How many Android tablets are there? Among the companies that is committed so that this segment is not completely cannibalized by Apple is Huawei. The MediaPad M5 is not a cheap product like many of the Android tablets, but rather a quality product with a respectable hardware.
Construction and Ergonomics
Huawei MediaPad M5 is a tablet all in all contained, considering the diagonal of its display. The thickness is only 7.3 mm and the entire body is made of metal, remaining however with a weight under 500 grams (498 for accuracy). In the hand the tablet is used quite easily and without particular impacts, if not the inconvenience of finding the fingerprint reader on the same short side behind which we find the physical keys and the camera. The placement of these physical keys is already more correct if we plan to use the tablet horizontally, but at that point the fingerprint reader will be on the side.
MediaPad M5 is equipped with a Kirin HiSilicon 960s octa core 2.1 GHz and a good 4 GB of RAM. The internal memory stops at 32 GB (64 in the Pro version). Not much for a product designed for multimedia and work. The tablet is equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac and LTE, allowing you not only to connect on the move, but also to make calls hands-free or via Bluetooth headphones (which here it is present at version 4.2). We specify this because this product does not have an audio jack. It is a choice that we criticize and contest without reserve. Considering already this practice unsuitable for a smartphone and even less for a tablet.
Too bad that the USB-C port is not equipped with the 3.0 standard that would have allowed to use it as a video output. The precision of the fingerprint reader is fine and the sound provided by the 4 Harman stereo speakers used in this device is very good.
MediaPad M5 is equipped with a 13 megapixel main camera capable of recording video in 4K. Overall it is a camera suitable for a tablet, but anyway, even if you had to try the idea for some reason unknown to us, not adequate to replace a compact camera or a good smartphone on vacation. The options are few, but shooting is quick and simple. Too bad only for the interface a bit ‘small, as if it had been just “spread” for the smartphone. Discrete 8-megapixel front camera, more than enough for good video calls.