A good many tablets have been crafted as platforms to consume content be it watching videos or poring through an e-book but not many have been designed specifically for gaming or productivity which is where Huawei aims to fill in the gap with the MediaPad M5 tablet series as it comes with a host of hardware to fulfill its raison d’etre as well as two different variants dubbed the MediaPad M5 and the MediaPad M5 Pro depending on your predilection for gaming or productivity.
The smaller variant, designated as the MediaPad M5 remains a classic rectangular slab in terms of its existing form factor. Crammed within the 7.3mm thin casing is an 8.4-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel touchscreen display, a Kirin 960 processor running Android Oreo 8.0, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. On the imaging front, it has a rear 13-MP camera and a front 8-MP selfie camera. To keep things juiced it has a 5,100mAh battery.
For the Malaysia market, the MediaPad M5 ships in your choice of Space Gray and Champagne Gold.
The MediaPad M5 also comes with an optional gamepad that lets you mount the MediaPad M5 sideways for gaming duties which opens the slate for quite a few possibilities for FPS and racing games.
MediaPad M5 Pro
A larger-sized variant exists as well with a 10.8-inch display with similar specifications bar the larger screen and a larger battery. Designated as the MediaPad M5 Pro, the larger variant has a screen that has a similar 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution as its smaller 8.4-inch sibling albeit with a slightly lower PPI on account of the larger screen size.
The MediaPad M5 Pro also retains a similar Kirin 960 chipset running Android Oreo 8.0 like the smaller MediaPad M5, has 4GB RAM and also has 64GB of storage. The MediaPad M5 Pro also comes with an attachable optional keyboard cover as well as a desktop mode that offers a similar experience to a PC.
Doodlers will also appreciate the fact that the MediaPad M5 Pro ships with an M Pen stylus that can be recharged via a USB Type C port on the side. In terms of colours, the MediaPad M5 Pro only ships in Space Gray.
Since gaming invariariably needs a solid sound system, the MediaPad M5 series has a pair of side mounted Harman Kardon speakers with Hi-Res audio support which is a good step up from the usual mono speakers. In the case of the MediaPad M5, the speakers are oriented on the top and bottom which makes it best ideal for use in landscape mode. The larger MediaPad M5 Pro has them oriented on the sides as opposed to the top and bottom.
The MediaPad M5 Pro also has a fairly hefty 7,500mAh battery which ought to keep you powering through for quite a while. Fret not if you run low on juice as the battery can be juiced up to maximum in under two hours.
In Malaysia the MediaPad M5 will retail for RM1,499 the 4GB RAM/64GB configuration in your choice of either Champagne Gold or Space Gray. The larger MediaPad M5 Pro will retail for RM1,899 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB variant in Space Gray. The optional keyboard accessory has no price tag as yet. The MediaPad M5 hits the market tomorrow while the MediaPad M5 Pro arrives from 25 July onwards. To reward fans, buyers of the MediaPad M5 will each get the free gamepad on purchase while buyers the MediaPad M5 Pro will get a free flip cover. Customers also get a free six-month subcription to Viu of either MediaPad M5. The gifts are available while stocks last so you’d best hustle if you’re keen.