Unlike last year, Huawei is not coming to MWC with a new P-series smartphone, namely the rumored P20, probably due to Samsung unveiling its highly anticipated Galaxy S9 at the show.
Anyhow, we are happy to see that the Chinese manufacturer is launching premium Android tablets instead, the MediaPad M5 series. And once again the rumored specifications were spot on.

The successor of the MediaPad M3 introduced at IFA 2016, the Huawei MediaPad M5 comes in three flavors: the MediaPad M5 8.4-inch, the MediaPad M5 10.8-inch, and the MediaPad M5 10.8-inch Pro equipped with a digital pen. Each model will be available in Space Grey and Champagne Gold, and no word on the launch date or the pricing. From the rumors, we know that the expected price would be around $400, stay tuned for the update on that during MWC.

Tablets do not get the traction they once used to have, that explains why Huawei last major release was over a year and a half ago. Interestingly, the product line is missing the M4 which would be a logical name to succeed to the M3. Well, in Chinese numerology the number 4 is bad luck, so we sure have our explanation here.

The new Huawei tablets get Huawei’s EMUI 8.0, runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, and features the previous generation flagship Kirin SoC (launched 2016), the octa-core Kirin 960. For reference, the latest Huawei smartphone flagship, the Mate 10 Pro features the latest Kirin 970 processor.

What’s new?

New form factor and a pen:
The new Huawei M-series Android tablet comes now in the 10.8-inch form factor with a Pro version, which has all the same features as the regular 10.8 except for the M-pen that comes with it.

New rear camera:
the MediaPad m3 featured an 8MP camera on the front and on the back, and the M5 gets a 13MP rear shooter while keeping the 8MP resolution on the front.

Processor upgrade:
As usual, Huawei uses its previous-generation high-end processor for its Android tablets, the M3 got the Kirin 950 during the year the Kirin 960 was the new kid on the block, so we expected the M5 to get the octa-core Kirin 960 while the high-end phones run on the Kirin  970.

Different but quite similar dimensions and weight for the 8.4:
At 7.3 mm, the new MediaPad 8.4 delivers the same thinness as its predecessor but is a hair larger at 124.8 mm (vs. 124.2 mm for the M3) and slightly shorter at 212.6 mm (vs. 215.5 mm for the M3)

Similar display and battery capacity: The WQXGA IPS display looks the same with its 2560×1600 resolution and 359 PPI pixel density. Like the previous 8.4-inch model, the M5 8.4 provides 5100 mAh battery capacity.

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