8.3/10
Informr score
The Huawei MediaPad M5 8 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

If you’re looking for a tablet for more than the occasional video or web browsing session, the Huawei offers iPad-like performance in a familiar Android format. 

What's good

  • Bright, colorful display
  • Snappy performance
  • All-day battery life
  • Quick Charge support
  • Stereo speakers
  • microSD support

What's bad

  • Weak cameras
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Lots of bloatware

Android tablets have yet to truly compete with Apple’s iPad series. However, Huawei’s latest release hopes to change that. But with the budget-minded market and a lack of premium competition, does the MediaPad M5 offer an experience that justifies its price against the ultra-affordable Kindle heavyweights of the Android tablet market?

Looking at the tablet, it’s obvious this isn’t your average plastic, blocky Android tablet. The metal unibody design features curved sides and rounded corners that somewhat resemble the older Galaxy S phone lineup.

The buttons and speaker grills are set back on the edges to hide them from view when looking directly at the tablet. While this creates a clean look, reviewers noted the placement took time to adjust to. 

While the case is smooth, reviewers had no issues keeping a firm grip on the tablet. Many also felt the size made it perfect for one-handed use.

Around front, you’ll find an 8.4-inch 2560-by-1600 pixel IPS display with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Reviewers loved the punchy colors of the screen, the overall brightness, and the excellent viewing angles. Huawei also provides settings to adjust color temperatures and even change the resolution to fit your preferences.

Huawei used last year’s flagship processor -- the 2.4Ghz octa-core Kirin 960 -- to power the tablet. While it won’t keep up with flagship phones, this processor makes it one of the most powerful Android tablets to date. Paired with 4GB of RAM, reviewers had no problems multitasking, gaming, and reading content-heavy websites. 

Depending on the variant and your region, the tablet comes with 32 to 128GB of internal storage. Adding more space for media or apps is simple with the included microSD card slot.

The tablet runs Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0. While most reviewers loved the minimalist approach to the visuals on Huawei’s skin, they weren’t happy with the amount of bloatware on the device. Fortunately, most apps can be uninstalled to take back your storage space and improve performance.

The 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and front-facing 8MP lens were also sore spots in many reviews. But, tablets have never been known for their photography prowess. With no flash on the rear camera, it suffers from noisy low-light shots. The HDR mode is weak, and the camera struggles in high-contrast shots. Overall, while suitable for scans or quick snapshots, the cameras just don’t have what it takes to stand out on the competitive mobile photography landscape.

However, on the audio front, reviews take a sharp upswing. The tablet includes stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon. While they’re pointing backward from the display, reviewers found the audio plenty loud for streaming music, watching movies, or using video chat. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack. But, as long as you can keep track of it, the included USB Type-C adapter will let you use your favorite cans.

The tablet’s 5100mAH battery with USB Type-C Quick Charge support netted most reviewers a full day on a single charge -- even with heavy usage. Some reached two days, but three was a stretch. 

Overall, reviews for this tablet are positive. TechRadar says, “Despite not quite being a five-star device, the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 is still the best sub-10-inch Android tablet around right now.“ Android Authority agrees, saying, “These are some of the best Android tablets we’ve seen in a while. They’re well designed with gorgeous displays and fantastically loud speakers that make them great for multimedia purposes.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
8.4"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechnoBuffalo

Really good Android tablets are a rare and beautiful thing. The MediaPad M5 is one of the best. This price is basically $6 off the best price we've ever seen, and we haven't seen it drop that low since Black Friday.

- John Levite, TechnoBuffalo
TechNave

The Huawei MediaPad M5 makes an excellent companion while on the move be it for watching movies, listening to music, or even doing work due to the lightweight nature of the device. Not only that, but it is also fitted with specifications that could handle almost anything you throw at it.

- TechNave
The Wirecutter

A crisp, 8.4-inch display, a quick fingerprint sensor, and a lightweight but durable aluminum body.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
Android and Me

The MediaPad M5 sells for $319, and it’s hard not to recommend the tablet at this price point. With nearly flagship hardware, good battery life, an awesome display, and solid speakers, it’s a fantastic device for content consumption and travel.

- Dima Aryeh, Android and Me
Neowin

The Huawei MediaPad M5 is an excellent mini tablet for consumption. I think that if you're even reading this review, then you know you want a mini tablet, and I can confidently say that you'll be happy with this one.

- Rich Woods, Neowin


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Screen Size
8.4"

The Huawei MediaPad M5 8's screen size is 8.4 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5100mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 5100 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 10.45 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

MediaPad M5 8 Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2018
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 11.68 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10.45 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.26 x 12.48 x 0.73 cm (8.4 x 4.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 316 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 359 pixels
Size 8.4 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

LTE variant with Nano SIM card slot also available.

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