It has become clear that Huawei is targeting Apple and the premium segment, and with the announcement of the new MediaPad M5 tablet series, the company obviously thinks that there is still a market for premium tablets.
Coming in two IPS screen sizes, 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch - both covered with 2.5D glass - the Huawei MediaPad M5 tablets share almost every other specification, including 2560x1600 resolution and its own Kirin 960 SoC. Both also use metal unibody design with reinforced edges, 4GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage.
In case you missed it, Huawei's Kirin 960, the same one used in the P10 and Mate 9 smartphones, features four 2.36GHz-clocked Cortex-A73 cores and four 1.84GHz-clocked Cortex-A53 cores, paired up with Mali-G71MP8 GPU.
Aiming to offer the so-called 2-in-1 experience, Huawei also announced a special keyboard, which can only be paired up with a larger 10.8-inch version and also has a special version of the 10.8-inch tablet which will come with an M-Pen. The few other differences between two models include stereo speakers on the smaller one and quad speakers on the larger one and 5,100mAh vs. 7,500mAh batteries.
The rest of the features include a 13-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera at the front, LTE connectivity for LTE-versions, which are significantly more expensive, and the Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
The price starts at €349 for the 32GB 8.4-inch MediaPad M5 with WiFi and €399 for the larger 10.8-inch one in the same configuration. The price rises up to €499 for the 128GB 8.4-inch LTE-version and €549 for the 128GB 10.8-inch LTE version. The MediaPad M5 Pro is around €50 more expensive.