Huawei’s stylus-equipped MediaPad M2 10 brings mid-range specs in a luxurious body

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 5, 2016
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If you needed more confirmation that Huawei is serious about conquering the West, the telecom giant revealed at its CES 2016 event several devices that will be hitting the US market soon. These are the gold version of the Nexus 6P, two women-focused Huawei Watch versions, the Mate 8 flagship, and two new devices: the 10-inch MediaPad M2 tablet and the GX8 mid-range smartphone. That’s an almost complete range of Android devices, ready to show Americans that Huawei means business.

MediaPad M2 specs, features, and price

The MediaPad M2 features a sleek Mate 8-inspired metallic construction, in a 7.35-mm body weighing a little over a pound. The 10-inch display is a Full HD IPS LCD panel, which isn’t bad for a device that seems to target the middle of the market. The processor is Kirin 930, designed and manufactured in-house by Huawei’s HiSilicon unit. The same chip ticks inside the P8 and some of the other mid-range smartphones that Huawei launched last year.

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Depending on the color version you’re opting for (silver or gold), you get either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The specs difference carries over in the memory department, where the silver version gives you 16GB of storage, while the gold model jumps to 64GB. Either way, there’s a microSD card slot to satiate your storage needs.

The cameras are, at least in terms of resolution, unusually good, with a 13MP sensor on the back and a 5MP shooter up front. Despite how silly they can look, people love to take pics with their tablets, and Huawei seems to get that. Kudos. The battery is a decent 6,600 mAh, and LTE connectivity is available for an extra $50.

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The gold model has one other perk, compared to its silvery sibling: an active stylus, creatively dubbed M-Pen. It’s not clear for now if this stylus is bundled or costs extra.

In a befuddling move, Huawei equipped the MediaPad M2 10 with Android 5.1. Even more worrying, Huawei has a lousy track record of keeping its devices up to date, so, if you care about that a lot, the M2 may not be a great choice for you.

The MediaPad M2 will launch in the US in the first quarter (January-March). Here’s the pricing grid:

  • Silver (2GB + 16GB) WiFi – $349
  • Silver (2GB + 16GB) LTE – $399
  • Gold (3GB + 64GB) LTE – $419
  • Gold (3GB + 64GB) LTE – $469

Interested in this tablet from Huawei? Why? Why not?

  • Пешо Пешев

    Not bad specs, but price is too high- I’ll pay $369 for a 64GB LTE version, but not a cent more… $469 is too steep price for a mid range…

  • Tets

    $419.00 for wifi 3gb + 64gb is what above should say. That’s a good deal I think with microsd support and harman kardon sound, I think I read somewhere else it has 4 speakers, can’t confirm. 1080p movies will look better on this than my Tab S with it’s 1440p screen having to stretch the file to the screen’s resolution. This should also be more mirror friendly with tv’s at the same native resolution as well. I would consider buying it but I’m not quite ready to let go of my Tab S 10.5 from 2014. I’ll wait to see if Sony makes a killer waterproof tablet. I have lost most faith in Samsung from the S6 on, but they may be making partial amends on the S7. Good job Huawei, I don’t know you but keep going you may be a new contender in the U.S. soon enough.

    • Keith Taylor

      Dont give up your tab S for this. I have a Tab S that I bought 6 months ago and love the screen. The speakers on this thing will be better but the movie watching wont be.

      • Airyl

        How do you know that?

        • Keith Taylor

          I base this on that the speakers are Harman Kardon sound and the Tab S being rather basic.. I base it one the fact that as far as the screen as concerned the TabS colors will be brighter with deeper blacks.ICP has more sharpness without the fear of burn in. If they had done a Higher res screen with ICP I would lean towards that. I look at what LG does with its screen and its great but the dont bother using it on a tablet.

          And no I havent used this new tablet but when it comes out I will. Also, the way a pic looks is based on software and a host of other factors and at this point I dont trust Huawei with their own software.

      • Пешо Пешев

        Since when amoled is better than ips? Don’t even try to answer- stupid shits like you can’t think…

        • Keith Taylor

          Dude go fuckyourself. The internet makes folks like you say anything.

    • Eddie Hicks

      “I have lost faith in Samsung from the S6 on”

      From S6 on? How many phones has Samsung come out with since the S6?

    • Paul

      Look at the Sony Z4 tablet. Fast CPU, plenty of RAM and storage. Lightweight, great screen and speakers.

  • nebulaoperator

    AA correct pricing for
    Gold (3GB + 64GB) LTE (wi-fi should be) – $419

  • joey crofts

    Looks interesting. I don’t understand why pretty much all tablets are mid range. The most powerful tablet isn’t even as powerful as the best smartphone, is it? I don’t look into tablets as much as smartphones, but from what I’ve seen, tablets are underrated and underspecced

  • Kunal Narang

    Great looking device and I don’t remember when I last saw 13/5 MP shooters on a tablet, or saw it at all!

  • Slaughter

    The front really looks like a Samsung Tab 0.o

  • OregonGreg

    I find it interesting when people are befuddled why tablet owners would use the cameras on their tablet….simple….ease of use….when using social media, among other uses, when you need a quick pic of something, like the coffee shop you are in, it’s so easy and fast to take the shot and get the photo posted to your timeline in mere seconds….simple….