Can you imagine any device made by Huawei challenging the highly successful Samsung Galaxy Tab S2? You don’t need to think any further than that as I introduce to you the brand new Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0. Just like the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, it is thin, light, has a good solid build and it is extremely affordable given what it has to offer.
In the midst of expensive full- sized tablets such as Apple iPad Air 2, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, buyers fancying an alternative will be happy to know that there is a solid choice waiting from the Chinese. And judging from the level of detail that was put into the design and execution of their latest Phablet, the Huawei Mate 8, there is plenty reason to be genuinely excited.
As the name suggests, the MediaPad M2 has a display measuring 10 inches punctuated by a 1200 x 1920 pixels full HD quality. With 224 ppi, it has the same level of clarity as the Yoga tablet though the iPad Air 2 and the Tab S2 have considerably higher levels of fidelity.
It packs android 5.1 Lollipop OS with a skin of Emotion 3.1 user interface. The tablet, as would logically be expected, works using the landscape orientation mode. Other devices can work with portrait orientation as well but for this particular tablet, this is what you should expect.
The body itself is a product of aluminum alloy which makes the slate feel sturdy and expensive. Although the look it has is slightly understated, there is a premium aesthetic quality added by what industry specialists call sandblasting. This is the effect created by the surface looking grainy like a sandpaper would without the coarseness. Simply put, the design is absolutely gorgeous to behold.
On the sides, it measures 7.35 mm and it weighs an impressive 490 g on the scales. The rounded button just below the display screen serves as a home navigation key as well as a fingerprint scanner. Unlike the Air 2 and the Galaxy Tab S2, the button is located on the longer side, and again this is because of its landscape orientation. It therefore comes as no surprise that the power button and the volume rocker are located on the right hand side of the shorter edges to facilitate easy access when holding the slate with both hands.
Another interesting aspect about this slate is the manufacturer’s decision to include four speakers with their grates around the sides to create an awesome stereo effect when playing audio files. These speakers have had enhancements done through the input of Harman Kardon’s genius technology. The bass levels are good and even at high volume levels, there is no discernible distortions; if only hearing damage was not a factor, you would be encouraged to keep it on high volume the entire time.
It is expected that the tablet will have very good sensitivity for using stylus with its 2048- level pressure sensitivity. Multitasking using different active windows at the same time is possible as well. This is thanks to the HiSilicon Kirin 930 processor built into the slate with eight cores having speeds of up to 2.0 GHz.
The standard edition will come with 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM while the premium version will feature 64 GB and 3 GB respectively for its memory devices.
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||239.8 x 172.8 x 7.4 mm
|OS||Android OS, v5.1 Lollipop|
|Processor||2.0 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53 &
1.5 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53,
HiSilicon Kirin 930 chipset (64- bit)
|Internal storage||16/64 GB|
|External storage||Micro SD, up to 128 GB*|
|Screen size||10.1 inches, Stylus input (Optional)|
|Resolution||1200 x 1920 pixels (Full HD)|
|Pixel density||224 ppi|
|Screen type||IPS capacitive, 16 M colors|
|Speed||HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL;
LTE 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Battery||6660 mAh, Li-Po|
|Camera||13 MP, 5 MP front-facing|
|Others||4 stereo speakers, Harman Kardon audio,