First announced back in March 2018, Huawei’s latest tablets – the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro – have made its way to Malaysia. Each will be available with one specification and size, such as 8.4-inch for the MediaPad M5 and 10.8-inch for the higher-end MediaPad M5 Pro.

With mobile gaming on the rise, devices with larger screens should see an increase in adoption, which is what Huawei wants to bet on with the two new models. Huawei has tweaked its EMUI 8.0 to deliver better performance when gaming, by reallocating processing power and other resources from other apps. The two devices also have high battery capacities, so that the user can play for long hours before having to charge.

The MediaPad M5 Pro with the bundled M-Pen and optional keyboard

The MediaPad M5 Pro with the bundled M-Pen and optional keyboard

First, the design. At a glance, it doesn’t look like anything ground-breaking. However, its simplistic elegance is quite robust. The M5, in particular, has a metal frame that helps reinforce the edges, making it tougher against bumps or knocks.
Both devices have 2.5D glass covering a 2K display, which also uses the ClariVu 5.0 technology to adjust photos or videos during playback, allowing you to enjoy crisp and clear visuals. It can even be used as a reading device with Eye Comfort Mode, which makes the screen easier on the eyes for reading.

The Pro version will come bundled with a new M-Pen.

The Pro version will come bundled with a new M-Pen.

As devices that are catered for gamers, the sound was not neglected as well. Huawei opted for Harman Kardon-tuned speakers for the MediaPad M5 (dual speakers) and M5 Pro (quad speakers). In addition, the speakers are boosted by a smart power amplifier chip for greater volume. It also has support for Hi-Res Audio, so it can upsample your MP3 songs and make them sound better.

Since the MediaPad M5 Pro is designed for more in mind, Huawei made sure to bundle an M-Pen with it. This time around, the pen uses a built-in battery that can be recharged when not in use. Featuring 4,096 layers of pressure sensitivity, it can be used to accurately draw or write on the table. In addition, an optional keyboard dock can be used in conjunction with the Pro version’s Desktop Mode, which turns it the device into a Windows-esque system. Files in this mode are segregated from the normal tablet mode, which is useful if you want to keep your work and private files separated.

The Huawei MediaPad M5 will be available starting 13 July 2018 for RM1,499, while the MediaPad Pro will be up for purchase from 25 July 2018 onwards.