Huawei won’t bring the rumored Huawei P20 smartphone to MWC 2018, so what will the company reveal at the show? One possible new device is the MediaPad M5, a range of high-spec Android tablets that may supersede the MediaPad M3 released in 2016. We were big fans of the MediaPad M3, and although tablets really aren’t as popular as they once were, we have high hopes this will be a good one. Here’s everything we think we know about the Huawei MediaPad M5.
The MediaPad M5 may come in different sizes, much like Huawei has done with tables in the past. A leak mentions three different M5 models: An 8-inch model codename Schubert, a 10-inch model codename Cameron, and a 10-inch Pro model codename Cameron Pro.
Name, price, and release details
If the last major Huawei tablet release was the MediaPad M3, why isn’t the next going to be the MediaPad M4? It’s possible Huawei will skip the MediaPad M4 — the number 4 is often associated with bad luck in China — and go straight to the MediaPad M5. A Bluetooth filing certainly backs this up, linking the model numbers SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09 with the MediaPad M5, after the tablets passed through its qualification labs in December.
The MediaPad M3 was 350 euros upon release, but a price leak warns the price may go up for the MediaPad M5 range. An 8-inch model is listed at 330 euros/$410 or 380 euros/$473 with 4G LTE, a 10-inch version at 380 euros/$473 or 420 euros/$523 with 4G LTE, and finally a 10-inch Pro model with a stylus for 520 euros/$650.
Huawei will hold a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2018, where it won’t show the P20 smartphone, making the MediaPad range a possible replacement.
To replace the MediaPad M3, at least one of the rumored MediaPad M5 tablets will need to have a strong specification. The MediaPad M5 Pro is likely to be the top-of-the-range version, and is rumored to come with a stylus, 64GB of storage space, 4GB of RAM, and 4G LTE as standard. No processor is mentioned, but Bluetooth certification from 2017 indicated one of the tablets would use a Kirin 960 chip.
When the tablet passed through the Bluetooth qualification process — where it was actually labeled as a smartphone — the screen size was listed as 8.4-inches, the same as the MediaPad M3, with a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution. This suggests it’s the 8-inch M5 codename Schubert. Subsequently, data spotted on a website log a tablet with the model number SHT-AL09 — also attached to the Schubert version in a more recent leak — showed the presence of Android 8.0 Oreo. If Android 8.0 is installed, there is a good chance Huawei’s own EMUI 8.0 or EMUI 5.1 user interface will be in place over the top. We’ve seen and enjoyed using the updated EMUI 8.0 on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone.
We’ll keep you updated regarding the MediaPad M5 right here, as more news arrives.
Updated on February 15: Added price leaks, screen sizes, and updated possible announcement dates.