal body.
    • Large and bright display.
    • Excellent performance.
    • Loud and clear speakers.
    • Great for multimedia and games.
    • Long battery life.
    • Expandable internal memory.

    Disadvantages of MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro

    • Average cameras.
    • No headphone jack.

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